Barton's Bites

Food from a guy's perspective



Bluestone Bistro

Delicious lunch at Bluestone BistroPan seared salmon was to die for as was the Crown Maple pot de creme dessert. Check them out in Poughkeepsie! 

Bluestone Bistro, Poughkeepsie, NY

Bluestone Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Jimmy G’s Steaks

When you go to Philadelphia you get a cheesesteak. On a recent trip, I opted to skip the popular Pat’s, Gino’s and Tony Luke’s cheesesteak institutions and try Jimmy G’s Steaks.

One of the newest cheesesteak spots to hit the Philly scene, Jimmy G’s is only a few years old. It’s located in the Spring Garden area of Philly and has a sleek shiny steel interior and outdoor seating area. This place has also fully embraced social media, with TV screens and billboards showcasing recent Yelp reviews and photos.

After devouring a cheesesteak with Cheez Whiz and onions and some fries, I have to say Jimmy G’s can compete with the best of them. The bread was extremely fresh, the meat well-seasoned and nothing beats Cheez Whiz. Check them out next time you’re looking for something that’s a little less crowded than the usual spots.

Jimmy G's Steaks Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Marleey’s – Greenwood’s Newest Restaurant

Marleey’s, the newest restaurant to hit the Greenwood section of Brooklyn’s 5th Avenue, opens this Friday, December 11th. I recently was invited to check them out and sample some of their dishes.

Interior of Marleey's Brooklyn

Interior of Marleey's Brooklyn
Interior of Marleey’s

First impressions – the interior is VERY bright. The lights were turned on in full force creating an almost blinding effect. I’m not sure if this was on purpose or not (it made for great photos) but I recommend Marleey’s turns down the lights in the future and puts some candles on the tables for any extra light they’re looking for. The room is very nicely decorated with some great wood floors and exposed brick. It would look great in dim lighting.

Marleey’s puts a unique spin on American and Caribbean cuisine. Their sample menu took us through some of the appetizers, entrees and desserts the restaurant will be featuring when they open later this week.

Marleey's Sample Menu Greenwood Brooklyn New York
Marleey’s Sample Menu

From the butternut squash soup to the dulce de leche creme brûlée, the food was good, but not overly exciting.

On the plus side, the highlight of the meal was the butternut squash soup. It was perfectly creamy with great flavors – exactly what you’d expect from this soup. The jerk chicken was equally as good, sitting on a bed or rice with a slight kick to it.

On the negative side, the scallops were slightly soggy and watery and the creme brûlée was more of a cake than a custard.

I was secretly hoping for some exciting new Caribbean cuisine I’d never had before, but instead was faced with the usual jerk chicken and some pasta.

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Marleey’s has lots of potential and I’m hopeful they’ve worked out some of the kinks and are ready to hit the ground running this week.

Once open, Marleey’s hopes to appeal to all types of diners by hosting occasional nightly events, including speed dating, live DJ’s on weekends, and movie nights.

If you’re in the neighborhood, Marleey’s is a decent option to relax with hopefully some live entertainment starting in the near future. If you’re not in the area, I wouldn’t make a special trip to visit. I’m envisioning Marleey’s as more of a neighborhood spot.

I’m curious to see how things go for Marleey’s since this area of Brooklyn is starting to become more developed with the Park Slope crowd expanding out into the neighborhood.

Marleey's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Best NYC Burger Joints

In honor of National Cheeseburger Day tomorrow, Foursquare analyzed its location data to reveal the top 50 burger joints in the US. Minetta Tavern in New York City comes in as #1 on the list of best burgers, followed by Burger Joint , Shake Shack, J.G. Melon, 5 Napkin Burger and The Spotted Pig. A list of the top 10 is below. There’s plenty of New York City places on here – check them out!

