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May 27 / Josh

Are We In Brooklyn or Arkansas?

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After weeks of peeking into Brooklyn’s new Southern spot, Seersucker, your friends at Epicurean Musician sat down to a fabulous meal with neighborhood musician, Ryan Miller, from Guster, and his wife Angela. While the owner, Kerry Diamond, had just arrived to some opening week curveballs, this meal had us swinging for more buiscuits and and pigs feet!

The busy strip of Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, offers every kind of culinary experience from Indian cuisine, Cuban specialties, to your neighborhood French bistro. Now, the street comes closer to godliness with the opening of Seersucker, a restaurant inspired from Arkansas native Chef Robert Newton (Tabla and Le Cirque) and owner, Kerry Diamond. Ryan and Angela, also familiar with the countless dining spots in the neighborhood, certainly put Seersucker on their radar after last night’s meal.

The menu includes many classics like Virginia country ham and biscuits (with phenomenal honey butter and a rhubarb relish), but also takes some interesting turns with its fried pigs feet and homemade potato chips with pimento cheese.  To start, we began with a tasting plate featuring a ham paté (which Ryan affectionately called his “ham ice cream”), deviled eggs and delicious pickled okra. Along with locally sourced wine and beer, the restaurant has joined the pickling trend, featuring an assortment of pickling jars acting as the wall between the dining room and the kitchen.

Fried Pigs Feet and Greens

Two  of our favorites on the menu: country cassoulet and their cast iron skirt steak. The cassoulet is divine! It features a nice, meaty duck leg accompanied by a stoneware pot with delicious sausage, cornbread crumbs and white beans. The taste is memorable and will likely have you thinking about it the next day. The skirt steak is beautifully prepared over asparagus and potatoes. Many restaurants serve “skirt steak” but there’s something about Seersucker’s light seasoning and timing on the grill that really makes it stand out from others.

Ryan has just returned from Guster’s performance at the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. While Ryan had only good things to say about the beachfront venue, the devastation wrought miles south in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico was on everyone’s mind. Many of the bands playing the festival donated proceeds to remediate environmental damage due to the monstrous oil spill that occurred last month. Ryan Miller and Guster have an album coming out later this year and a few gigs planned this summer, including an appearance at Summerfest in Milwalkee, WI.
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Seersucker is loacted at 329 Smith Street in Brooklyn, near the F/G at Carroll Street. Eater has published the menu here.

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