St. Anselm in Williamsburg BK - I'm a fan
I tried this place one weekend for brunch and ended up going back 4 times in a row.
The hot dogs are great too, but the specials are the draw for me. On various occasions I've had fried brains (too much panko), fried sweetbreads (very good), butcher's faggots (fantastic), cured lamb sandwich (super fantastic), and scrapple (great). I'm sad I missed out on the foie gras pierogies.
And the disco fries (with ricotta and white gravy) are the best ever and cheap as hell too -- 4 bucks.
The prices are very good for some interesting and super tasty food. If those disco fries were on the menu at Brooklyn Star or Dumont, they'd probably be $14 instead of $4. And I'd probably order them anyway.
Although coming from a totally different background (NJ + UK maybe?) I felt like St. Anselm does in its sleep what BK Star tried so hard to do -- touch up comfort food with offal and great preparation.
I'm not sure what is going to happen when they get their liquor license but I hope it's more of the same.
593 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
355 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
went here last night for the first time and ordered a lot of stuff...here are my winners and losers:
the sliders...definitely had some fatback or something in them...quite yummy. get the double with cheese.
the sausages...particularly the chorizo...all made in house and all of high quality. i had them with a side of eggs...good idea. the bread they serve them with is fresh and crusty.
disco fries...for $4 a winner. for more $, id skip them. the potatoes are solid, the ricotta is good. they have this lemon in the gravy that doesnt work though.
sweet corn with guinacale (sp?). small portion for $8 and very little meat.
egg cream...horrible...way too much head.
no beer...big problem.
overall, it was fine. i wont rush back but you could do worse. wish they had more offal offerings. i was expecting sweetbreads and a lot of the menu was fried hot dogs and burgers.
I loved the disco fries and went back for them--I shared them the first time and then ate them as my meal the second. But I wasn't impressed with the hot dogs, I thought the buns were really crusty and over toasted and i prefer the brats at meat hook that I can cook up myself. I will have to go back and try the specials though, as the disco fries are worth the price of admission alone.