  1. Minetta Tavern NY, NY
  2. Burger Joint NY, NY
  3. Shake Shack NY, NY
  4. Gordon Ramsay BurGR Las Vegas, NV
  5. J.G. Melon NY, NY
  6. Kuma’s Corner Chicago, IL
  7. AJ Bombers Milwaukee, WI
  8. 5 Napkin Burger NY, NY
  9. The Spotted Pig NY, NY
  10. Hopdoddy Burger Bar Austin, TX

Vote for NYC’s Best Grilled Cheese

Taste your way through some of New York City’s top grilled cheese sandwiches this weekend at the 5th annual Big Cheesy Grilled Cheese Challenge. This event brings six different restaurants from across New York City together to compete as hungry attendees vote for their favorite grilled cheese. The event is this weekend, April 18th and 19th, and costs $30 per person, which includes six grilled cheese tastings and two beers from Goose Island.

The Big Cheesy Grilled Cheese Event

I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon! This year’s competitors are:

  • Twist ’n Smash’d – The Twisted Grilled Cheese has cheddar cheese, fried Chicken, chipotle mayonnaise and avocado spread
  • La Maison de Croque Monsieur – Smoked Mozzarella, Bresaola (dried meat), Béchamel sauce & truffle oil
  • Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen – GUAC AND BACON: Cheddar, avocado, diced onions, jalapeño, tomato and bacon
  • Depanneur Brooklyn – Hangover Grilled Cheese – cheddar, avo, sriracha, buttered sourdough, ***served with McClure’s Blood Mary Chips & Mexican Coke***
  • The Wheelhouse Brooklyn
  • Artisanal – Artisanal Grilled Cheese: Consisting of our special Five cheese blend, Toasted Country Bread with Artisanal Signature Sauce

Want to Have More Sex? Eat More Grilled Cheese

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day! From our friends at Skout, a leading social platform for meeting new people, we decided to have some fun with the holiday. From a survey of its users, it turns out loving grilled cheese helps you out in more ways than one.

Did you know that people who love grilled cheese sandwiches have more sex, are more charitable, and more adventurous than those who don’t?

Grilled cheese sandwich lovers get more action in the bedroom!

  • 73% of people who love grilled cheese sandwiches have sex at least once a month vs. 68% of those who don’t care for the sandwich.
  • 32% of grilled cheese sandwich lovers have sex at least six times a month vs. 27% who pass on the melted goodness.

People who love grilled cheese sandwiches are more charitable.

  • 81% of people who love grilled cheese sandwiches say they have donated their time, money or food to those in need. Only 66% of people who dislike grilled cheese say they are as generous.

Grilled cheese sandwich lovers are more adventurous and more likely to travel.

  • While a grilled cheese sandwich may seem like a safe, all-American meal, 88% of grilled cheese fans say they are “fairly” or “very” adventurous. Only 75% of people who dislike grilled cheese sandwiches say the same.
  • 84% of grilled cheese sandwich fans love to travel, compared to 78% of people who dislike the sandwich.

Favorite grilled cheese sandwich ingredients? It’s a mix.

  • The most popular cheese is American (41%) followed by Cheddar (33%), Mozzarella (10%), Swiss (8%), Provolone (6%) and Brie (2%).
  • White bread is by far the most popular choice (51%) followed by wheat (29%), sourdough (13%), rye (4%) and a baguette (3%).

Skout National Grilled Cheese Day

The Ultimate Mac and Cheese Showdown

A couple weeks ago a mac and cheese champion was crowned at the Mac Daddy—the ultimate mac and cheese showdown.

Mac Daddy

I checked out this event with my friend, Laura, of 89th and Broke and we left stuffed to the brim with delicious mac and cheese. Held at the Openhouse event space, the event consisted of six different restaurants featuring their cheesiest mac and cheese creations, vying for the chance to be crowned New York City’s best mac and cheese. A punch card ensured you’re only allowed one dish from each restaurant and it also helps cut down on lines.

This year’s contestants were:

Mac Daddy

All the dishes were incredibly good. But then again, how can you go wrong with mac and cheese? This was a high-energy, awesome experience and I highly recommend checking it out next year.

February is Pancake Month!

February is pancake month at Clinton Street Baking Company, which means they feature a different special pancake flavor every Monday through Friday. Check out the menu below for the daily featured pancake. Be sure to get there early because the wait can be very long (they even have a section of the website dedicated to it).

