CLOSED: The Sleepless Goat

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    ( 13 reviews )



91 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L1A6

Serves meat, vegan options available. A worker's cooperative cafe offering mostly vegetarian food with some vegan choices. Meat is offered at breakfast time only; otherwise serves veg food. Has fair trade coffee and a large selection of vegan desserts. Hosts live music sometimes. MAR 2016 REPORTED SHUT CONFIRMED BY ITS FB.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Western, Canadian, Non-veg

13 Reviews

First Review by jeejee0

Delicious Vegan Food and Family Friendly - Edit

I had the opportunity to eat both supper and breakfast at the Sleepless Goat. So happy to find very delicious and wholesome vegan options for me, my friend, and my 3 year old. Warm atmosphere, varied clientele, and the added AWESOME feature was the toy corner. Great way to keep my daughter busy before our meal arrived. I will return when next in Kingston, and recommend to others.

Pros: vegan options, toys for young children, varied clientele

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The Most Unique Place In Kingston - Edit

I have been going to the Goat for 11 years, and it is no doubt the most unique place in Kingston. Almost all of the food is made in-house (desserts included) and well worth the price- not cheap, but reasonably priced with some cheaper options always available.

The place is over 20 years old, and so it has a quirky charm to it; it's less like eating at a restaurant and more like eating at home. It's cozy.

The staff are not your general automaton service industry folks, they are real people. Go there often enough and you will get to know them. They aren't perfect, but they do their best and work incredibly hard to keep the place alive (it's a cooperative, which require infinitely more work than your typical business model)

Anyway, if you want a boring but reliable experience go somewhere else. If you want a unique place with cool staff and great food AND incredible desserts, then go to the goat.

Pros: Cool atmosphere , Safe and inclusive space, Lots of vegan options!

Cons: Old building; minor disrepair

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Far More Than Veg Friendly - Edit

Lovely place stock full of veggie and vegan options, just had the Toggenburger, cream of mushroom soup, bbq tofu sarnie, flying burrito, koodoo noodles, plus vegan choc cake and daaamn fine cherry pie (between 4 of us). Very good, friendly homey place. Games to play, books to read ... who could ask for anything more. Big portions!

Pros: Many Good Vegan Yumyums, Only One In Town?, Nice Relaxed Atmosphere

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Great breakfast and cookies - Edit

I had a one day stay in Kingston and decided to check out this small cafe - the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. The cafe is run by a collective and serves meat as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes. I had the Tofu Scramble breakfast which was tasty and kept me going all day as well as a delicious maple walnut cookie. I would definitely recommend this place - it seems to have the most vegan options in town.

Pros: delicious meals and dessert, nice atmosphere, very casual

Cons: definitely not low-calorie

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Starving? - Edit

It is hard to find a vegan place to eat in Kingston anymore...
They have salads and snacks behind the counter that change all the time and some vegan baked goods. I got the burger vegan-style, but found the patty (made with good things like hemp and sunflower seeds) fell apart, was greasy and did not have much flavour. There was also way too much mustard on the bun, the same mustard used to make the very sour salad dressing. I love salad, but could not finish this one (the first time I have ever thrown away food). The walnuts and cranberries were a nice touch, but the dressing seemed like an oil-free mustard and vinegar - yuk!!!

Pros: Somewhere to eat, Licensed , Lively Atmosphere

Cons: No Table Service, Pricey for the Quality, Not very good food

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Not bad at all... - Edit

I think the previous review is generally on target. This place is a good stop for vegans, but nothing to go out of the way for - with one exception. The double fudge chocolate cookie (vegan) was outstanding, one of the best cookies I've ever had, actually, and brings this place overall from three to four cows. As for the mains, they are not brimming with vegan options, but there are choices available. I liked the burger, and the shepherd's pie was solid. Overall, everything we had was good, the service was good and the place had a great vibe. Topped off with a fantastic cookie!

Pros: cookie!, decor, fair pricing

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Not my type. - Edit

I had a quick breakfast there with my boyfriend because i saw here that they were veg-friendly. There was not a lot of vegan options for breakfast, they had a lot of eggs. But we finally ordered and my boyfriend decided to have to special vegan breakfast : there was rice/quinoa, potatoes, and toasts. Not bad, but we were not crazy about it. Still we were happy to eat something vegan. I ordered the granola and asked soy milk instead of yogourt. The granola was actually oat flakes and defrozen fruits. My berries were still a bit frozen, in fact, and very watering. I was a bit disappointed. Anyway the service was ok and the cafe in itself was not terrible. I can understand why people from around go there. Maybe their other options are better, and maybe meat eaters and vegetarians are pleased with the food the serve, i can't say because i havent tasted. But as a traveler, and as a vegan, i don't think i would go back if i'm in Kingston again.

