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Brunch at Duo Bistro – Kingston NY

We took a leisurely ride to Kingston, NY to have brunch at Duo Bistro.  I came across Duo Bistro because I was browsing around the internet looking for places in the Hudson Valley that served Saturday brunches.  Duo Bistro popped up and I perused their brunch menu. Well, when I saw the Chef Omelet, I knew we had to visit there.

Duo Bistro

Another reason for taking the trip to Kingston is that I just got my mobile cabin back from the transmission shop.  I wanted to test the transmission, but I didn’t want to go too far just in case. Remaining in the Hudson Valley was a matter of precaution. Fortunately, the Hudson Valley has a plethora of things to do so I can satisfy both my wanderlust and safety concerns.

Kingston’s Farmer’s Market

Using the 9W route to get to Duo Bistro brought me right smack dab into the Kingston Farmers Market. That’s good because I love farmer’s markets, but not so good because that section of Kingston is a nightmare for someone not familiar with the area.  Aside from the odd setup of some of the one-way streets, there were crazy “No Parking” signs. They were so crazy that it took a bit of time and re-reading for me to understand what was going on. Maybe I’m a bit dense, but take a look for yourself:

A Tad Confusing to Me

Not wanting to find a ticket on my windshield after eating, we decided to find somewhere else to park.

Arriving at Duo Bistro

We finally found a parking spot.  The spot was just far enough away to encourage us to walk through the farmer’s market.  It was a lovely experience. The market seemed to be a couple of blocks long. They had water bowls on the ground to hydrate our canine friends. There was music and a wonderful selection of organic produce, artisan breads, cheeses, honey and more. Since our goal was to eat brunch, I had to hold off on purchasing anything from the market until after we ate.

We made it to the restaurant and had to wait for 15 to 20 minutes for a table.  The hostess took our cell phone number (what a difference from the old days when you had to wait or take one of the buzzing guest pagers) and called us when our table was ready.  In the meanwhile, we strolled up and down Wall Street.

When we received the call, we went back and were seated at our table. Although the restaurant was very busy, the service was quick and excellent.  The noise level was rather loud, but that’s to be expected with the open floor plan and the busyness of the place.

Duo Bistro Atmosphere

I’d really like to come back to the restaurant when it isn’t so busy so I could really get a good feel for the place (which I ended up doing two days later).

On this particular visit, we decided to have the Sour Spritzer. What a tasty drink.  For my brunch, I had the Chef omelet. My husband chose the brie, bacon omelet with smashies and salad.  We were both very happy with our meals and promised we would come back again.

Photo the No Parking Sign

Since I forgot to take a photo of the no parking sign on the first go ‘round, I came back a couple of days later with my daughter in order to take the photo and to eat at Duo Bistro again. This time we both had the salad with blueberries, almonds, goat cheese (just a sprinkle of cheese) with a side of kimchi

The salads were okay, but not spectacular.  We both felt it needed more goat cheese (and we asked for and received more).  The side of kimchi (not part of the salad meal) was definitely delicious. I meant to ask whether or not the kimchi was their special blend or if they purchased it from the “Kimchi Lady” I saw at the farmer’s market.  Either way, I want to get my hands on that kimchi.

My Take on Duo Bistro

Having visited Duo Bistro twice in a short period of time, I find it to be charming. I would visit there again for breakfast/brunch. However, I was not wowed by the salad. If I do happen to go there for lunch again, I would order something other than the blueberry salad. Or, relegate Duo Bistro to a breakfast/brunch place and have lunch elsewhere.

About the author: Felicia likes to traipse around and write about her traipsings. In her mind, she lives in an RV and gets to travel to beautiful places far and near. However, in reality, she traipses around in her mobile cabin, Faith. With Faith she’s slowly (and I mean slowly) transitioning her mind to leave the ‘safe world’ of bricks and sticks in favor of the unpredictable world of van travel.