This weekend, I had the pleasure of enjoying brunch at Mama Joy’s, a newly-opened Bushwick restaurant and bar featuring Southern food and drink. If you’re in Brooklyn and looking for hushpuppies, grits and/or bourbon, I just tipped you off to your new favorite place. You’re welcome.
My friend Laura, whom I know from the weekly writing group I belong to, and her husband Chad have spent the past year-and-a-half bringing Mama Joy’s to the community, so to hop on the subway and walk through the front door was so exciting. It always makes me happy to see a great idea manifested—even better when it’s already popular with the locals.
The name Mama Joy’s comes from Laura’s grandmother, “the quintessential Southern hostess,” and the cuisine definitely fills in a missing piece of the area’s culinary offerings. Here’s a sampling of the seasonal menu , and for more about the menu and the space, check out this great review on Bushwick Daily.