This is an instagram review – how artsy :D Well no, I actually didn’t have my camera with me that day, so I beautified my photos with instagram.
The County General is usually thought of as a brunch hot spot, but Mark and I just so happened to be there for dinner instead. Located at Queen St West & Shaw, The County General is a casual restaurant with a lively atmosphere that emanates, dare I say, a hipster vibe (I heart hipsters).
With no time to waste, we ordered the Trio of Steamed Pork Buns – Avocado chutney, Green Apple Slaw, Kimchi ($14) to start. Mark has had them before, so he generously offered me 2 of the 3 buns, hah! The pork itself is uber fatty, moist, and dee-licous. Tons of flavour and it just melts in your mouth – literally. I mean, how can it not with all that fatty goodness? The avocado chutney was creamy and went well with the pork. The green apple slaw was more refreshing and light, but I have no preference here as I enjoyed both. I didn’t try the kimchi version but I’m pretty sure it was awesome as well. Eating these tiny pork buns can get a little messy, but there’s no shame in licking your fingers in public. Make ‘em proud.
With all the buzz about their Fried Chicken Thigh Sandwich, there was no way I would get away without trying it. Yes, this Fried Chicken Thigh Sandwich with Cumbrae’s Hanger Steak and Roasted Garlic Bone Marrow Butter ($14) doesn’t look sufficent enough to even feed a 3 year old, but really, it filled me up. It’s a bit deceving when you look at it, but the chicken thigh is fairly thick. The skin so crispy, the meat so tender and juicy, the seasoning so perfect – what’s there not to love about it? The fries could’ve been better as they were on the salty side with coarse salt sprinkled on top, but hey, I finished it all so I can’t complain.
Mark ordered the 6oz County Burger with Milk Bun, Mustard, Mayonnaise, and Pickle ($14). He said it was very tasty, so I’ll just take his word for it.
I wouldn’t mind returning to The County General for brunch and chow down their Eggs Benedict, Croque Madame, Corned Beef Hash, and Banana Bread French Toast. I shall be looking forward to them soon.
936 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J1G9