THE COUNTRY GOURMET 111 S. Main Street, Bel Air Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Closed weekends. (410) 628-8806. This is where I take all my snobbish out-of-town friends who scoff at the idea of gourmet in Harford County. They quickly eat their words.
The Country Gourmet, open for about five years, has marvelous fresh food, served up in a chic, country-style setting.
Ingredients are top of the line; soups and desserts are made daily. The chilled gazpacho, $1.75 per cup, is a personal favorite, loaded with minced fresh vegetables for a fresh-from-the-garden flavor.
In addition to two or three soups each day, there are plenty of sandwiches to choose from.
The French kick is delicious. Rare top round beef is topped with horseradish, onion and Pommery mustard on a Kaiser roll for $3.50.