Much like a seersucker suit, Southern food is hard to pull off when you aren't in the South. Actually, a seersucker suit is hard to pull off unless you are an old guy from Charleston with a classic car and access to gunpowder. Next time you see some kid wearing one at the Standard beer garden, feel free to let him know that.
This Brooklyn restaurant, Seersucker, is a similar attempt at that Southern style and substance, and the results are mixed. It's a popular place amongst Carroll Garden residents, but it does not seem to be so popular with real Southerners looking for a taste of home. The words "that ain't a biscuit" came quickly from the mouth of our Alabama friend at the table, and proved to be a pretty accurate summary of the rest of the food we ate. This certainly isn't authentic, which is fine. But it's also not satisfying like Southern food/any food should be. Nearly everything on the menu has a really delicious sounding description, but underdelivers on flavor. That makes for frustrating eating, and we found ourselves wishing we were at Pies & Thighs, crushing a box of fried chicken and sweating from the lack of AC and stress on our hearts. What's more Southern than that?
Southern Snack Tray
A trendy Brooklyn restaurant's version of the Chili's appetizer sampler. This tray has all kinds of things we like on it, including deviled eggs and ham, but the chips with pimento cheese turned out to be the only thing on the plate we finished.
Biscuits are a touchy subject for a Southerner. As in, don't f*ck them up unless you want someone with an accent mad at you. Our friend from Alabama was not impressed, and we Yankees weren't really either.Pan Fried Feather Ridge Farm Egg
This is a nicely cooked egg perched atop a "grit cake", and it might have been the best thing we ate at Seersucker.Crispy Mississippi Catfish
Man this thing was almost awesome. The fish was cooked perfectly, and the skin was crispy as advertised, but neither the spicy mayo it comes with or the hot sauce we put on it could give it that extra kick that a dish like this needs.Shrimp and Grits
Another sacred Southern dish that left us unimpressed. If you're dying for shrimp and grits, hit brunch at Colonie.Potato Crusted North Carolina Trout
This one is a pretty safe order, but you won't be blown away. The fish is cooked well and has a nice texture, but it also needed some hot sauce to keep us interested.Spiced Duck Breast
The best thing we had all night was probably the "dirty duck fried rice" that comes on this plate. The duck itself was fine too, but that rice had us fighting with forks.