I went to Nightingale 9 in Carroll Gardens not too long ago, and loved it. But wouldn’t you know, this Vietnamese restaurant has a sister who hales from the South? Since Nightingale 9 was so amazing, I had to check out this other spot. A few doors down, you’ll find Seersucker in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.


Focusing on a seasonal menu, this lovely and inviting restaurant serves Southern cuisine with a bit of a NYC twist. The service is awesome, and everything on the menu looked great. To drink, I had to go for their Smokey and The Bandit (chipotle infused white pile whiskey, smoked brown sugar syrup, lime juice). This drink was incredible. The glass is served out to you, upside down, on a mini cast iron skillet, filled with smoke. Once the smokiness is infused in the glass, it’s lifted up and in pours your drink. It’s not particularly spicy, but has such a great smokiness and warmth, which is balanced out with the slight sweetness of the brown sugar syrup.


Then, before your meal, you’re served some complimentary little biscuits with a salted molasses and apricot jam. The biscuits are unreal, and honestly don’t even need any spreads. They’re light, flaky and buttery and melt in your mouth. But, if you add the spreads, the apricot is my favorite. It’s fresh and sweet and really compliments the delicate savoriness of the biscuit.


To start, I had the Bibb Lettuce Salad (radish, celery seed vinaigrette, NY butternut squash oil, toasted benne seeds). It’s deliciously fresh and light and the perfect start to your meal. I especially loved the celery seed vinaigrette, something I haven’t had before.


For my entree, I ordered Grilled Pennsylvania Trout (morels, pickled collard stems, pea shoots). I really loved this dish. The fish bathes in this deliciously savory broth, soaking in the flavor. It’s tender and light, and complimented nicely by the delicate, plump morels and collard stems.


With such an amazing meal, I had to get some of their dessert. I had a Rice Pudding (rhubarb compote and brown sugar crumble). This was the perfect little finish to the meal. It’s not too sweet, but the rice pudding is rich, creamy, and the compote is sweet with a light tartness. Together, they’re a match made in mason jar heaven.

The Shorts:
Name: Seersucker
Location: 329 Smith Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Without a doubt. The whole experience was great and the food and drinks are no joke.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Everything was amazing, so, you can’t really go wrong here.  




This past weekend, I was in Washington DC. Different city, different restaurants…something I always look forward to. I usually scout out my own places, but this weekend, I let my friends surprise me, since I knew they wouldn’t disappoint. First stop was brunch at Eatonville.


Now, Eatonville sounded familiar to me right way. I’m from Central Florida, and there’s a town called Eatonville, so, I figured there might be a connection. Come to find out, it is indeed named after the town, in honor of the hometown of Zora Neale Hurston, the author. All around you’ll see brightly colored murals on the walls paying homage to the Florida swamplands, and even a pretty glorious picture of Zora herself. 


The food is southern inspired and you’ll certainly find grits, gumbo and Po Boys, to name a few. I went for a little classic brunch with a southern twist and got their Wild Mushroom and Spinach Omelet (soufflé omelet sauté spinach, mushroom ragout) with Braised Collard Greens. The omelet was great, light, and fluffy. But my favorite part was definitely the collard greens, great flavor, and just really love collard greens. 

The Shorts:
Name: Eatonville
Location: 2121 14th Street NW, Washington DC 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, I love southern comfort food and the greens were yummy.
Would I recommend it? Yes, the atmosphere really adds to the experience, it’s vibrant and inviting.