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If you’re familiar with Sam Talbot from his two Top Chef go-rounds, you wouldn’t call him a champion of pimento cheese, cracklins, and lard. Which is to say, he seems an unlikely proprietor of a full-blown southern restaurant—until it’s realized said establishment happens to be in Greenpoint, and that the purification of soul food staples is its primary goal. Thankfully, the suitably dubbed “Pretty Southern” reigns in its righteousness: There’s a menu manifesto on their...
While Bravo’s reality cooking competition show, Top Chef, has absolutely provided a leg up to its winners, it’s consistently done even bigger and better things for the careers of its runners up. That’s certainly been the case with Carla Hall, whose ebullient personality (hootie hoo!) and considerable culinary skills (she won Jacques Pepin’s heart with a plate of peas) has catapulted her from DC-based catering chef to Mario Batali’s co-star, on ABC’s lifestyle program...
Mark our words, the “Summer of the Fried Chicken Sandwich” (instigated by Fuku, ShakeShack, Mighty Quinn’s et al), may soon give way to the “Autumn of the Veggie Burger,” foreshadowed by Superiority Burger, Nu Burger, and No. 7 Veggie. But before the tide inexorably turns towards virtuous bean and seitan patties, there’s still time to pay your respects to Brooklyn’s best deep-fried contenders in all their many forms, from the Israeli pitas at Batata...
An adjunct to Loosie Rouge—Williamsburg’s sceney, Big Easy-inspired piano bar—Loosie’s Kitchen is a tranquil sanctuary for sun-worshippers nursing Pimms Cups kissed with cucumber under canopies of ivy, shaded only by a luxuriant fringe of potted palms. Save for a handful of cloistered, marble two-tops, a good three-quarters of the seating is staunchly al fresco. (Their plans for winter are currently undetermined.) Comprising communal wooden tables propped on platforms patterned with throw rugs, ringed by walls...

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