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Brunch at Back Forty

Posted on | March 18, 2010 | 2 Comments

Back Forty Brunch MenuSo I’m sitting (drinking) at my local watering hole (7B) a few Sundays ago, minding my own business & a friend asks me if I wanted to go to brunch.  I said no, because I was more interested in getting hammered, but then he uttered 3 magical words; Pork Jowl Nuggets.  Needless to say, moments later 4 of us were running down Avenue B towards Back Forty.

Bourbon @ Back FortyIt was a really nice day outside & the place was packed, but we didn’t have to wait that long for a window-side table right by the front door.  Our server was perhaps the most enthusiastic waiter that I’ve ever encountered.  You could tell that he just loved food & really believed in what they were serving there…  Obviously we started with drinks (I double-fisted) while we looked through the rather brief menu.  Just classics here & I could have ordered & been happy with any of the items.

Pork Jowl Nuggets @ Back FortyPork Jowl Nuggets
Amazing, really damn amazing!  I had expected some McJowl sized nugget, but these were small, tender, moist & flavorful, that must have been one happy pig!  It was served with a spicy & tangy sauce.

Sweet Potato Pancakes @ Back FortySweet Potato Pancakes
Sweet Potato Pancakes with Sour Cream & Chives.  Sweet potatoes make everything better!  It was a savory-sweet dish but my mind was still reeling from the nuggets.



Chicken & Waffles @ Back FortyChicken & Waffles
Ever since going to Roscoe’s in LA, I’ve been a fan of this combination.  Again, savory-sweet (I added plenty of syrup).  The buttermilk fried chicken made this dish & the portions were massive.

House Smoked Trout @ Back FortyHouse Smoked Trout
I respect any restaurant that does their own smoking & I don’t get a chance to eat smoked fish that often, so this dish was a win-win.  Served with sweet potato pancakes & a salad.  There was a nice smokey flavor that wasn’t too overpowering.

Some of the other dishes that we ordered were the Ham & Eggs and the Sausage, Egg & Grits.  Both good in their own respect.

Booze Selection @ Back FortyBy now the brunch service had ended & we were the only customers left.  In a further show of ‘awesomeness’, the staff let us stick around at the the bar while they prepared for dinner (Bourbon selection = Amazing!).  Needless to say, I really enjoyed my meal at Back Forty & I recommend that you try it out for yourself!

Further coverage of Back Forty here.

Back Forty: 190 Avenue B @ 12th Street

Back Forty on Urbanspoon


2 Responses to “Brunch at Back Forty”

  1. Back Forty « East Village Eats
    September 1st, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

    […] Posted on September 1, 2010 by EV Eats I reviewed the brunch at Back Forty (190 Avenue B @ 12th Street) back in March, so I decided that it was time for me to […]

  2. JoeDoe « East Village Eats
    September 29th, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    […] of bacon served there; Face (jowl), Shoulder & Belly.  If you’ve read my reviews of Back Forty, you’ll know that I love Pork Jowl, so I opted for the Face Bacon Benedict ($12) with […]

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