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Williamsburgh Cafe

ADB | May 3, 2004 01:15 PM

I've had brunch a couple times at the new Williamsburgh Cafe (it took the place of Cripplebush on N7th and Wythe), and have been impressed. The space is very nice, with sidewalk seating, a cozy front bar area, and a large indoor "garden" in back. They have gone a little overboard on the decorations, but in all it is nice. I've found the food to be pretty creative, and usually is pulled off well. They have a southern bent, featuring a number of grits dishes for brunch - I've tried the Pork Duo, with ribs and sausage, which was good, as well as the fried catfish, which I really liked. A friend had their Williamsburgh Benedict (i think that's what it was called), which involved duck confit, jalapeno hollandaise and apple pancakes. She reported the duck was excellent, although the inclusion of apple pancakes in the dish seemed a little strange. I love creative, experimental food, but it does seem that some of their dishes go a little overboard; case in point, their fried chicken waffles. It includes waffles topped with spicy fried chicken, some type of gravy, another type of whipped cream, and yet another sauce. It just seemed to be too many things going on in one dish. All in all though, I would prefer creative dishes that occasionally go wrong over the standard fare. Their dinner menu looks even more promising, although I have not had a chance to try it yet; it's definately on slate for this week.

I'd recommend trying it out though - the location may be a cursed spot for a restaurant, as in the last year and a half I have been in the area, I think it was open for all of a month or two in one of the various Cripplebush incarnations. Hopefully this new version sticks, as it seems to have some real promise.

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