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  • sam Apr 27, 2006 12:44 PM
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Heard from a friend that this place is good...never been...is it in windsor terrace?

anyone have an opinion on it?

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  1. It's in Ditmas Park on Cortelyou Road.

    1. It's in Ditmas Park on Cortelyou Road.

      1. i would only go out of desperation. def. nothing special.

        Link: http://www.muckraked.com

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        1. re: josh L

          I had one good dinner there, but two brunch attempts were disappointingly pallid. The skirt steak at dinner is pretty nice.

        2. It's ok but nothing special. I'm within walking distance but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there.

          1. given that the pickings for dpark area are slim, someone should say a bit more? ok, i will. i went a few weeks ago for dinner by myself - service was fine..i asked for some specific things..skirt steak with the sauce on the side and a substitution for the potatoes and was completely accomodated. i thought the steak was good but had that texture of having been marinated a bit too long. the potatoes were great and the spinach was great also. i was trying to read a book during dinner but wow, it was dark in there! while there, midweek, the restaurant completely filled up. i was impressed by that. everyone was taken care of and served quickly and, obviously, some were regulars. one thing that bugged me was that the waiter cleared my plate and asked me: would you like anything else? without handing me the dessert menu. i think that was because i was a single at the table. but i did have dessert. it was my least fave thing..i had an apple crisp that was cloyingly sweet...just way over the top. but all in all, a nice addition to the neighborhood.

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            1. re: redgirl

              I would agree that this place is very up and down and sometimes not worth the price. Lately brunch has had a line outside -- it's decent but nothing special.

              The salmon club is a nice sandwich though, and in a pinch we'll eat there occasionally. We're within walking distance as well.

            2. it has the best Smoked gouda mac n cheese! I'm veggie so I always just get an assortment of veggie sides, and some are excellent, some just ok, but overall worth it for me.

              The french toast rocks as well.

              1. I live nearby and go occasionally if I don't feel like going to Park Slope. The food is solid, nothing to write home about, but I like having a local dining option, so I'm glad that they are usually busy. One thing I will say- the chef is in love with his salt shaker.

                In other DP news, I heard that the chef from Patios and Schnack is somehow associated with the new place that will be opening on Cortelyou, closer to Coney Island Ave. Can't wait!

                1. Great place. Doing their own thing which is kind of cutsey (decor) and well executed standard menu fare. (Burger, turkey burger(!), fried chicken, meat loaf (sometimes), duck, salmon, ravioli)

                  Given that the area is a no mans land for good food, or even edible food, I give the place especially high marks, because they could get away with doing much much less. This place could easily be on 5th Ave or Smith. or Atlantic. I would chose it over almost anywhere on 7th Ave or montague. Actually the only other place near it that is better is a Georgia-ian fish place on Emmons Ave whose name eludes me at the moment, but that place is more expensive.

                  As you can tell it is doing good traffic. Is it a chowhound destination? Yes because its the only decent place in the area other than DiFaras (how many times a week is Dom mentioned on this board?)

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                    Charlotte Russe

                    Picket Fence is a good neighborhood place considering the options here on Cortelyou Rd/Coney Island Ave are middle eastern (excellent) and mexican (fair-OK). PF serves slightly upscale comfort food. The SAT - SUN brunch is very good too. They have great burgers, rosemary-scented skirt steak, grilled vegetable salad, good specials, and everyone, including veggies can find something good to eat. I thought the fried chicken was terribly soggy. The garden is fine but not that attractive and if you eat early, there are too many kids (go after 8). Teachers get 10% off during the weekdays with ID. A new bar-resto is coming to the neighborhood on the corner of Stratford & Cortelyou but I don't have details yet. I believe it's to be called "The Farm on Adderly" and the owner is a local fellow who plans on a free range, local farm menu. can't wait!

                    1. I like it. WAY too many kids infesting the place. The owner definitely wants it that way b/c they have a big box of toys in the main dining room. I think that says it all in terms of ambience. But in terms of classic straightforward food it is a reliable place. Decently priced. Great burgers. Tasty crab cakes. A good place to hit up in a t-shirt on a weekend or after work with friends. Nothing too amazing about it but is serves it's purpose well.

                      1. I like it. WAY too many kids infesting the place. The owner definitely wants it that way b/c they have a big box of toys in the main dining room. I think that says it all in terms of ambience. But in terms of classic straightforward food it is a reliable place. Decently priced. Great burgers. Tasty crab cakes. A good place to hit up in a t-shirt on a weekend or after work with friends. Nothing too amazing about it but is serves it's purpose well.

                        1. I like this place a lot and really support it. However, I've had my share of inconsistencies with the food. Fun atmosphere... great crabcake appetizer.. also the calamari is yummy! I like the duck salad a lot, and the skirt steak. Also, they have a bbq beef brisket that looks very tasty. Great mashed potatoes, On the off times, a mushroom barley soup definitely needed salt... I like their eggs benedict, but it is sometimes too acidic (vinegar-y?). I am not a fan of their "fresh squeezed orange juice". It tastes like it's just turned or fermented a bit. Or maybe it was a bad batch. Nonetheless, I will keep going to support them but stick to the better dishes.

                          1. I got a nice piece of fish there this weekend. PF is a solid neighborhood American bistro; They get props for raising the bar in Ditmas, offering healthy choices for children and for consistently rotating their specials and creating new seasonal dishes. Well-chosen wine list, too. I think the "hit-or-miss" ding against them is mostly a vestige of their first 6 mos or so in biz, when it was indeed shakey.
                            A Chowhound destination?
                            Perhaps for the mac & cheese or the pecan crusted pork chop or, most likely, if one is inclined to work up an appetitite by first exploring the magnificent architecture of Victorian F'bush: Maybe take the Q to Church Ave and wend your way southwest to Cortelyou.

                            1. I adore Picket Fence; I eat there all the time. The only times I notice a dip in quality are when I get delivery; maybe the food doesn't travel well. But when I've eaten there, I've never been disappointed in the food. The service can be a bit slow when they're really crowded, but that's to be expected. Considering the dearth of options in the neighborhood, I find Picket Fence to be a godsend.

                              1. We ate at Picket Fence on Friday night and were really, really disappointed with the quality of the food. The last time we ate there was in May so maybe it's a summer thing. We ordered scallops which, while large were tasteless and the fried chicken which was soggy and bland (it used to be wonderful). Service seems to have gone way down too.

                                1. Just echoing that the food here is very hit or miss. The smoked gouda mac and cheese is really great, but at brunch this past weekend the eggs florentine and benedict were pretty bad. The hollandaise sauce was curdled & too vinegary (cooking 101 people!), and instead of spinach on the florentine they served zucchini. Not the substitution I would've made, but it would've been nice to let us know when we ordered that they weren't serving spinach. The zucchini was a complete surprise.