The County General
The County General is not, as it appears from first glimpse of the name, a general store out in the Wild West, but rather a small restaurant/bar on Queen Street West. (Still west, but not quite so wild.)
We weren't sure what to expect of this joint at first- most of their dinner and lunch dishes are meat-based, so would the same be true of their brunch?- but it ended up surpassing our (okay, Tatiana's) expectations.
This was definitely one of the most original brunch dishes I've had in a while. The combination of the slightly sweet fried plantains with the soft cornbread and the guacamole.... mmm. I'm a bit picky about my eggs, and I would have liked these to be a little more cooked... but as far as meals go, I would definitely eat this again!
There was a lot of different textures and a lot of different tastes, but overall the way it blended together was delicious. It was also quite filling, but I wasn't stuffed (even though I ate the entire thing).
The top-down photo doesn't do this tasty sandwich justice. The crispy fried chicken and avocado filling made a savoury combo, and would have made just as good a lunch.
The fries could have been improved, though- they weren't as crispy as I was expecting (although the ketchup on the side tasted homemade and was delicious). Plus, I'm partial to home fries for breakfast.
Overall review: would eat again!
The main drawback was the small size of the restaurant. Larger groups beware- we arrived right at 11 when it opens, and it was already almost full so we sat at the bar. (To be fair, not everyone has as much of a horror of waiting for food as we do...)
The County General brunch at a glance:
- You can find their menu here
- Good for: couples and groups of no more than four
- Call for reservations: (416) 531-4447
- Parking: on the street only
- Vegetarian-friendly but not vegan-friendly
- Brunch hours: 11 am to 4 pm Saturday & Sunday