So happy to see Jeni's represented! Columbus residents can also gloat over Brooklynites when it comes to the mind-blowing veggie burgers at NorthStar (some combination of beets, black beans and brown rice that I've never ever seen duplicated) and the insane hot dogs at Dirty Frank's (the "Classy Lady" has potato chips and cheese sauce, the "Ohioana" has sweet corn relish with celery salt, and the feminist proprietor owns three other amazing restaurants all worth checking out, and all super cheap). I also miss the veggie-friendly and health-conscious fare of Cleveland Heights restaurant Tommy's (tuna, mushroom and falafel pita sandwich!), and in Pittsburgh, Kaya's Peruvian fusion (their signature burger has a secret sauce and AN EGG on it). Most days I feel there's nothing more I could ask for in terms of Brooklyn dining, but these locales make me miss the Midwest. Great article!
Hmmm... looks like Crown Heights/Prospect Heights didn't make the list since it's not nearly as accessible as places like Red Hook (oh wait... there's a shuttle that runs right through it... connecting the C, 4, 5, 2, 3, and B & Q trains...).
Then again the culture couldn't possibly rival Fort Greene (just that behemoth Brooklyn Museum and some boring old plants at the Botanical Gardens, a thriving West Indian population, and smaller outlets like Launchpad which offer pay-what-you-can acupuncture and yoga, host sewing circles, community meetings, concerts, and art openings).
I'd surely starve/dry out here (if not for Franklin Park, Soda, The Vanderbilt, The Candy Rush, Way Station, Tom's Diner, Sweet Basil, Chavela's, Dean Street, Ample Hills Creamery, Washington Commons, or any of the other newly opened or scheduled -to-open bars & restaurants now dotting Vanderbilt, Franklin, and every Ave. in between).
I'll spend the money I save paying $600 in rent at About Time, Rosebud Vintage, Owl & Thistle, Unnameable Books, or Park Delicatessan (which is actually a skate/flower/handmade gifts shop), watch these rest of these huge condos come up, and you can tack Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO onto your list for reasons even you can't seem to identify. Second Thoughts Indeed.
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