We played at the Rock Shop in Park Slope this past Sunday. They generously gave us 50% off the food bill. I didn’t know what to expect for a sports/rock bar, but we were surprised that the food was pretty good. I was so stuffed on burgers, fries and wings. Thank you.
After we played with our friends The Bam Bams (Baltimore) and Jenny & the Holzers, we got some beers upstairs and put extensions in my hair. I think Shonali forgot that I fucked up and didn’t play for a whole song.
The Rock Shop – 249 4th Ave (btwn President St & 5th Ave) Brooklyn, NY 11215
After the Gainesville class photo, a few of us went to Honeychiles’ at the Charleston bar where they used to have free pizza. Now it’s Cajun food. Reggie Watts was dead on when he tweeted, “Quote of the day-”The pizza’s all gone and some punk rock guys opened a cajun restaurant”. Cajun food is popping up everywhere in Williamsburg (Tchoup Shop at d.b.a. and Goods Food truck). Cajun is the new Bedford.
Small Jambalaya ($5), Boiled Peanuts ($3) and Smoked Cheddar ‘N Green Onion Hush Puppies ($3). I was disappointed to see that the Jambalaya was plain white rice topped with the jambalaya stew, rather than it cooked all together. It seemed more like a gumbo over rice than a jambalaya. Either way, it was meaty and fantastic. The boiled peanuts were great. Tasted like there was a bit of coffee grinds added to the boil. The corn bread was also good.
There was a couple next to us going to town with the Scallop (Seafood of the Day) Po’boy and a French Fries & Gravy Po’boy. I’m not sure that French Fry sandwich looked good, but it is definitely up my alley ($5).
All in all good food while watching the out of town bands loading in their huge vans and trailers’ worth of gear. I’ve never seen so much equipment in NY. No ones gonna be able to fit down there to watch them play with all them Marshall stacks.
Honeychiles’ (at the Charleston) – 174 Bedford Ave (btwn N 7th & N 8th St) Brooklyn 11211
Rusty and I have been spending a lot of time at Mother’s bar lately for an after-work Gaffel or three. I always see people eat there and finally took my shot at the Tilapia Fish Sandwich. Dang, it’s good. Maybe needs a little more of that fancy sauce, but it’s a nicely cooked & seasoned piece of fish. And yes, farm raised tilapia is bad for you …apparently worse than bacon (see this article). But I would be happy to order a bacon sandwich just as well, so I know what I’m getting into. I could really taste the delicious heart clogging oils coating the flaky clumps of fish and it was heaven …which might not be too far off eating the way I do.
Mother’s Bar – 347 Graham Ave (btwn Conselyea & Metropolitan) Brooklyn, NY 11211
Two different friends this week told me that The Commodore in Brooklyn has the best fried chicken they’ve ever had. They ain’t kidding. I got some friends to meet there for happy hour. The fried batter was so light and mix that in with the honey butter and hot sauce …hot dang. The Hot Fish Sandwich with spicy fried fish topped with cole slaw was amazing. I gobbled it up so quick because I didn’t want to share no more.
Then we headed over to Good Company, where Sam Jayne was taping his “Hi Mom, I’m on the Sam Jayne Show” –a television variety show filmed in a bar before a live studio audience. He kills two birds with one stone by bartending and hosting a show at the same time. I took a lot of photos with my new Canon EOS T2i DSLR camera I got this afternoon. What you think? I had a difficult time with the 50mm f/1.8 lens, only because I had to be like ten feet away from the food to get it in frame. But luckily this means I can take photos of other people’s food from another table.
After, Rusty and I headed back to The Commodore to give Yasmin (my ex and ex-bandmate) a Justice of the Unicorns shirt. She made us a coconut tiki drink. Russ invited her back into the band. I wonder if that means I’m kicked out.
We ended up at Carmine’s II where we saw Carmine. I think we had too much to drink because Rusty told Carmine the same thing ten times and tried to pay twice. They got a real nice backyard there. Then back home, Rusty modeled a bunch of different Justice of the Unicorns shirts that his friend JB (American Crossroads Apparel) made for us. Not just shirts, but skirts, aprons, negligee and a karate outfit. They are badass.
I gathered my friends to check out the cajun pop-up restaurant in the back of d.b.a bar last Sunday. A great sounding menu and I’ve been craving for some New Orleans food since we were there a couple months ago.
The gumbo and cajun burger were so good, although a little on the small side. Chunks of everything in the gumbo, including pieces of shelled crab. It was perfectly spiced. I didn’t need to add anything, even though I was hoping to when I saw some of their homemade sauces. The burger was juicy and well-made. Great New Orleans food here. Better than Popeyes.
Tchoup Shop – Sundays 2-8pm @ d.b.a bar – 113 N 7th St (btwn Berry & Wythe) Brooklyn, NY 11211
We chatted up this older gentlemen on the plane who overheard we were talking about food. This New Orleans native gave us some recommendations for bars and restaurant. Obviously, our first stop was to get a drink. We hit one on his list, Napoleon House, which apparently is housed in the famous building. Got in right before the rain poured down for only a short period. Old timey New Orleans look, old fashioned bartenders. It kinda reminded me of Pirate of Caribbean the ride. I don’t know why.
We took in a Pimms Cup, Sazerac, Bloody Marys and Dixie Beers. Snacked on a half of a Muffaleta sandwich. This half sucker was huge. We were thinking they gave us a whole one. It tasted like a meat pizza. Not too olive tasting. It was good.