230 5th Ave, Brooklyn 11215
(At President St)
We are back to where it all began! Dizzy’s! My first ever post and review at a time when my photography skills were still just in their infancy. I figured I should return once again to one of my favorite brunch spots to try something new and to post some better photographs of Dizzy’s delicious comfort foods.
Buttermilk Biscuit and Sausage Gravy: Thick, rich, creamy, and peppery goodness is one way to describe this gravy. With an abundant amount of sausage bits, this gravy on its own just hits the spot! It’s so good that you almost forget the fact that you also have this wonderful warm and buttery buttermilk biscuit to go along with the gravy, not to mention the fact that we also threw in a nice little sunny side up egg in there as well. You know how much I love combining different things on my plate so I won’t have to tell you twice how good that biscuit becomes once it’s smothered in that amazing gravy and topped off with a little of that golden egg yolk. Do yourself a favor and have the Buttermilk Biscuit and Sausage Gravy at Dizzy’s. You will not regret it!
Otis Sandwich: I’m always in search of some kind of new and tasty breakfast sandwich so when I spotted the Otis I knew I had to try it. The fact that this was a somewhat healthy sandwich persuaded me even further to give it a shot. Breaking down this sandwich you’ve got a spinach wrap filled with egg whites, veggie sausage, avocado, and pepper jack cheese. I am always a little hesitant when it comes veggie sausage because some try too hard to imitate their meat counterpart and end up tasting synthetic and with an odd texture. These veggie sausages were just fantastic and full of flavor! If I didn’t know any better I would probably think these were meat sausages. With the light spicy kick of the pepper jack cheese combined with the creamy avocado, you practically forget that somewhere hidden underneath all of that are those boring healthy egg whites. Not only was the Otis very tasty but it’s actually quite healthy and I’m pretty sure it would still be delicious if you decided to be even healthier by skipping on the cheese.
I’m really glad to see that Dizzy’s is thriving at their second location but then again I am not surprised since the original Dizzy’s is always packed and packed for a good reason. Although I prefer their brunch slightly more than their dinners, the food at Dizzy’s has always sent me home with a very full and satisfied belly.
Dinner at Dizzy’s
So clearly I could not stay away from Dizzy’s for very long. I have been constantly eating brunch at Dizzy’s so I was curious to find out what kind of goodies they had for dinner. So let’s get right to it, shall we!
BBQ Ribs: We started things off with an appetizer of BBQ Ribs. Right away I was pretty certain that I would enjoy these ribs because I prefer saucy ribs as opposed to dry rub ribs. It didn’t take long to confirm my thoughts. The ribs were great! They were very soft and tender, covered in a sweet yet slightly tangy BBQ sauce. I could be wrong but for some reason I thought there was a slight sprinkle of parmesan cheese on these ribs. All in all they were quite tasty but because this was only an appetizer, the portion was small. I would gladly vote to make these ribs into an entree.
Fried Chicken: It’s very difficult for me to pass up on fried chicken when I see it on the menu. I’ve had fried chicken in many places. Some good and some not so good so of course I needed to know how Dizzy’s chicken stood up to the rest. The chicken was served with a small portion of cheesy grits as well as a portion of buttered peas and carrots. The chicken looked very crispy and I definitely like that. I took my first bite from a piece of wing and let me tell you the chicken had some serious crunch to it. The skin was crisp and flavorful however I was then quickly disappointed because once I got passed the crust, the meat itself was lacking any flavor. I think a good fried chicken consists of great flavor not only on the outside but most certainly cooked deep into the meat as well. So Dizzy’s fried chicken was ok. It wasn’t great though. As for the cheesy grits and veggies: ehhhh. No matter! Like I always say you cannot judge a place by a single dish and I knew we had more stuff on the way.
Tofu Curry: All I can say about this is: solid. A good healthy alternative. Not really spicy yet sweet from the cooked peppers. I’ve had better curry of course but I could easily see myself ordering this dish at Dizzy’s.
