Seersucker: 329 Smith St., (718) 422-0444
Two Courses: While we could easily blow our entire budget on a plate of Lobster and Grits ($34), chef Rob Newton is a genius with that humble bottom feeder, Catfish ($23), which he fries in a crispy shell of benne (sesame seed) flour. And you’ll want to order a wheel of Skillet Cornbread ($7) alongside, to mop up the potlikker from the accompanying greens.
Wine or Dessert: What’s a Deep South-styled meal without a glass of sweet tea? Or better yet, The John Daley ($10), a Brooklyn Republic Vodka-spiked Arnold Palmer.