Breakfast? Good choice.
My Cousin Vinny is a special movie to me. It’s one of the movies I actually own on DVD. I only purchase DVD’s of a movie when I know I will watch the film again and again and again…Some day I will give you the full list (which includes 7 seasons of the X-Files).
Also, I kinda love the white streaks in Marissa Tomei’s hair. A lot.
At one point, I got really good at imitating her character, Mona Lisa Vito: Oh you smooooth tawker. You ahhh….
But I digress.
Vinny and Mona Lisa’s discovery of grits in a sleepy Alabama cafe is one of the best-played scenes in this movie and always has me laughing, especially when Vinny literally puts one single grit on his fork and Mona Lisa pulls out her 1980’s pink camera to document the novelty of it all. But you should watch it for yourself, via this very shady video I found on youtube:
So I know you’ve heard of grits. But have you ever SEEN a grit before? And would you know where to get some good ones if you wanted them?
Of course I have a suggestion, a Vinny and Mona Lisa approved suggestion: Egg in Brooklyn. These days Vinny and Mona Lisa would stand out in Williamsburg quite as much as they did in Alabama, but I think they would make the trip for the food.
I did this past Sunday and feasted on their Eggs and Grits platter (with sweeeeeet, sweet bacon):
As the short order cook from the video suggested, these are hominy grits, made from corn. A simple concoction made no less tasty because of its simplicity. I think the secret ingredient is butter. And love. But sometimes I get those two words confused. Like when I tell people, “I butter you.” Everyone gets confused.
But these grits were just the right amount of buttered. Not greasy as all, but whipped up into an impressively light and airy pile of lightly salted creaminess. However, there was no cream added. That is the magic of grits – they have a creamy texture, but all that is added is water and seasonings. It’s like the Southern corn version of risotto.
Along with my corn risotto, I ordered eggs (over medium style) and sweet bacon. I made some sweet bacon a while back on the blog, but Egg’s is truly something special: thickly cut strips of locally sourced pork bacon made just slightly gooey with sweetness. A must order.
In addition to the down home goodness of their food, the tables come accessorized with these:
Do you have any idea what happens when I spot crayons at the table? Here’s a glimpse:
* Pirate scene not created by me.
Also, I try to steal other crayon colors from adjacent tables.
So streak your hair, dress up in leather and get yourself to Egg for their grits and sweet bacon. You’ll butter it. And take a picture, it’ll last longer.
Overall Grit Eating Experience: The Big Lebowski – The Cult Classic
135 North 5th Street, Brooklyn New York 11211
phone: (718) 302 5151