Smorgasburg is a foodie’s dream. It takes place every Saturday at the Williamsburg waterfront and includes on average 20 farmers, packaged and prepared foods, purveyors from the area, and other food-related vendors. I was mainly there to check out the food and drink prepared on the premises, but I did a full circle and made sure to hit up every booth. My only complaint about Smorgasburg is that it is a bit overwhelming; I wasn’t sure where to start and I wasn’t sure who was there. I wanted to come up with a food attack plan! So my only request is that there be a board or maybe a piece of paper to provide a little direction and a run-down of the day’s participating vendors. With that said, I would say that Smorgasburg is perfect – perfect in theory and (practically) perfect in actuality. The products are inventive, fresh, varied and just all around delicious, and you’re not going to go broke trying to have a little of everything! As much as I sometimes hate to admit it, this is exactly why I love Williamsburg; it has the demographic and community to support something as great as this!
Everything we ordered was about $3-$6
Sparkling Jalapeño Lemonade and Sparkling Strawberry Lavender Mojito ($3 each): I’m obsessed with anything jalapeño right now and this lemonade did not disappoint. It was really refreshing with a nice bite to it! My friend (pictured above) had the strawberry lavender mojito, which she was a fan of too!
Grapefruit and Basil Soda from Brooklyn Soda Works: This might be one of the best (non-alcoholic) drinks I’ve ever had! Obviously you have to like grapefruit and basil, but if you do this is an amazing combination. If you get one drink while you’re at Smorgasburg, Brooklyn Soda Works is the place to stop!
Grilled Bacon Skewer from Landhaus ($2): So simple and yet so fucking delicious! Yes, an expletive is required for describing how awesome this piece of bacon is. Cooked in maple syrup and pimenton, this is the thickest, juiciest, most flavorful slab of bacon I’ve ever eaten. The fat just melted in your mouth. My friend and I both agreed it was the best thing we tried all day!
Papusa from Solber Papusas ($4): This is a Salvadorian snack consisting of a grilled corn patty stuffed with pork, cheese, and jalapeños (they come in a variety of meats and can be ordered vegetarian). They are topped with pickled onions, cabbage, sour cream, a tomato sauce/salsa and jalapeños. I anticipated that I was going to like this a lot more. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but what made the papusa was the sour cream and jalapeños. The corn patty was sort of grainy and the cheese had coagulated because they pre-cook the papusas and keep them in containers until they are served. I imagine if we had gotten this hot off the grill it would have tasted better. Side note: They were filming Solber Papusas for the Spanish Food Network while we were in line. Make sure to keep an eye out! I imagine there will now be a great shot of my ass roaming the TV world.
Pork Cheek Slider from Hecho en Dumbo: This was standard and delicious. It had a moderately spicy, avocado based sauce on top. I’d eat it again.
Slider from Dumont Burger: Now I don’t really like sliders. I usually feel like there is too much bread for the proportion of burger that is present, but this slider is different! It came with fresh cheddar atop a perfectly medium cooked little burger that was more meat than bread. This was probably my second favorite dish of the day and definitely the best slider I’ve had in awhile or possibly ever.
Beef Jerky: Loved the different varieties of beef jerky from SlantShack Jerky. It is 100% grass-fed beef jerky made from all-natural ingredients. My favorite was the hot and smoky beef with maple syrup glaze and garlic powder – the garlic really made it pop!
Next Time: When we first got to Smorgasburg, I saw people walking around with what I thought looked like the best sandwich ever. Once I figured out where these sandwiches were coming from, my friend and I stood in line only to get to the front and find out they were out of Cemitas, a multi-layered Pueblan sandwich. Here is the drawn out picture of what this sandwich looks like. Tell me this doesn’t sound amazing! Next time this is a must. I also saw some awesome looking pork ribs that came from an unassuming vendor without a name. I will be returning on a search of that, as well!
Smorgasburg: 27 North 6 Street, Brooklyn, NY ($)