As if Trinity Bellwoods Park wasn’t already reeking in charm, the Country General, a restaurant located in Toronto's trendy Queen West neighbourhood, is now offering its entire take-out menu in picnic form. For ten dollars, you can rent a special Bellwoods basket and blanket with your food — a perfect addition for what’s set to be a beautiful Canada Day long weekend rife with park chilling.
In case you didn’t know, the County General is a contemporary diner overrun with umami (and that’s a good thing). Like Bellwoods, their food is urban comfort. Going to the park with friends? Enjoy the General’s modern share-fare in the form of Roasted Bone Marrow and the Trio of Steamed Pork Buns. Don’t forget a side of Kim Chi to cut the heavy. On a date? the Fried Calamari Tacos are known to provoke passionate discussion.
It’s good to see that the County General has joined the park game. The restaurant enters an already robust Bellwoods economy run by a cast of ambitious Toronto players. Loose joint merchants have long been the major thrust behind the local market. And with the addition of the General’s salty snacks, the omnipresent empty can ladies are set to profit from a record third quarter. Less successful, of course are young men in fedoras selling three-dollar Freezies—the 7-Eleven is only a block away, after all.
The County General is located at 936 Queen Street West. The basket rentals run on an honour system, and all items must be returned to the restaurant by 9 p.m.