Country Kitchen Brunch Pop Up

It’s Tuesday, which means we are only 5 days away from our Country Kitchen Brunch Pop Up this Sunday, August 9, from 10-2!

We’ve been itching to get back to serving brunch to all of you and while we may not be back to our regular weekend energy, we’re all very excited about this pop up event. The menu is small but well thought out and weather permitting, we’ll be seating both inside & outside. While we will do our best to accommodate walk ins, I recommend reserving your table as this is the only way to guarantee the ability to dine with us.

If you brunched with us in the past, you probably remember that we used to limit reservations to parties of 5 or more. BUT because we are living in unique times and this is a unique event, reservations will be accepted and encouraged for parties of any size.

The menu is downsized a bit but will include some of our classics like the Smokehouse Omelet, Corn Beef Hash and Strawberry Cream Cheese Pancakes but you’ll also find some newbies like Avocado Toast and Lobster Chilaquiles.

You can check out the full menu and make your reservation online here: https://mckinneyanddoyle.square.site/

The Scoop on Restaurant Menu Development

A re-share from 2018

Most restaurants update their menu at least three or four times a year. Items are removed and new items added not only as a way to keep our regular’s experiencing new and exciting dishes but also in an effort to keep things aligned with the world around us. I actually get a lot of questions from readers, especially from those of you who subscribe to our newsletter, about WHY certain changes have been made and how these updates have come to be. Well, today is your lucky day because I’m gonna break it all down for you.

Menu changes stem from four primary questions:

1. Is this in season? – Obviously, not every ingredient is available FRESH all of the time. But a quality chef is only interested in working with fresh ingredients. So if a dish from the summer menu is removed, it may be because a major component of said dish is out of season. Similarly, a chef may have a great idea for a dish but if it’s not in tune with the season, it’ll have to wait.

2. What does this season feel like? – Ingredients are one thing but weight of a dish matters too. This one is pretty obvious. When are you more likely to enjoy a heavy, hearty bowl of stew? The winter or the summer? It’s clearly a winter dish. A chef will work to use “in season” ingredients in a way that compliments the season itself.

3. What do our guests want? – Customer, or as we at M&D think of it, Guest, feedback is not taken lightly. Without our guests, there would be no restaurant so of course it’s important to listen to what our guests think about the menu. It is not unusual to craft menu changes based on popular requests or recommendations. Guest experience is at the top of our priority list.

4. What are the new trends? – The food industry has exploded over the last decade in terms of how many people are intrigued by the unknown and open to trying new things. Foodies run the world (at least in our book) and it’s important to stay on top of what the new “thing” is each season. HOWEVER, not all trends are worthy of a chef’s time. At M&D, we will only participate in a food trend if that trend is of the highest quality. In other words, it needs to be worthy. While some are fabulous and game changing, like house infused liquors, others are outlandish for the sake of being outlandish. It’s important to make sure that an idea/trend answers each of these three previous questions in a positive way.

Menu changes are standard in this industry and while we sometimes have to say goodbye to a dish we love (even just temporarily), I promise it’s for good reason. All four of these questions come into play each and every time we update the menu but above all else, the quality of the ingredients comes first.

I chose to re-share this post today because in case you haven’t noticed, the world around us looks a lot different than what we would have expected even just 6 months ago. You’ll likely notice changes to our menu going forward in addition to the changes in operations that you’ve already seen and I just want you all to know that these changes are not take lightly and are not made on a whim.

Pub Night Tonight!

Last week, we hosted our first Tuesday pub night for the first time in months and man oh man, it felt good!


This week, we’re excited to offer some additional outdoor seating where you can enjoy some of your favorite comfort meals that are only available on our Tuesday night menu. I’m personally dreaming about our Ahi Tuna Burger and Buffalo Cauliflower, but you’ll also find much more of course, like our fried chicken wings, Thai Chicken Meatballs, Andrew’s Loaded Nachos, Chicken Parmesan, Steak Frites … the list goes on.


Andrew also started making white sangria again with dry Sicilian white wine, peach, elderflower, mango and passion fruit. His recipe is hard (nearly impossible in my opinion) to beat so definitely be sure to swing by and grab a glass or two.


Since we will be operating with capacity restrictions, we have opened the Bar Seats, High Tops, outdoor tables, and of course our Dining Rooms for reservations. Our new reservation system will allow you to book up to 30 minutes prior to the time you wish to stop by, so even if it may be a last minute decision you can still check in to make sure there is seat with your name on it.


All of our items will still be available for takeout through our online site, or by calling us directly.


Hope to see you tonight!


Keep Smiling Hudson Valley – We Love You and cannot wait to see you!

We Are Opening!

The Day has finally come for us to open our doors and share our love of Good Food, Drinks and Hospitality with all of you again, and we could not be more excited.


It has always been our goal to provide a space for our guests to escape the realities of everyday life and relax. These  moments are even more important lately, and we want to assure all of you that the safety of our Staff, and our Guests are number one. 


Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1st, Our Restaurant and Bar will be opening Tuesday-Saturday at 4pm.


Since we will be operating with capacity restrictions, we have opened the Bar Seats, High Tops, and of course our Dining Rooms for reservations. Our new reservation system will allow you to book up to 30 minutes prior to the time you wish to stop by, so even if it may be a last minute decision you can still check in to make sure there is seat with your name on it.


All of our items will still be available for takeout through our online site, or by calling us directly.


We cannot Thank You all enough for the insane amount of Love & Support throughout these times, and it will be an absolute pleasure to welcome you back through our doors.


Keep Smiling Hudson Valley – We Love You and cannot wait to see you!