What better way to start off St Patrick’s Day than with fresh corned beef hash? Country Kitchen in my hometown of Brewster has perfected the fine art of this diner specialty.
I really hesitate to label Country Kitchen as a diner, because it’s not the greasy spoon that most people think of when they hear diner. Country Kitchen is an impeccably clean dining room in what was once a bicycle shop in the village of Brewster. Tucked away next to Kobacker’s market and just past the train station, it’s an easy location to get to, though not necessarily an obvious one.
Still, it gets quite a crowd, and the after church rush on Sunday makes it quite batty. Being quite close to the New York cycling trail also makes it a favorite for those who come clad in spandex on two wheels. But the food is so worth it. Hands down the best eggs Benedict you can get, homemade hollandaise and sides make the dish quite decedent. My partner in crime is partial to their French toast, topped with a maple banana compote. But really, one cannot go wrong ordering here. Christine, the owner and chef, has developed incredible recipes for every breakfast and lunch favorite.
The Kitchen and front of the house are staffed by young locals, who are absolutely excellent. There is no alcohol, so don’t expect a mimosa to go along with your brunch, but I’m sure your wallet deserves the break. Expect a small bill, a very full stomach, and return next weekend.
564 N Main St, Brewster, NY 10509