  • 2, 3 Swedish Apple Pancakes with caramelized apples, cinnamon cider glaze, and Bavarian cream
  • 4, 5, 6 Crunchy Bananas with cinnamon-chili-chocolate sauce
  • 9, 10 Blueberry Crumb Streusel with fresh blueberry sauce, vanilla bean whipped cream and warm maple butter
  • 11, 12 Japanese Pumpkin pancakes with pumpkin seed streusel and warm maple butter
  • 13, 16, 17 Chocolate Chunks, fresh raspberries, raspberry-caramel sauce
  • 18, 19 Fresh Coconut Pancakes with caramelized pineapple, bruleed bananas, roasted macadamia nuts, and warm maple butter
  • 20 German Chocolate Pancakes: roasted organic pecans, caramel, fresh coconut, bittersweet chocolate sauce
  • 23, 24 Pistachio frangipane with burgundy cherries and roasted, crushed pistachios
  • 25, 26 Fresh Blackberries with meyer lemon curd and blackberry syrup
  • 27 Raspberry Pancakes: our signature raspberry jam, fresh raspberries, toasted almond butter, vanilla bean whipped cream

Clinton Street Baking Company Pancake Month

Market Place Kitchen and Bar

Market Place Kitchen and Bar – 33 Mill Plain Road, Danbury, Connecticut 

Walk into Danbury’s farm-to-table hotspot, Market Place, and you’ll find a packed restaurant and bar filled with young professionals and couples. The farm-to-table theme is pulled through with a reclaimed wood and brick interior, and dividing wall separating the restaurant from the bar scene.

Market Place encourages the use of local, organic and sustainability harvested food and the menu reads almost like map, noting the source of many ingredients.

4-Hour Duck Fat-Braised Berkshire Pork Belly
4-Hour Duck Fat-Braised Berkshire Pork Belly

The 4-Hour Duck Fat-Braised Berkshire Pork Belly appetizer is delicious, but slightly salty and didn’t have the melt-in-your-mouth goodness I expect from pork belly.

Prosciutto di Parma Flatbread
Prosciutto di Parma Flatbread

Prosciutto di Parma Flatbread is covered with a thin layer of sweet fig balsamic that counters chunks of savory Vermont goat cheese.

Stonington, CT Sea Scallops
Stonington, CT Sea Scallops

I didn’t have the fortune of chowing down on the Stonington, CT Sea Scallops, but were told they were delicious. The scallops were a good size and sat on top of a spinach risotto with cauliflower crème, cranberry compote and a pear reduction.

Kobe Burger
Kobe Burger

The Kobe Burger definitely must be one of the best in Southwestern Connecticut. Oozing with flavor, it’s has caramelized onions, wild mushrooms, provolone cheese and truffle aioli, all on top of a toasted brioche roll. It’s served alongside a mini fry basket filled with sweet potato tater tots.

Horseradish-Crusted Wild Scottish Salmon
Horseradish-Crusted Wild Scottish Salmon
Horseradish-Crusted Wild Scottish Salmon comes out with wheat berries, Brussels sprouts and an applewood-smoked bacon aioli.
Deep-Dish Pecan Pie
Deep-Dish Pecan Pie

And of course, we can’t forget about dessert. Deep-dish Pecan Pie immediately caught my eye and it didn’t disappoint. I’m still coming down from the sugar high from this dessert that came with scoop of vanilla bean gelato and cinnamon-whipped cream.

The Verdict

We left Market Place Kitchen and Bar stuffed to the brim. The food, with only a few missteps, delivered incredible flavors and lived up to expectations. I was a huge fan of the prosciutto di Parma flatbread, Stonington, CT sea scallops and horseradish-crusted wild Scottish salmon. You’ll definitely be paying for it though. Entrees are in the high $20s/low $30s and appetizers in the mid teens. Come hungry and leave happy. Just make sure that you make a reservation. This Danbury hotspot is sure to stay that way for a while to come. 

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