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Hometown Bar-B-Que

Arguably the best BBQ in New York City, the picture below speaks for itself. Hometown BBQ in Red Hook, Brooklyn is doing things right. Yes, it’s a little bit of a trek to get there (for all you Manhattanites), but it’s worth the journey. The menu is filled with brisket, pulled pork and lamb belly, as well as artery-clogging sides like mac and cheese. Top it all off with a brunch Bloody Mary with candied bacon and you’ve got yourself quite the meal.

Tip – check them out on weekends when there is live country music, but get there early or you’ll be stuck waiting in a VERY long line.

Hometown BBQ

Hometown Bar-B-Que Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Time for Football at Slate’s “Undefeated Sundays”

The football season officially kicked off last night and that means it’s time for wings, nachos and beer. Everyone has their favorite sports bar (check out Lansdowne Road), but if you’re looking to scope out somewhere different, check out Slate‘s new “Undefeated Sundays.” From how Slate’s describing it, this is going to be an interesting combination of football, brunch, bar food and live music from some of NYC’s top DJs. The menu at the very least looks really good.

This all kicks off on Sunday, September 13th starting at noon so if you go, let me know how it is!

Undefeated Sundays

Bagatelle is Much More Than a Weekend Brunch Spot

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

Ted’s Montana Grill Brings Brunch to Midtown

Ted’s Montana Grill – 110 West 51st Street, Manhattan, New York

Midtown Manhattan isn’t know for brunch. However, Ted’s Montana Grill on 51st Street is looking to change that. With a newly-launched brunch menu, Ted’s is looking to pull some of your traditional Village brunchers up above 42nd street.

I was invited to check out Ted’s new brunch menu. Ted’s Montana Grill is known for two things 1) Ted Turner 2) bison, bison and more bison. On the brunch menu this is evident as your eyes are immediately drawn to the Bison Short Rib Hash, called out in enormous font and dominating the other dishes listed.

Some of our brunch highlights:

Ted's Bloody Mary

Ted’s Bloody Mary

Subtly spicy Bloody Marys were served with a slice of bacon.

Bison Short Rib Hash

Bison Short Rib Hash

Bison Short Rib Hash

Bison Short Rib Hash

The Bison Short Rib Hash came served with breakfast potatoes, roasted corn
and avocado, topped with fried eggs. Don’t let the pictures fool you. There were mounds of melt-in-your-mouth slow-braised short rib bison underneath those eggs that were bursting with flavor. The bison delivered a flavor punch (that’s right, flavor punch) directly to my taste buds. This is an unbelievably rich dish.

Crab Cake Benedict

Crab Cake Benedict

The Crab Cake Benedict consists of St. Phillip’s Island crab cakes, wilted spinach,
poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise served with breakfast potatoes. For those of you looking to cut some carbs, this Benedict was unique in that the crab cakes served as the English muffins. Hailey had no complaints here, greedily devouring this dish. (I didn’t even get any!)

Savory Corn Flapjacks

Savory Corn Flapjacks

Next up, savory corn flapjacks with oven-roasted ham, cheddar cheese and chives, served with honey butter and maple syrup. I was expecting these to be heavy pancakes. What we got were light, fluffy and buttery flapjacks. I was stuffed from my bison hash but somehow I found room to fit these guys. The edges had a buttery crispness to them and I’d highly recommend these for those that aren’t into eggs as much.

Boozy Mudslide Milkshake

Boozy Mudslide Milkshake

Finally, a boozy mudslide milkshake capped off the brunch. This was made with Baileys, Kahlua and vodka, and filled with huge scoops of ice cream topped with lots of whipped cream. If I had known I would be drinking a milkshake during brunch I would have worn my stretchy pants!

The best thing I heard during brunch came from one of the chefs. He told me that they’re experimenting in the kitchen to come up with the perfect brunch menu. How are they doing this? By checking out popular brunch spots in the West Village to see what’s working. (By the way, this sounds like an awesome part of the job.)

The Verdict

I’m looking forward to seeing how Ted’s menu evolves over the coming months. They’re just starting out with brunch and it sounds like the team is committed to making it work. The only critique I have is that compared to other brunch spots, prices are a little steep and drinks aren’t included so this may be a brunch to check out when your parents are in town. Regardless, I highly recommend giving Ted’s Montana Grill a try – you won’t regret it!

Ted's Montana Grill on Urbanspoon

Grilled Cheese Waffle at Ovelia

Ovelia has recently stepped up its game in the brunch arena. I’m a huge fan of their stuffed French toast, but they now have a grilled cheese waffle. Check this thing out.

