Restaurants & Bars

Brooklyn Report

RChicago | Nov 16, 2010 11:43 AM

I visited family in Brooklyn this past weekend and was able to try some great spots. My Brooklyn I.Q. was pretty low before this trip, so I was happy to get to see several different neighborhoods. Here's a quick run down of the trip, in no particular order.

DRAM BAR - - We loved this place so much we spent two evenings there. It's cozy, casual, and comfortable. Even on a Friday evening, there were seats available - - and no wait at the door. If I lived anywhere near here, this would be my go-to bar for cocktails. Jeremy took great care of us, really listening to our likes/dislikes/requests and making sure were were all happy with our drinks. He even went the extra step and gave us a list of other cocktail spots we should visit during our trip.

FATTY CUE - - We don't have anything like this in Chicago. I felt that nearly everything was solid, even if there were few home runs. This is the kind of meal I'll remember liking a few years from now, even if I can't remember any particular dishes. That said, I liked the lamb ribs, clams, celery, and hanger steak quite a bit. This is a fun place, great for a big group.

PIES N THIGHS - - We stopped here for dessert. Gotta say, nothing blew us away. We tried a few pies, a sundae, and cake. Nothing memorable.

BARK HOT DOGS - - We only tried the fried pork sandwich and the disco fries. Both good, neither crave-worthy.

MILE END DELI - - This place was incredible. A trip highlight for sure and worth the hour wait. The smoked meat sandwich and poutine were both great. We also enjoyed the pickle and whitefish. It was so good, we almost returned for dinner.

OLEA - - We went here for Sunday brunch. Not good.

WTF - - New coffee shop. Wow. Best iced coffee I've ever had. Great Americano, too.

EGG - - Really liked this spot for brunch. Even on a Monday morning, there was a wait. We had grits with pork ragu and duck confit hash. We couldn't decide which we liked best. The housemade pork sausage was pleasantly spicy, but disappointingly dry.

BEDFORD CHEESE - - What a charming cheese shop! We stopped inside to buy some New York cheeses as a thank you to a friend. Great service, plenty of good suggestions.

ROBERTA'S - - When we arrived on a Sunday at 5pm, we were quoted a 1 1/2 hour wait. Fortunately, a few bar seats opened up quickly. Very good pizza. I like my crusts a bit crisper, but the toppings were really spot-on. Sweetbreads (small, greaseless, fried nuggets) were a highlight and fun to see at a pizza joint.

DI FARA - - This was pretty good, but I wouldn't make the trek again. I think I'm just not a huge fan of New York style pizza. (The shawarma joint around the corner, on the other hand, was quite good)

COMMODORE - - We had the cheeseburger and pork & pintos. Both were quite good, especially given the reasonable prices and that options were pretty limited at nearly midnight. I would happily return.

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