Although it’s a cliché, there’s no doubt that when you eat locally, you can taste the difference. For every bite of local food that’s taken, you’re stimulating your taste buds, Kingston’s economy, and your sense of purpose.
Last Wednesday, the Spoon Team at Queen’s learnt this first-hand, by indulging at Atomica on 71 Brock Street. As a proud participant of Kingston’s Local Food movement, Atomica lets you explore international flavours with ingredients that are grown by our neighbours.
These dishes were so good that we almost forgot we were making a huge, positive impact by choosing farm-to-table.
Farm-to-table’s all about responsible food production, where the ingredients are then shipped to nearby restaurants within the community. For this reason, farm-to-table goes hand-in-hand with the local food movement that’s going on pretty much everywhere.
The pizzas have local toppings that burst with flavour, fresh Ontario cheeses that are silky smooth, and a flaky crust with more layers than Inception’s storyline.
Besides the pizzas, we spoiled ourselves with Atomica’s famous, baked pasta. The blend of locally made noodles and tomato sauce filled us with comfort. Last but not least, the pasta was generously topped with cheese more warm and bubbly than a freshly-filled bath.
Alongside the great food, there’s a certain charm to eating at a farm-to-table restaurant that you just can’t get at your everyday fast food joint. The restaurant owners are passionate about every plate, and each patron is mindful about making a positive impact on the Kingston community.
Atomica offered our Spoon team a wake-up call. Not only for how fresh pizza and lasagna can be, but also for realizing the benefits of eating locally. Farm-to-table’s a much healthier option for both your body and the environment.
Your pizza dollars mean much more to a local Kingston restaurant than what it does to a multinational food franchise. Why give your dough to large corporations, when you can just have Atomica give their dough to you? And the best dough starts with the best Kingston oil.
Thankfully, for us Queen’s students, it seems like we have an endless supply of farm-to-table restaurants in Kingston. Regardless of your preferences, there’s no doubt that a local joint will fit your craving-induced needs.
Whether you eat at Atomica or another farm-to-table restaurant, you can’t go wrong. After all, with an assortment of ingredient suppliers like this, how can you possibly say no?
So go ahead, try eating farm-to-table for yourself. It’ll instill a sense of Kingston community that’s unforgettable. So even when you’re away from Queen’s for break, one thing will be for sure: you can take us out of Kingston, but you certainly won’t be able to take the Kingston out of us.