There's an art form to the neighborhood restaurant and Walter, who we believe to be this dog*, has got it down pat. Woof.
Walter Foods initially established itself as a 'hood favorite in Williamsburg. After showing the Billyburg locals how it's done, the dog expanded to an area in need of good eats: Fort Greene. Walter's doesn't have an awesome outdoor patio (as featured in last year's Summer Guide) like it's older sibling, but it's drawn up with the exact same blueprint that made it's predecessor so successful: simple, well executed classics, reasonable prices, and a friendly environment where everyone feels at home. The bartender in the bow tie is clearly there all the time. He's on a first name basis with everyone sitting at the bar and is exactly the guy you want to shoot the sh*t with on a random Tuesday night.
Walter's is one of those spots that's "Perfect For" pretty much everything, but generally reserved for occasions which don't take much planning. Like a meal before an event at Barclays, Chronic Brunch on a weekend morning, oysters and a glass of wine before you go out, or a midnight snack. Whatever it may be, Walter will always be there for you when you need him. Man's best friend.
*Probably not Walter.
Food RundownRaw Bar
They've got a nice selection of oysters and a bunch of other stuff (crab, lobster, clams, shrimp) if you want to you to ball out. We've been known to have dinners which only consist of raw bar and multiple bottles of wine, so it's always nice when restaurants have a roster of shellfish on ice.Meatballs
One of the most popular starters at Walter's. These pork and beef balls are plump, in a red sauce and drizzled with some Italian Grana Padano cheese. The flavors are great, but the key is the spice. Somewhere there's some fire. It's not overly hot, but it's just enough heat to make the dish stand out.Kale Salad
It's Brooklyn, everyone has a kale salad. This was a snooze tough. It was as if the kale came straight out of the pre-washed plastic tub from Whole Foods and then into a bowl. Walter's going to have to step up his kale game if it's going to remain on the menu. It's tough on the green streets around these parts.Spicy Fisherman's Stew
We liked this a lot, although it wasn't exactly thick enough to call a stew. It's really a big ass bowl of spicy tomato soup, with a seafood medley. There's plenty of broth, but not enough actual meat. We did get a nice chunk of lobster and a number of shrimp, but could have gone for some more clams, mussels and squid. Regardless, we'd order this again.Bar Steak
A huge skirt steak served with skinny, crisp fries and sides of horseradish and chimichurri sauce for the meat. We've had better steaks before, but this plenty delicious. The sauces and the fries are both excellent and for $19, you get a lot of food. You won't be going home hungry, that's for sure.French Dip
The same one they serve over at Walter Foods. It's absurdly good. A filet mignon, horseradish sauce, and au jus for dunking. A+.