Pulled Pork Sandwich: Mmmm! Sweet, delicious, tender pulled pork in a wonderful sweet broth. Piled high with a crisp and tasty layer of slaw. Alongside the sandwich were some of the best hush puppies I’ve ever had. Thumbs up for this dish!
Chocolate Cake: Obviously I need to have dessert! I’ve had pies at Dizzy’s before and they were ok so this time opted for the chocolate cake instead. That turned out to be a great call! This cake was super moist and very rich and chocolatey. Fresh and delicious, especially with a nice cup of Dizzy’s excellent coffee.
Well as you can see I wasn’t thrilled about every single thing we had but so what! Not everything has to always be super fantastic to make a place great. The ribs and the pulled pork sandwich will definitely make me come back for dinner or just to stop by for a slice of that awesome chocolate cake with a cup of coffee.
230 5th Ave (Corner of President Street)
Dizzy’s has always been one of my favorite brunch spots in Park Slope ever since I moved here years ago. I was thrilled to learn that they would be opening up a second location just a few blocks away from me on 5th Ave. To me, Dizzy’s has always felt like a classic diner except for the fact their menu is smaller and the food is just so much tastier than the average diner but enough about that. Let’s talk about the food!
We sat down and placed our order. I ordered the Italian Eggs. My friend got the Biscuits and Gravy and his wife had the waffles. She also ordered a Bloody Mary to start. While waiting for our food we munched on the mini blueberry muffins and scones. They were tasty but one thing I always love is a warm bread basket which is not what we had. We also ordered 2 cups of coffee. Now a big plus for me and my friend is when a restaurant carries heavy cream as an option for coffee and Dizzy’s came through in that department. I have to say that their coffee was great! Creamy, thick, and with a slight roasty kick. I had 2 cups. One thing I hate is watery burnt coffee so at the very least I would come back to Dizzy’s just to have a cup of coffee. I then decided to have a taste of my friend’s Bloody Mary since I’m definitely a fan of those as well. I really was not expecting anything great but to my surprise it was a really solid Bloody Mary. Yes it could have been a bit more spicy but not everyone likes flaming hot flavor as much as I do. And now for the main dish breakdown.
Italian Eggs: So one of my favorite dishes at Dizzy’s are the Italian Eggs. Two poached eggs on top of soft crouton sized focaccia bits sprinkled with some shaved parmesan cheese and olive oil. I am a huge fan of poached eggs. My definition of a perfectly prepared poached egg is when the yolk is semi firm and semi liquid. Sometimes Dizzy’s pulls this off and sometimes not but it’s definitely not a deal breaker. A perfect bite includes a bit of egg, a piece of focaccia, and some bits of parmesan which when you combine all 3 together you get a warm, zesty, and creamy mini egg sandwich. The hint of virgin olive oil adds a nice slight tang as well.
Buttermilk Biscuit and Sausage Gravy: I love a good biscuits and gravy! I mean who doesn’t?! Only the insane and deranged I assume. Often times I find that biscuits and gravy is not a very aesthetically pleasing dish. I mean have a look at the photo, it basically looks like someone barfed on a plate. Pretty or not, I must say that Dizzy’s makes a pretty damn good biscuits and gravy. They also managed to hide some eggs under there somewhere. They gravy is thick and rich with nice bits of sausage in it. It’s full of flavor and has a definite peppery kick to it. The biscuit was buttery soft. Once again it is crucial to get that perfect combo bite of eggs, biscuit, and gravy in order to fully appreciate this dish. I would definitely put this into my Top 3 Biscuits and Gravy Category.
Waffles: Waffles bore me to tears with the exception of one place so far and that place is Buttermilk Channel but that’s something we will leave for another day. What can I say, the waffles were ok but they were definitely not anything I would alert the media about. Like I said though, I am rarely tantalized by waffles so judge for yourself.
And there you have it folks! My quick rundown on brunch at Dizzy’s. Still one of my favorite spots in the hood. I will definitely be back once the crazy lines of strollers are a bit more tame.