My intention is to serve as a guide for all types of culinary journeys in Brooklyn, not only those touched by the South. However for my first post, it only seemed appropriate to take you all to a culinary gem in Clinton Hill my mother and I found during her last trip from Georgia. My mom is chuckling away at the coincidence that the restaurant shared names with my hometown, Marietta.
With subtle Southern influences, Marietta quickly sweeps our taste buds back to the comfort of the South. Despite the hustle and bustle of a busy Grand Avenue and the nearby subway, dishes laced with sweet Vidalia onions or a little something fried was all it took to remind us of home. The interior inviting and our lovely French waitress was attentive, but the real star here was the food.
After perusing the menu, we chose the Fried Green Tomatoes with ‘Comeback Sauce’, Salt Cod Gnocchi, Crispy Skin Arctic Char, Rainbow Trout, Ham and Cheese Heirloom Grits, and of course the Extra Fancy Memphis Fried Chicken. Before you judge us, I forgot to mention we were accompanied by two others! So, the extensive food choices fit four perfectly. Everything was delicious, but the standouts were certainly the grits (after much deliberation).
The grits were sinfully cheesy with a coy smoke from the gouda and the ham dancing throughout the bowl. Between the grits, the swine, and the smoke, this dish screamed of the South and was consumed by the table in less than five minutes.
BrklynHospitality’s Quick & Dirty: 5/5. This is a great American restaurant with graceful touches of Southern influence. Southerners, New Yorkers, and out-of-towners can agree this is a downright tasty pick for dinner with friends, family, or a date night. You won’t be disappointed.
285 Grand Ave
New York, NY 11238