When I was pregnant, I used to take the dog out for a walk to McCarren Park at night. I used to walk down Berry and right around North 11th, I’d catch a whiff of barbecue. The scent was amazing but I never cared to investigate where it was coming from. Flash forward a few months, Petra is 6 months old and we’re on a family walk on a chilly weekend morning both Lukasz and I happened to have off together. We were about to head towards our usual to grab lunch, (Teddy’s on North 8th) but I remember the barbecue.
Walking into Mabel’s is like walking into a cozy barn right in the middle of Brooklyn. It was a Sunday morning and actually quite empty. It’s also really big which is something I’ve come to appreciate more and more due to us traveling with a stroller more often than not. Petra has only recently started to sit more comfortable in her high chair so I still like to keep her seated in the stroller which is more supportive than restaurant booster seats and high chairs. For the record though, they do have booster seats available.
Lukasz and I both ordered hot mugs of mulled wine, the perfect drink for basically the entire winter. The menu is full of delicious southern classics! I’m not a big meat eater si ordered the crawfish etouffee with cheesy grits and Lukasz ordered the seeet and savory corn cake, both perfect brunch options. Petra, who is still trying new things little by little had some of my grits and she really loved them! How can she not, it’s corn and cheese. For the most part, she kept herself busy playing with a menu or sitting on our laps and tasting some of our food. It’s getting more and more fun to take her out knowing she can partake in whatever it is we’re doing or eating.
If you’re in the Williamsburg area and looking for some yummy southern comfort food, Mabel’s is a great choice.