AFTER DRIVING TO POUGHKEEPSIE for dinner for the umpteenth time, Adam Lauricella and his wife, Keely, came to the realization that they were traveling outside their native Wappingers Falls to dine out too often. “My wife and I were always going to Beacon or to Poughkeepsie or to Fishkill or to Cold Spring,” Lauricella says. “We’re not the only people who are doing that, and we’re not the only people in this area that are interested in [eating out].” The couple paired up with Lauricella’s friend Brendan McAlpine, whose family owns The Roundhouse, in Beacon, to open County Fare next door to Lauricella’s other business—Graceland Tattoo.
County Fare, the couple’s New American eatery, offers a menu of enriched classics by “paying attention to the little things that are often overlooked,” Lauricella says. Though they source spirits, brews, meats and produce from local farms and producers, they’re avoiding the farm-to-table label. “It’s just like, why wouldn’t we [source locally]? We don’t need to have a parade because we’re having local things.”
The menu ranges from homemade macaroni and cheese with a house-made five-blend cheese sauce, breadcrumbs and Catskill bacon, to Thai chili ribs with kale slaw. They also offer a range of vegan and vegetarian options, including a tempeh reuben, buffalo cauliflower and veggie burgers made with peppers, mushrooms, onion, carrots, olives and brown rice. The brunch menu features a range of options using tempeh bacon, like the Fakin’ Bacon Egg and Cheese. “We have thoughtful options that are not just taking the protein out,” Lauricella says, “so it’s not like you have to whittle it down.”
In addition to lunch and dinner, there’s Saturday and Sunday brunch and an extensive cocktail menu and beer list. This fall, expect to see more seasonal options—maybe pot roast sliders with sliced vegetables, short ribs and an au jus-style dip.