Taste of Kingston | The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro

Friday, April 03, 2015


Proudly Canadian. 100% Beef. People Pleaser.

These three words truly describe The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro. Located at 298 Princess St in Kingston, Ontario, it offers a relaxed and funky dining experience with elaborate and handcrafted creations. Pineapple, peanut butter, avocado, egg, beets, you name it - The Works generously piles it on top of a fresh beef patty and a bun. With an overwhelming list of creatively named burger topping combinations, there is something for every taste.

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro Kingston

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro Kingston

The Works has been doing quite well for itself since its official opening in July 2011 by owner, Shirley MacLean also known as "Sexy Red", offering over 50 gourmet burgers, fresh-cut fries, milkshakes and beer - seems like a 50's diner with a quirky twist! How does it all go down? Diners have a choice of seven different patty options - Canadian beef, chicken breast, ground turkey, portobello mushroom cap and gourmet veggie as well as the option of upgrading to a cheese stuffed beef patty (cheesy-licious!) or to a lean elk patty (my fav!). Another amazing aspect about this burger joint is their commitment to offering equally delicious burgers to folks with gluten intolerance and vegetarians!

As for the starters, I fully endorse the Tower-O-Rings which literally are a stack of crispy breaded onion rings (best I've ever had!) served with two dipsticks (make sure to get the Beechhouse and Tzatziki Chill sauce) for dippin'. With all this food talk, you'll sure get thirsty - the ice cream milkshakes and slushies are the way to go!

The Works Gourmet Bistro Burger definitely redefines what a burger with "the works" really means!

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro Kingston

Burgers aside, The Works interior decor also needs to be given a round of applause as it screams construction site/factory with a definite polished touch. Hello industrial themed! Nowhere else would you ever find big garage door windows that open up in the summer, pipes over top with valves and gauges, pendant lights hanging from the ceiling and creatively designed walls with licenses plates, knick knacks and art paying homage to a local rock band.

You'll also notice drinks being served in measuring cups, metal trays, light bulb salt and pepper shakers and table tops branded with the restaurants name - how neat is that!

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro Kingston

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro Kingston

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro Kingston

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro Kingston

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro Kingston

Let's get down to it, what'd my favourite burger? Hands down the Sum Yung Guy, it's juicy, cheesy and filled with flavour - you can't go wrong when ordering it (every time!)

Sum Yung Guy 
Cream cheese, caramelized onions, gouda and bacon.

Sum Yung Guy

If you still have room in that belly after a burger then you gotta try one of these desserts - though only consisting of three, they are well worth it:

A Litte BS
Creamy vanilla ice cream, strawberry, chocolate sauce, walnuts, banana and whipped cream.

Take The Cake
Creamy chunks of cheesecake, vanilla ice cream, strawberry, graham cracker crumbs and whipped cream.

Cookie Monster
Chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. 

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro Kingston

Next burgers to try:

Malibu Meltdown
O-ring, Beechhouse sauce, havarti, gouda and brie.

The Tom Green
Gouda cheese, Beechhouse sauce, bacon, and fresh avocado.

War Pig
Sauteed mushrooms, smokey BBQ, cheddar and bacon.

For more burgerlicious items, visit www.worksburger.com

Where: 298 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario

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