12.03.2011

County General

In the old Oddfellow space on the corner of Queen and Shaw is the rustic newly opened County General.  The brains and proprietaries of Splendido are behind this and were inspired by one of my favourite gastro pubs in NYC - the Spotted Pig; this woodsy jewel, in the Queen West neighbourhood which has already become a hot spot.

We went for brunch and were lucky enough to get the cozy money seat right at the window where we weren't sitting elbow to elbow with our neighbours and able to have a conversation without having someone ease drop and interrupt.  The menu is simple with casual and comforting fare. 
The coffee was an espresso based coffee and was a great way to kick start your day.
We order the classic egg benedict were were standard, nothing too crazy nor memorable, just a nice brunch dish.  
We also decide after the recommendation of our server to select the decadent corn beef hash which comes with a small squirt size bottle of house made hot sauce.  There are flavours and textures in the hash that make it unique and interesting and it was a heavy but good choice.  
The dishes are served with a side of frites served in a lowball glass, triple cooked to make it crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, sprinkled with spice alongside house made smokey sweet ketchup. 

I am dying to come back for their coveted the fried-chicken sandwich which just sounds amazing and is reinforced by foursquare as the most popular tip.
County General
*** 1/2 stars
936 Queen St W
Neighbourhoods: Niagara, West Queen West, Trinity Bellwoods
(416) 531-4447 www.thecountygeneral.ca/
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