Had lunch today at Van Horn Sandwich Shop on Court St. Cute space, much more welcoming than previous establishments in that location.
Simple menu of sandwiches, sides, and salads -- if I remember correctly, sandwiches and salads are in the $8 to $12 range, sides about $3 to $5. Decent selection of local beers and US bourbons and ryes as well. (Wasn't in the mood for drinks, but noticed a couple of bottles of Michter's.)
Mac and cheese ($5) -- almost a cheesy lasagna with an oven-roasted tomato on top, delicious and creamy, but could have been warmer. Smallish portion, but it's a side and it's super rich; a bigger portion would be overkill unless they offer as a main
Hush puppies ($3) -- ridiculously good. Fluffy and crisp, served with honey butter for slathering. Four to an order, some of the best unadulterated hush puppies I've had in a very long time.
Sweet P.L.T. Sandwich ($8) -- Sweet potato, lettuce, and tomato, my wife enjoyed it and it's a nice vegetarian option, served on well griddled bread and served with potato salad. Only thing we didn't love about the meal was the potato salad -- my wife was meh about it, I thought it served its purpose although it was a tad mealy. (I was unfamiliar with the style, so it may represent a local version of Southern potato salad that I've not come across. Far from a dealbreaker and I ate every bit of it.) Pickles were tasty, too, although I really was hoping they were bread & butter.
Bacon, Lettuce, Pimento Cheese Sandwich ($8) -- Are you kidding? Of course it was awesome -- mild pimento cheese (which probably works better for sandwiches than my pickle juice and Duke's mayo-blasted version I make at home), peppery bacon, and Boston lettuce on that great griddled bread.
And that's it. Will definitely be going back, although I imagine that the next time it will be much more crowded. It's a great spot, fitting in well in a neighborhood with plenty of mid- and high-end Southern (Char No. 4, Seersucker, Buttermilk Channel) but nothing on the lower end. (You could get a sandwich, side, and beer for $20; let's face it, that's not bad in Brooklyn these days, especially when the food is of a decent caliber.) The staff was friendly and professional, although not much business today as the weather was still pretty lousy.
Oh, and I'm very excited that they have Brunswick stew on the menu. It's somewhat of a rarity in these parts and I generally only get it when I'm traveling through Decatur, AL on business. (Big Bob Gibson's makes a mean one if you're ever in that neck of the woods.)
Char No. 4
196 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
329 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Van Horn Sandwich Shop
231 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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