[a] Last Friday night at Bacchus, wandered in for a late (past 11, I think) dinner. The snapper special was perfect summer eatin': a pan-fried filet with cool diced cucumber and a light subtle sauce - so subtle that I no longer remember how to describe its flavor, other than I enjoyed the hell out of it. Bonus: upon receiving the check, it was a pleasure to see that unlike some places, Bacchus did not gouge us on the specials - this fish was actually a few bucks less than wife's duck (she really wished she had gone with the fish), and the salad special was priced the same as other salads. It's more than a little comical how many mostly new French places are within a 15 minute walk of my 3rd & Atlantic location, but I'm sure glad to have one this good, this close.
[b] Last night at Stir It Up, wandered in for a late (past 10) takeout. I've speculated that the owner probably does a terrific job with the fish dishes, and can now confirm it. She steamed up a snapper - whole small fish, not a filet - with vegetables and thyme and some scotch bonnet based sauce, and it was really fabulous, for dinner *and* lunch. After someone's recent complaint about stale rice and peas, I was braced for the worst so near closing time, but in fact they were good and fresh. Make sure you get extra sauce on the side, it's tasty and fresh and quite potent. My experience in 4 meals here: jerk chicken is a big avoid; rotis and steam table choices including oxtails and curry goat are good but not my favorite renditions; made to order fish can be superb - better than I've had elsewhere in Brooklyn, though admittedly I'm more frequently inspired to get chicken or goat or veggies on Nostrand, Utica, or Church avenues. Brawta three blocks down Atlantic probably does a bang-up job with fish too; haven't been there in a couple years.
Chuck, realizing he's past due to get out of the neighborhood and do some real chowhounding