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Murphy Gonzalez

Murphy Gonzalez Pub & Cocina

This is what happens when an Irish pub and Mexican restaurant meet and have a baby. Near NYU.

What We Had

My DH had the Burger with Bacon & Swiss on an English Muffin – Overcooked but still juicy and flavorful with really good bacon. Decent fries that were a potato not long ago.

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I had the Steak & Eggs – Overcooked but flavorful and tender. Eggs were overcooked as well, but still tasty. Potato side was decent; surprise fruit side was great.

Decor

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More Irish pub than Mexican restaurant. Sports on the flat screens, open and spacious dining area.

Service

Friendly service – appropriately attentive for Sunday brunch.

Overall Impressions

An interesting mix prepared with enough skill that its all not just drunk food.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for good standard food with enough promise that we may come back for Mexican fare.

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The Smoke Joint

BBQ near a subway semi-dead zone in Boerum Hill.

What We Had

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I had the pulled pork with slaw & pickles – Not too bad. Juicy, but underseasoned.

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My DH had the BBQ beef brisket – Dry and joyless but at least it was edible when slathered in sauce.

Collard greens – Odd but not terrible. Not the flavor profile I’m used to at a BBQ joint, but not bad.

Decor

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Decor is kinda cute – sunny lenai with homey feel.

Service

Service was busy but at least present.

Overall Impressions

They’re trying. Very busy; poor wait list management and no where to stand that’s out of the way. Food wasn’t worth the wait; there are better places out there *cough* *Fette Sau* *cough* *Fieldman’s*

Rating

2.75 out of 5 for so-so food and bad crowd management.

El Pollito Mexicano

Standard Mexican fare.

What We Had

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I had 3 Tacos al Pastor D.F. Style with pork, pineapple & onions – Great taste, lots of pineapple. A little chewy, but the taste was good. Great guacamole.

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My DH had the Beef Burrito with rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, cheese & lettuce – Decent taste; not a lot of spice but pretty good seasoning.

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Side of Black Beans – Great taste with a hit of coffee.

The chips & salsa were ok. Not salted.

Decor

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Lively and colorful decor with upbeat Christmas music when we visited.

Service

Standard Mexican restaurant service.

Overall Impressions

Not bad. This place has a varied menu with Mexican classics & American Mexican style favorites with a little bit for everyone.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for solid food in a lively atmosphere.

Fort Reno BBQ

BBQ joint in Gowanus helmed by a Collichio protege.

What We Had

Brisket – This was the best of the bunch. Flavorful, tender and delicious.

Pulled pork – Decent. Flavor didn’t fully penetrate & it was a hair dry, but still good.

Collards – I absolutely loved.

Mac & cheese – Also pretty great.

Biscuit – Not the best in the world, but satisfying and worthy.

Decor

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Metal & old wood decor with lots of mason and jelly jars. Rock anthems over the speakers lend an all-American vibe.

Service

Order at the counter service, with separate bar.

Overall Impressions

This tiny place (seating for maybe 20) is pretty good. Not as good meat as its neighbor Fletcher’s, but better sides.

Rating

4 out of 5 for solid taste, but second best meat (by a hair) in the neighborhood

Hello

Hello, Brooklyn!

My Dearest Husband (henceforth referred to as ‘DH’) and I have just moved from Miami and are excited to explore our new home.

The intent of this blog is to serve as a reminder of which restaurants he and I have enjoyed, and which we never want to set foot in again.

I write my reviews based upon first impressions. IMHO, if a restaurant fails to impress on the first visit, why subject yourself to a repeat? There are plenty of other fish in the proverbial sea.

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