I was down in Florida visiting for Mother’s Day (yup, I’m a nice daughter), and while my time was limited, my parents are always ok to tag along with me for some food stops. I also need to mention that it was in the mid 90’s, so it was 100% ice cream weather. So, I stopped by one of my childhood favorites, Briarpatch in Winter Park. 


They’ve been operating for over 30 years, serving contemporary American fare and homemade ice creams with local, fresh ingredients. I’ve dined for brunch before, and the food is very good, but most times, I’m there for the ice cream.


I ordered Bourbon Corn Flake. Their ice cream is really creamy and rich, but not very thick, more of a silky texture. It has a very light bourbon flavor, but just enough to give you the idea. There are also tiny little pieces of the corn flakes mixed in, but more of an added light flavor to the ice cream, almost like cereal milk. There were chunks of, what I think were, cookie pieces, potentially Snickerdoodle? I can’t be for certain, and probably should have asked, but was too excited to just eat my ice cream. Either way, it was delicious. 

The Shorts:
Name: Briarpatch
Location: 252 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, I’ve been going for many years now, so, I think the answer is yes.
Would I recommend it? For sure. They have some very classic flavors, and then some more out of the box to choose from. Some are rotating, so, I can’t guarantee you can get them in the future, but there was also a Churro flavor ice cream that was a top contender for my choice. 


Char No. 4


What liquor screams “America” more than some American whiskey? So, over the 4th of July weekend, I had just that. One of the top places to go to enjoy some whiskey, is Char No. 4 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. 


Named after the charred new oak barrels, used for aging bourbon, Char No. 4 offers over 150 American whiskeys. 150! They also have a restaurant, focused on smoked meat and other American fare. 


But, I was here for the whiskey. So, I ordered one of their bourbon cocktails, Noreaster (Ginger beer, lime and maple syrup). If you’re not a real bourbon person, or the idea of whiskey intimidates you, this is a great drink to choose. It’s smooth and has a nice sweetness to it. The spice of the ginger, sweetness of the maple syrup, and the citrus of the lime work really well together. 

The Shorts:
Name: Char No. 4
Location: 196 Smith Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, I really love the ambiance and light fixtures, and the drinks are really nice. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, if you’re a whiskey enthusiast, this place is for you. And, even if you’re not, you’ll still like it.