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chow experiences in Fort Greene

realbreadplease | Jul 12, 200603:23 PM     16

While most beat a path to the latest trendy spots or whatever got a review in the Times (Ici,Olea), I would like to offer what I consider authentic chowhound experiences in this fine Brooklyn neighborhood. Dessert may be the ultimate prize here--for the best chocolate dessert in all of Brooklyn, head to Cafe Lafayette and have the Chocolate Volcano. The quality of chocolate used with the not too sweet raspberry sauce and beautiful vanilla ice cream is perfection every time. The coffee is nice and strong too. Dessert #2 would be right up the road on Fulton St.: the famous Cake Man Raven's Red Velvet Cake. If you hit it right (80% of the time) this will be one of the best cakes you'll ever taste. Incredibly light and somehow tastes like pure cake batter with an icing that is always right on the money. Waiting in line--sometimes twenty minutes for a fresh slice--is part of the experience. Entree wise, I would check out Ruthie's authentic soul food on Dekalb. The Fried Pork Chops with collard greens and mac and cheese is my recommendation. You will also get some of the finest corn bread to be had in the city. On Myrtle ave, check out Buff Patty for some authentic Jamaican grub--love the Codfish and Ackee and also the Oxtail. On that front, you can get fresh coconut water (milk), hacked with a machete right before your eyes at the strange Rasta shop on Vanderbilt Ave. near Dekalb. Quite refreshing in the summer. For excellent fresh cafe food and coffee check out the Pillow Cafe right next to Buff Patty.

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