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Brooklyn Agony/Ecstasy: "General Greene" and "Ruthies"


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Brooklyn Agony/Ecstasy: "General Greene" and "Ruthies"

Jim Leff | Feb 20, 2014 05:33 PM

Hit General Greene (229 Dekalb Ave) for lunch. Burger was decent, but the combo of very fatty meat plus a big fat wad (not a smear, a wad) of mayo yielded a mouth full of grease. Ick.

Fries had been fried in the same oil as the calamari. And that oil clearly hadn't been changed in a, its temperature was too cold. So the fries were greasy, undercooked, and tasted like fish and nastiness.

I ordered a Uinta black i.p.a., and the keg had obviously been on for a couple of weeks. The beer was infected, oxidized, and undrinkable.

The bartender left the building for quite a while, leaving me waiting to pay my check. Upon returning, he grabbed my money while taking away the plates, but paused to ask whether anything was wrong with the (undrunk) beer. I replied that it had obviously been on forever and was undrinkable. He nodded in agreement and cheerfully said, "Yep, it's been on quite a while" over his shoulder as he walked away with my money.

I said, "Wait, you're going to charge me after agreeing that this beer - which I had one single sip of - is unfit to serve?" He grinned a smug grin and kept walking.

The good news: Ruthies Restaurant (560 Myrtle Ave, near Classon; 718-399-2400) doesn't seem particularly notable, but something drew me in, and I discovered, to my delight, that it's the new location of the soul food place of the same name formerly on DeKalb near BAM. Same nice people, same terrific cooking. That was always one of my favorite soul food haunts in NYC, and I'm thrilled to see them still in operation (though I'm not sure how many of their old fans realize they're now here)!

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