If you like, call it BoCoCa Day.  Last Saturday Paul and I decided to forego our usually weekly trip to Fairway and visit some of the local markets on Court Street (below Atlantic) instead.  

 

Cafe Pedlar

Cafe Pedlar

Our first stop was Cafe Pedlar, the new coffee shop from the owner’s of Frankie’s 457 and Prime Meats.  Everyone’s all excited because they serve Stumptown Coffee, which I’ve never heard of.  We each ordered a cup of brewed coffee and shared a proscuitto and butter sandwich.  The coffee was amazing.  I wasn’t expecting to be able to distinguish it from the Fairway coffee we make at home, but it was definitely different, and better.  The sandwhich unfortunately wasn’t so good.  The brown bread it was served on really overpowered the proscuitto.  The whole thing turned out kind of bland with a very unpleasant texture on top.

 

Jim & Andy Fruit and Produce

Jim & Andy Fruit and Produce

Next up was Jim and Andy’s vegetable stand.  We’d been meaning to go here for years, but this was our first trip.  It was definitely a mom and pop place with lots of unique offerings.  Lots of the produce was fresh, although a few things looked less than fresh.  We found good options to keep us eating dinners all week though.

 

Caputo's Bake Shop

Caputo's Bake Shop

No trip to Cobble Hill (or is it Carroll Gardens?) is complete without a stop at Caputo’s Bake Shop.  They have every kind of bread imaginable and its all baked right there.  Everything I’ve ever gotten there has been well priced and very very good.  One time I could not find a round of pumpernickel bread for my spinach dip to save my life, but they had it, and it was perfectly soft and amazing.  More recently I’ve discovered their lard bread.  I don’t know what lard bread officially is, but it seems to have lots of parmesan cheese and bits of salami in it.  It’s very amazing and very indulgent.

 

D'Amico

D'Amico

Even though we’d already had coffee at Cafe Pedlar, Paul couldn’t resist trying the espresso at D’Amico.  They roast their own beans and we’d heard very good things.  Paul was not disappointed.

 

The Chocolate Room

The Chocolate Room

I usually resist the sweet stuff, but Paul convinced me to have a peanut butter cup from The Chocolate Room on the way home.  I have to say, it was very good.  There was a very high peanut butter to chocolate ratio and the peanut butter was kind of salty, which I thought made it perfect.

After buying all that food for our home we decided to head out to Smith Street for dinner.  We’d been to Char No. 4 for drinks before, but this was our first dinner experience.  We started with the fried cheese curds and pimento dipping sauce.  Very good, but very rich.  I had the scallops over pureed butternut squash.  Paul had the home-made pork sausage with cabbage and roasted apples.  Everything was very good, I would definitely go back.  They have an amazing looking brunch menu too.  (Only thing I wished is that they had more to offer the non-bourbon drinkers.)