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Bacon Brunch at Sage General Store

July 8, 2012

Along Jackson Avenue near Court Square in Long Island City, among a string of Chinese takeout restaurants and chain pizza stores, there’s a little storefront that can be easily dismissed.  But walk inside Sage General Store, you will find a charming restaurant serving up comfort foods both savory and sweet.

Last Saturday, at H’s suggestion, MD and I decided to check out Sage General for brunch.  The restaurant is already full of diners even though it was not even yet noon.  We grabbed a seat at the tall table by the window for a view of Jackson Avenue as well as to distance ourselves from the wood burning oven in the belly of the restaurant on the hot summer day.

While it took me a while to decide what to order, MD took all of two seconds before being lured by the 3-course Bacon Brunch option for the true bacon lover.  Picking the entree, the courses were underway and I was lucky that MD was willing to share bites of this feast.

The first course was a bacon sampler with a cheddar cheese biscuit and a side of the bacon marmalade.  Three different slices of bacon tasted distinctly from each other and that bacon marmalade was one clever way to deliver a most powerful and concentrated bacon flavor.  Spread a little on the fluffy and cheesy biscuit, we were both quite content.

MD went with the BLT sandwich for main course.  Slices of Dewig’s bacon from Indiana were sandwiched between grilled country bread, thin layer of mayo and ripe tomatoes and lettuce.  Ah, the good old BLT.

And the last course of the bacon feast was a brownie studded with bacon.  MD’s came in a portable container because our waitress misheard us but no matter, the still warm rich brownie was still a great end to the bacon rich meal.

As for me, after much back and forth, I gave in to my cravings for breakfast pizzas and settled on the Minnesota pizza.  A crispy pizza dough was topped with a creamy dill spread with sweet caramelized onions and big chunks of bacon.  Topping it all off was a fried egg, making this so appropriately delicious for breakfast.  The portions were quite generous so note to self for future visits, this is a dish made to share.

A quick perusal of the bakery section before heading out we found towers filled with recreations of childhood desserts.  Next time, we will definitely have to leave room for a Hostess cupcake or a snowball.

Sage General Store | 24-20 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 | http://sagegeneralstore.com

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