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County General Riverside

Klafouti | Jul 21, 2014 06:24 AM

Tried the Queen and Boulton location of the County General last night and loved our meal!
We started with a single slice of tangy fried green tomato under ricotta and a generous sprinkling of watermelon pico do gallo - yum!
Then we had the fried chicken platter for two. I think this is now my favourite fried chicken since Paulette's. You get about 10 not-too-big pieces dumped directly on parchment paper instead of plates - very fun. Then they pour a ketchup-based Texan style sauce (fruity and delicious) over half the pieces, and shake a dry rub over the other half. Then they cover them all with a mixture of fresh basil, cilantro, green onion and mint! You can dip in a garlicky ranch dressing (which we found a bit too strong - it covered the other flavours) or add housemade Tabasco or Scotch bonnet sauce (the latter was really good tho I cautiously tried it drop by drop). A little dish of very pickled cabbage and onion coleslaw comes with it as well. The chicken was done sous vide before frying so it was all moist and luscious (the white meat was particularly impressive), and the fresh herbs made it even more delicious. Wow, I am a fan! (PS This is not the same way they serve fried chicken at the original location.)
We tried the kale salad for a bit of greenery, which came with deep fried capers instead of roasted garlic as advertised. It was fresh and pleasant but not remarkable.
For dessert we tried the "cardamom cheese cake ice cream sandwich", which was a light, fluffy, cold cheesecake with strawberries, between two chocolate wafers. We couldn't detect the cardamom but the cheesecake was very nice and the chocolate wafers were not too sweet. (We were tempted by the "King" - a cinnamon bun under peanut butter, banana and candied bacon!! - but it sounded too heavy after all that fried chicken. Next time.)
They make their own sodas (served with or without alcohol) so we decided to try them plain - the celery was outstanding, refreshing and hardly sweet at all; the chocolate egg cream was good, also not too sweet, tho could have been more chocolatey and more creamy. (However for having with food it was probably better that it wasn't so dessert-y.)
Total before tax was $72 for two - good value. The music was loud but not unbearable, but the restaurant also wasn't full.
We are looking forward to trying more of their offerings. Hope others have as good an experience! Please share reports.

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