The wood-fired brick oven at Brooklyn’s Le Paddock puts in a full day’s work on weekends—starting with brunch, when it turns out winning pizzas crowned with eggs and other toppings. “Pretty original, and delicious!” JackS writes on Chowhound, recalling a pie with feta, a bunch of bacon, and a sprinkling of chile flakes for heat. Other breakfast combos include the Mediterranean (zucchini, red peppers, pesto, caramelized onion) and the Ranchera (pictured, with chorizo, mushrooms, fromage blanc, and jalapeño). Also from the oven: the onion- and olive-topped pissaladière and an Alsatian flammeküche with leeks, bacon, and Gruyère.

When this equestrian-themed café opened a year and a half ago with a name and décor inspired by the nearby Kensington Stables, some thought it stumbled out of the gate. Since then it’s built a following among Windsor Terrace ‘hounds with a casual menu that also includes small bites, burgers, cheese and charcuterie plates, and French standards. Mike R. goes for excellent moules frites and, on Thursdays, $1 oysters. The French onion soup has gotten some attention, too.

Le Paddock [Windsor Terrace]
1235 Prospect Avenue (at Reeve Place), Brooklyn

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