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Wish I'd spent more time here while at Queen's - Edit

Whenever I go through Kingston I tend to stop in here, as it consistently offers decent, cheap, homemade-style vegan options, despite its changing menu and staff.

Yes, it can get grungy at times as one reviewer said, but with such a bohemian atmosphere, that's kinda the point.

Last time I had a thick, dark, saucy, pad thai-ish dish with huge, filling chunks of tofu that was fanTASTic and totally unique. Massive meal for under $10. I'm hungry just thinking about it.

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Great Food but Disappointing in all other ways - Edit

This used to be one of my fav restaurants. The food is wonderful for the most part. Kickin' Quesadillas are one of my favourites and if you are smart you will leave room for one of their incredible desserts.
BUT... and this is a huge but.... the place is a mess. Dirty, untidy, and the washrooms are horrible. In fact the men's washroom door was missing for over 2 weeks! It makes me wonder if guests are reluctant to use the washrooms because of uncleanliness and lack of door, what do the staff do?
Speaking of staff, while there are a few gems, most of the staff are uncaring, rude and lacking in initative. On our last visit (after a number of unsatisfying visits) we tried to order dinner but was told that no dinner meals could be ordered until 5:00 p.m. So we sat down and waited and at 5 we went back to the counter to order. At that point we were told that the chef had taken her dog for a walk and wasn't back yet and so we would have to wait until we saw her return before we could order! ???
Needless to say we left and have never returned as it was pretty obvious that they didn't want our business...

Pros: Food, Desserts, Artwork on walls

Cons: Filth, Staff, washrooms

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Love it - Edit

I go there almost everyday for lunch. I've been there a couple of times for breakfast and dinner as well and have never been disappointed.
I normally get the Black Bean Burrito and it is amaxing. The deserts are awesome as well. The staff are attentive and friendly and are willing to offer up suggestions or provide alterations for personal preferences.
The walls are covered with very interesting pieces from what I assume to be local artists, which are constantly changing.
Lots of seating, so it's not normally hard to get a table if you choose to stick around (I normally have to get back to work though :)
If you dine in, everything is composted, I also enjoy that everything is self-serve, you order at the counter and finda seat, and then clear the table when you're done. Everything is composted (as much as possible) it takes the formality out of dining out when that's what you desire.
Try the orange blossum tea! It's the best!

Pros: Food, Staff, Atmosphere

Cons: Not 100% Veg

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Great food, awful staff - Edit

I absolutely love the Goat. While I lived in Kingston, I was there many times a week. As mentioned before, their Toggen Burger is fabulous (although I did have a few less desireable ones... so I guess it's hit or miss), their house salad is delish and most definitly try the soup (great if you are a poor student as I was!). It changes every day, but always comes with a thick slice of home made bread. I think it's about $3.50 for the soup and bread. They also have wonderful local teas, excellent coffee and exceptional desserts (my favorites are their vegan brownie, vegan cheese cakes and the lemon squares - YUMMY!). I also love that all of thier take away containers are biodegradable. The only problem is the staff. Although there are a few gems, most are quite grumpy and rude. Overall, my smile doesn't fade because I know that delicious treats are on their way! ps. I would have rated this a 5 cow, but because it it a "non-vegetarian" restaurant, I can't :(

Pros: Great food, Cozy atmosphere, Excellent prices


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Desserts are to die for!!! The mint chocolate cheesecake is amazing a little too rich but oh so good! The (i forget what its called) but it has white and milk chocolate mousse sanwhiched between 2 walnut cookie/cake things. One of the best desserts I've ever had. The main courase are a bargain big servings for the price, but the food is so-so. And the staff are cranky, dirty and rude. The atmosphere is ok, and its always very busy, and its very dirty. Buts its worth it for there amazing dessert selection and taste!

Pros: Best cakes in town, good selection, neat drinks and good coffee

Cons: dirty, and small, desserts non labeled, you have to ask, most employees r rude

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Cool place - Edit

The Goat is a Kingston staple. Very chill atmosphere, very diverse clientele. The food is all good, the desserts in particular are incredible - expensive but worth it once in a while.

It's more of a cafe than a restaurant, with little tables crammed everywhere. There are a few nice booths though if you're lucky enough to snag one. The artwork on the walls changes regularly to showcase local talent which is really cool.

I don't find it's that great a place to go to for a sit-down meal, but it's perfect if you want to pop in and pick up some delicious food to eat while walking downtown. They have a lot of premade stuff like a mushroom-cheese pastry thing I used to get all the time.

I find it kind of bizarre that they are almost completely vegetarian but not quite. So in a way I'm not really sure it should even be listed here, much as I love the place. That, the fact that they accept cash only, and that it's often impossible to get a table because it's so popular, are the only real downsides.

Pros: Cool vibe, Great desserts, Good food

Cons: Not completely vegetarian, Hard to get a table, Cash only

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