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A Country Kitchen & Cafe

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At first glance, this unassuming, barn-like building at the city limits seems like a typical diner, with its promise of “breakfast served all day” and the morning paper located by the cash register. But once you start perusing the menu, you’ll see that there’s more than meets the eye, which is why the place is packed at 8 a.m. on Sundays. “My menu is familiar but with a twist,” says owner and longtime Brewster resident Christine McNeill, a caterer who turned restaurateur in 2009. Pancakes ($5.50 for three) come with vanilla butter, and for $1.50 more you can get seasonal fresh fruit or a maple-banana compote. You can also order a side of homemade corned-beef hash ($4) — not the canned stuff that you usually see on diner menus. Two eggs any style ($5.50) are served with the expected hash browns, yes, but diners also get a choice of cornbread casserole, served in cute little cups. Come lunchtime, try the deli sandwiches ($6.50-9.95), especially the corned beef Reuben, which is made in-house and piled high with Swiss and sauerkraut on toasted rye with Russian dressing, as it was meant to be. 845-279-8646; www.countrykitchenbrewster.com

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