Ovelia Grilled Cheese Waffle

That’s right. A grilled cheese waffle filled with cheddar, mozzarella, kefalograviera and manouri cheeses, fresh dill, scallions, and sauteed kale is served with marinara sauce.

Ovelia Grilled Cheese Waffle

Flo Lounge Restaurant

Flo Lounge – 37-20 30th Avenue, Astoria, New York

Flo Lounge Restaurant balances the best of both worlds – relaxing, casual daytime ambiance, and a late-night DJ-fueled dinner/drinks atmosphere. I checked them out over the weekend and they delivered a solid (and cheap!) brunch deal.

At $15 for coffee, a drink and your pick from a number of outstanding brunch options, Flo puts up a good argument for a weekend brunch stop. They have ample outdoor seating for those warm upcoming summer days along with a spacious modern indoor space.

Southwestern Benedict at Flo Cafe Astoria 2
Southwestern Benedict

The Southwestern Benedict is just one of the great choices off the brunch menu. Pulled pork is served on toasted biscuits topped with poached eggs and a heavy helping of cheddar cheese and spicy chipotle hollandaise.

Southwestern Benedict at Flo Cafe Astoria
Southwestern Benedict
Teriyaki Terror Bill Apter at Flo Cafe Astoria
Teriyaki Terror Bill Apter

The Teriyaki Terror Bill Apter himself chowed down on a grilled chicken teriyaki salad. That’s soba noodles, seasonal vegetables, field greens and sesame ginger dressing with thick strips of grilled chicken breast.

The Verdict

Flo is a solid prix fixe brunch option on 30th Avenue in Astoria. If you’re really looking to take advantage of the weekend, they also offer a $10 all-you-can-drink option as an add-on. Lots of great menu options, a spacious, modern atmosphere and service to please – Flo gets my vote!

Flo Lounge Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Giveaway! Celebrate National Pancake Day with Nutella

Congratulations, Becca! You’re the winner of the Nutella National Pancake Day Giveaway!

Nutella Giveaway Random Winner

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Who doesn’t love Nutella? Tuesday is National Pancake Day (yes, that actually exists) and to help celebrate, Nutella wants you to show them your smile by posting pictures of how creative you can get making your own pancake face with the hazelnut spread.

I had some fun with this and my favorite pancake recipe and attempt at a smiling pancake creation are below.

Now the good part – I’m giving away some free jars of Nutella to a lucky reader. All you need to do is tell me your favorite kind of pancake by Thursday, March 6 in the comments below and I’ll randomly select one winner – chocolate chip, blueberry, etc. You can only enter once so choose those pancakes wisely!

National Pancake Day

Mini Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes with Nutella® Hazelnut Spread and Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, whites and yolks separated
  • 2 cups buttermilk (use regular milk if preferred)
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 6 tbsp Nutella® Hazelnut Spread (1 tbsp per pancake)
  • Olive oil spray for frying

Steps

  • Beat egg yolks well, then whisk in the buttermilk and melted butter.
  • Sift dry ingredients over egg mixture and fold in.
  • When you are ready to cook the pancakes, whisk egg whites to soft peaks and fold into batter.
  • Lightly grease frying pan and spoon in around ¼ cup batter.
  • Cook until bubbles form on uncooked side.
  • Before flipping the pancake, scatter a few blueberries onto the pancake and then flip.
  • Cook until golden.
  • Keep in warm oven until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, simply spread layer of Nutella® on top of each pancake and top with chopped strawberries.

Please note: Barton’s Bites was not compensated for this product, but received free product from Nutella. 

February Means Hot Chocolate and Pancakes!

It’s February and that means it’s time for City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival and Clinton Street Baking Company’s Pancake Month! These are some of my favorite annual food events are are well worth the trip to both places.

Every February, City Bakery announces its calendar of hot chocolate flavors. Each day throughout the month City Bakery features a new flavor of hot chocolate, ranging from lemon hot chocolate to rum raisin to banana peel. And this isn’t your cheap Swiss Miss hot chocolate. This is the real deal – thick, liquid chocolate gold.

City Bakery Hot Chocolate FestivalPancake Month at Clinton Street Baking Company is the place to be as well. Get there early though because lines stretch out the door on both weeknights and weekends. The wait is well worth it for some delicious pancakes and great variety of flavors.

Clinton Street Baking Company Pancake Month

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