Sunday, July 22, 2012

Saturday Splurge: Buttermilk Channel (Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn)

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It's not very often that I have absolutely NOTHING to say. I can strike up a lively conversation with a rock if I have to, but I'll tell you what...

...not here. The food is so sinfully good that I keep the conversation to a minimum.

If you haven't been to Buttermilk Channel, you have to go. Maybe find a discount plane ticket (no joke). Jay Z and Beyonce frequent this place, and I'm pretty sure they'd agree with my review. 

Buttermilk Channel is one of those restaurants that is warm and welcoming from the start. I almost felt like I was back South! It's modestly decorated, but the lighting gives it a warm glow, making it perfect for a date or any special night really. Hell, you should just go alone if the mood strikes!

I went with the girls this time and we all dove head first into the sweet ambrosia they laid before us... light fluffy popovers with a glazing of sweet honey. It was almost too good to be a starter! And did I mention it was free?!?

Next up were the BBQ Oysters. For the record, I don't like oysters. But let me tell you, I may have been converted! Hallelujah! Preach, Buttermilk!

Following the oysters, we shared the Summer Market Salad, a refreshing blend of cucumbers, nectarines, radishes, red onion, lively run goat feta (hehe...whatever that is) and lime vinaigrette. I just love it when healthy things are tasty things!

Now for the entrees... make sure you sit down for this.

I had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken over cheddar waffles with savoy cabbage slaw and a maple syrup/balsamic reduction to drizzle over the top. Obviously, chicken and waffles are a staple in the South, but it's not very often you find that sort of thing in these parts! The cheddar thrown into the waffle was so yummy that I let my friends do all the talking while I sat there silently savoring every bite.

The beautiful Marissa Roy went with the Parsley-Crusted New England Hake over a warm bean salad with basil, pickled peppers and a green olive vinaigrette. Very healthy and flavorful choice! Maybe SHE should be writing the nutrition page.

Out-of-towner #1 Claire Kelly went for Caputo's Fresh Linguine, which was a glorious combination of sweet peas, pea leaves, spring onions, green garlic, fried egg and chili oil. Kudos to Claire for sharing!     ... At the end of the day, I would have stolen some bites either way.

Out-of-towner #2 and soon-to-be NYC resident Kristen Schloegel asked for a vegetarian menu, which they actually produced! Shocking! She went with the Roasted Market Vegetables, which was a beautiful combination of fresh summer vegetables, topped with a heaping pile of grilled asparagus drizzled in lemon oil and balsamic vinegar. Good call, girl!

After dinner, we were coerced into a dessert (only because every review of the restaurant mentioned it AND I am a sucker for pecans). We shared Doug's Pecan Pie Sundae. I can't even do this dessert justice by describing it, so I'm not even going to try.

If you aren't making a reservation right now, we just can't be friends. It's as simple as that.

Buttermilk Channel
524 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Two very happy girls post-dinner.

P.S. Our shoddy iPhone pictures will never do this food justice. Forgive me, Buttermilk!


  1. Surprisingly enough, Chicken and Waffles originated in Harlem in the 1930's during the jazz heyday. You can find this dish in a many places in city to this day!

  2. How could I forget Harlem!? Good call, Rebekah!