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Places to Eat: Bonnie’s Grill

Bonnie's Grill in all its glory.
Bonnie’s Grill in all its glory.

If you’re looking for good food, cheap booze and blues, look no further than Bonnie’s Grill.

Located on 5th avenue and 1st street in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, New York; the humble eatery is a narrow hole-in-the-wall type of place surrounded with pictures of both blues and southern rock legends.

Bonnie’s Grill features some great wings fried to a crispy perfection, covered with four different sauces of choice – each boasting a different level of heat. If you want a nice, tangy punch then go for BBQ or the medium sauce. If you’re looking for punishment, then go for broke with hot or hotter.

While one of the more traditional selections at Bonnie’s are their ribs, Applewood pork dogs and burgers (a juicy slab of Angus sirloin chock full of flavor), they make one hell of a pulled pork sandwich – served with your choice of fries, salad, soup, chili, or some spicy coleslaw for that extra kick. The different spices, juices and textures complement each other in the supreme way that only Southern cooking can. Bonnie’s also features a soul fueled brunch menu on the weekends complete with chicken and waffles.

One of the more unique features of Bonnie’s Grill is the old-timey homage set by their display. Pictures of Roy Orbison, Robert Johnson and Elvis Presley adorn the walls of the neighborhood haunt.
Bonnie’s Grill also has an impressive beer menu ranging from craft, local and your standard domestic suds to bring it all home.

When it all comes down to the nitty-gritty, Bonnie’s Grill has you covered. With Southern style cooking, great beer and a little piece of Rock ‘n’ Roll, you simply can’t go wrong.

Binnie's pulled pork sandwich with an ample serving of their spicy coleslaw.
Bonnie’s pulled pork sandwich with an ample serving of their spicy coleslaw.
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Places to Eat: Kawaii

Photo credit: Danny Chi
Photo credit: Danny Chi

Just past Brooklyn’s roast beef emporium Brennan and Carr and right next to Jay and Lloyd’s of deli fame is Kawaii, a hidden sushi restaurant that can go ten rounds with the two heavyweights above.

The cozy little hole-in the wall serves an abundance of food with a large menu ranging from several types of teriyaki, a multitude of salads (mango kani anyone?) and a plethora of special sushi rolls such as the Bloody Mary, Godzilla and the AK-47 at great prices with large portions to boot.

On top of that, Kawaii also has an extensive all you can eat menu with nothing off limits for $20.00. The only catch is that if you’re going to take that route, your entire party must also be on board.

If that isn’t appealing enough, your sushi will be served in a wooden boat if a large enough quantity is ordered.

The flavors in the special rolls and salads pop with no ingredients overpowering nor canceling others out. Every hint of citrus, caviar, and fish really come together in unprecedented fashion.

At times some of the grilled dishes may come out a bit dry or overcooked, but the sauces are very nicely done and do a great job of making up for what is lost if you should run into that situation.

When it comes down to the nitty gritty, Kawaii is a winner fully loaded with variety, diversity and generosity showing in their prices, menus and food.

Fun fact: Kawaii is the Japanese word for “loveable,” “charming,” “adorable” or “cute.”

How appropriate.

Places to Eat: Pizza D’Amore

Photo Credit: Talya Goldberg
Photo Credit: Talya Goldberg

If you’re in the mood for pizza with class, look no further than Pizza D’Amore.

Located on Avenue U and Strickland ave, Pizza D’Amore’s exterior looks like an average sized shop, but it has so much more to offer.

The Brooklyn kitchen surprisingly takes up a small section of the eatery to make room for the traditional restaurant portion of the venue while the main dining area – resembling a cabin; takes up the front. The place is much bigger than it appears on the outside.

The food is delicious and the service is remarkable. Italian classics like eggplant parmigiana and calzones are cooked to perfection while healthier alternatives such as BLT wraps are stacked with flavor. If you’re eating in you’ll be surprised with complementary garlic bread garnished with a healthy dose of pesto sauce for snacking.

Even slices of pizza are served elegantly, with each individual slice on its very own plate.

Talk about class.

Photo Credit: Craig Gibbons
Photo Credit: Craig Gibbons