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The Dogwood Lands Love From The New York Times

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Dogwood with Chef Ashley Photo via The Dogwood

Since The Dogwood opened its doors at 1021 Church Avenue to the land of Southern food last year, it has quickly developed a following (even a southerner loathe to admit that their home cuisine could be good in New York City has fallen in love with the barbeque sandwich and cornbread) among neighbors – and those trekking from outside our ‘hood.

Now, almost exactly a year after the restaurant opened, The Dogwood, and its chef Ashley Weavil,  has landed a glowing writeup from the New York Times, with the Gray Lady heaping love on the collard greens, cornbread, fried chicken, and more.

The Dogwood Brunch: Chicken & Red Velvet Waffles

From the Times interview with Ashley:

Buttermilk biscuits and fried chicken alike are lashed with honey butter until they verge on dessert. Stout-braised beef ribs intimidate, appearing almost a foot long. (“Six to nine inches,” she demurs.) They present well “if you’re Fred Flintstone,” one of my companions said. Best are the burned ends; the rest is mostly fat and the sticky malingering of molasses.

DogwoodPhoto via The Dogwood

As we’ve been able to enjoy the live bluegrass music on Wednesdays, we can definitely back the reporter’s assessment:

Come on Wednesday, when there is live music, and you may find a bluesman hunched in a corner with a hollow-body and a thumb pick, his voice as rutted as a 78. “I love you, baby,” he half-yodels, scraping up to the high note. “But you got to understand.” Dollar bills curl in a Mason jar. Buy him a drink and as the night drains down let him tell you the story of his life, of every Greyhound bus that led him here.

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Photo via The Dogwood

In related Dogwood news, the restaurant will be offering outdoors dining and other specials during the Church Avenue BID’s sidewalk sales event, which is running from today, Friday, through Sunday.

Congratulations to Ashley and all the hard-working folk at The Dogwood!

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  1. I love Dogwood, and am excited about the review! But they need a fact checker – “low-end stretch of Church Ave.”? What about Lark, Am Thai Bistro, and Nine Chains? And… don’t dogwoods blossom in the spring?

  2. If the CIA – Westminster stretch of Church counts as low-end, I am dying to know what the high end of it is.

  3. I’m glad they got such a nice writeup. I have really liked the food there the couple of times I’ve been. The problem for me is the price–just too high to go more than once or twice a year. It makes the food taste less good. I think that has been a problem for them lately–often when I walk by the dining room is quite empty (compared with Wheated or Am Thai) and I feel bad for them. I think the prices, along with the lack of a full bar, has kept people away to some extent. I saw on their blackboard outside a week or so ago that they were offering a buy one/ get one free appetizer, which made me think to go there again. Several months ago they had a deal on Groupon or Living Social, which I did buy and use. I thought that if they’d lowered their prices and made biscuits should be free with dinner, they’d bet a bump–if there was a way of publicizing it. However, now, with the Times piece, they will probably get more business. So that is good for them.

  4. Agreed. Price is an issue here. I love Southern food, but one of the things I love about it is precisely the fact that it costs very little to do it well. Dogwood’s rent must be really high or something.

  5. the place is a bit overrated. Don’t get me wrong, the mac and cheese is to die for- maybe i’d go more if there was a backyard chill area to get away from the inside congestion. meh.

  6. The food is tasty, the staff is really friendly, and I just love- love- love the bluegrass Wednesdays! It’s another really welcome addition to Caton Park, and to Flatbush in general!

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