The uptown Stockade district of Kingston is home to a number of interesting shops and restaurant choices, especially for lunch. Two of our favorites are Le Canard Enchaine and Janes Homemade Ice Cream.
Le Canard Enchaine is a classic French bistro and their lunch specials are one of the greatest bargains in the Hudson Valley. For $11.95, there is a 3 course meal featuring homemade soup or salad, main course and dessert. The selections change daily but on our visit included a rich vegetable soup and creamy mushroom soup, steak frites, baked chicken breast with herbs and goat cheese, and tilapia in a celery sauce. Perhaps even more impressive is the $15.95 Executive Lunch. This entitles you to soup and salad (either baby greens with apples, tomatoes and walnuts or endive with Roquefort), crispy duck in a mixed berry sauce or salmon, and dessert and coffee or tea. Their desserts are top-notch led by the ethereal tarts baked fresh daily. On our last visit these tart choices were a perfect lemon tart surrounded by crème englaise, raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries or a buttery rich pear tart. Service is professional and you can stay for a long time. I complemented the host on the background music which included Patrick OHearn and he replied its a new age thing. With lunch served between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., you can make this your one big meal and linger for the afternoon. Le Canard Enchaine is located at 276 Fair Street.
A more informal choice is Janes Homemade Ice Cream that is renowned for their namesake dessert but is developing a following for their inventive lunches. Everything is homemade and fresh and vibrant. Mexican lasagna and vegetable pizza are large and satisfying. The wraps and salads and soups are great with many specials each day. My wife and I usually share one lunch selection and then, of course, indulge in a Janes ice cream dessert. Many of the better restaurants in the Hudson Valley feature Janes ice cream and one taste will tell you why: creamy, flavorful and perfect. This is the ice cream that I had hoped to find at Dr. Mikes in Bethel but was ultimately disappointed. The flavor choices are many (we picked coconut almond joy and dulce de leche) and they can put any of their ice creams in the deep freeze if you want to take some home. Janes Homemade Ice Cream is located at 305 Wall Street.