#84 The County General

The County General

The County has been riding high on a sea of whiskey pours, bourbon-based county cocktails, pork —and the high standards of owners Victor Barry and Carlo Catallo of Splendido. But the partners split, with (Chef) Barry taking Splendido and Catallo taking The County towards expansion, with spin-offs opening. Has this cost the cool southern diner some taste buds? Methinks. The formerly fab lightly smoked pork belly Chinese style on cute little steamed buns is good but has lost some garnish pizzazz. Ditto the fried chicken — still crispy but not as erotically so as in yesteryear. We love the curried-yogurt-spiked butternut squash soup with candied nuts, and the slightly smoky long ribs (an occasional special) are grand. But the competition in meat-mad Hogtown is so stiff. The farmhouse rustic decor is still great, as are bourbon pours; the cooking these days? Strictly mid pack.

  • The County General
  • 936 Queen St. W., Toronto (map)
  • 416-531-4447
  • www.thecountygeneral.ca

  • Chef: Danai Hongwanishkul
  • Sous Chef: Adam Alguire
  • Cuisine: BBQ,Burgers,Canadian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $65
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Brunch, lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: No
  • Wines available: 12
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $20
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Can book entire venue
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available
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