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January 18, 2021
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Food + Drink

Sandwich Explosion on Court

By Lisa M. Collins
Court Street at 1st Place, site of Vinzees Soda Fountain and burgers. Will it ever open?
Photo by Joshua Kristal

Beware the invasion of burgers and sandwiches to South Brooklyn.

First we had a fine and lovely addition to Court with the Van Horn Sandwich Shop, at Baltic, a cafe serving delicious pulled pork, fried chicken and catfish sandwiches among other critically-endorsed Southern-inspired foods, not to mention a stylish and laid back bar. Now there’s construction on three storefronts between Degraw and Wyckoff: Five Guys Burgers, Moo Burgers, Vinzees burgers and soda fountain, at Court and 1st Place (will it ever open?) and a new falafel place at the dead-end of Wyckoff. I don’t even know what to say. Five Guys is the closest thing to a fast food joint we’ll have here–it’s a national chain that boasts selling 350,000 zero-trans-fats burgers every day. Hmm, or harumff.

One thing I have forgotten to mention is a recent visit to JBs Burger on Smith, the burger/hot-dog cafe opened by award-winning French chef Jean-Jacques Bernat, of Provence en Boite. Bernat is the former head of pastry at Citarella, and at Provence en Boite features all manner of French delights from gorgeous pastries and tarts to breads and croissants and poached eggs at brunch whose whites bear a resemblance to a whipped puff with a slight lemon hint of flavor.

I thought JBs Burger odd, and it is always empty when I pass by. But after dipping in one day with a hungry child, I’m a fan. It’s an ideal place for a date with your child. The burgers and hot dogs are truly delicious, and the place is so quiet and chill. My daughter had a delicious $3.50 meal of fries and beef hot dog on a homemade bun (fabulous bun, firm, toasted, memorable). Bernat is no joke, the man knows how to make desserts and French breads, and clearly has a love of dogs and burgers as well. The menu features many $10 burgers, including veggie and salmon.

Check it out.

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