Southerner Feels At Home in N.Y. Restaurant

“Put some South in yo’ mouth” is the theme at the popular New York City restaurant Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, which delivers good ole’ Southern cooking above the Mason-Dixon line.

Established in 1989, Brother Jimmy’s became a regular stop for Atlantic Coast Conference (Duke, North Carolina, etc.) alumni seeking comfort food. With Cajun and Southern dishes filling the menu, any Southerner feels right at home, especially on Wednesday nights — Southern Appreciation Night. That’s when any patron with a Southern state ID or license receives 25 percent off their his or her food bill.

If it is ribs you’re after, Brother Jimmy’s offers three choices daily, all made with St. Louis-style ribs smoked with hickory wood for 5-12 hours. On Sundays , the restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat ribs and beer special, but diners must limit their eating and drinking time to 2 hours max.

Seriously, living in Manhattan for a year, I made Brother Jimmy’s Sunday special a bimonthly event. Although I never challenged the two-hour rule, I usually left for my 10-block walk home before the rib coma set in.

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, which has multiple locations in Manhattan, offers an extensive creative drink menu that rivals any French Quarter watering hole. It also has a list of appetizers that mostly resembles what you would see in Southeastern Conference states rather than in Manhattan. None is more familiar than Fried Green Tomatoes, a Brother Jimmy’s specialty. So, if you are ever in New York City and feeling homesick, try Brother Jimmy’s. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Staying true to our Southern heritage, I offer you a family recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes.