Posted on | December 8, 2011 | by Jason | No Comments
I don’t travel to Brooklyn that much, but dinner at The Brooklyn Star with friends seemed too good to pass up. I was busy eating junk food at home when I got a text inviting me to dinner. Obviously, I had to look at the menu online first, but once I saw Fried Pig Tail, I was sold. After a short hop on the L rain (which was thankfully running), we arrived at the restaurant which was pretty quiet for 8pm on a Friday.
There’s a bar area with high tables in the front & a spacious dining room in the back, with long communal tables in the center. We snagged a booth & started boozing. Our waiter explained that most of the dishes were geared to be shared, so we went right ahead & ordered the Cornbread with bacon & jalapeno (15 minute wait as it’s made to order). We also opted for the Wedge Salad which had hard boiled eggs, croutons, bacon buttermilk dressing & a Tabasco topping. Ok, you’re not imagining things; I just said bacon buttermilk dressing! I normally steer well clear of salad, but this stuff was amazing!
I’ve made cornbread plenty of times, never from scratch, but i do modify the boxed stuff to taste. The BK Star’s cornbread was some of the best I’ve ever had. Well worth the wait! Fried Oyster Tacos & the aforementioned Fried Pig Tails were also ordered (seeing a theme here?). If there was a sight to sum up pure joy, picture the 4 of us covered in spicy sauce sucking on pig tails with our hands. I was already well satisfied & we didn’t get to our mains yet.
Perhaps we went a bit overboard with the appetizers, because by the time our entrees arrived, I was already pretty stuffed. With so much good food on the menu, I had a hard time choosing, but once I saw that the roast chicken had a dirty rice side, I had to go that route. The chicken was moist, had a delicious crispy skin with a citrus glaze. The rice, however sealed the deal. A southern mainstay perfectly executed.
Dan got the Shrimp & Grits which came highly recommended. I didn’t try it, but if his whimpering was any indication, it was pretty good. The Country Fried Steak with mash & gravy was also well received. Visually, the Pork Chop with mushroom spaetzle was the star. I tried it & my word was it good.
We had an un-rushed, delicious meal. The food was amazing, the service was attentive without being pushy & it didn’t break the bank (60 bucks per person with booze & tip). I left more than satisfied. I guess the bar there gets busy, because on the way out, things were on & poppin’ in the front.
The Brooklyn Star: 593 Lorimer Street at Conselyea St.