A perennial brunch favorite, (their pancakes have won more awards than some Olympic athletes!), Clinton Street Baking Co. continues to hit Southern-style comfort food out of the park thanks to their focus on simple and flavorful American dishes. But it's not all batter and syrup at this darling of a LES spot: their lunch and dinner menus have savory standouts that give their all-day breakfast items a run for their money.
Take their Fried Green Tomatoes ($7). Served with a slightly spicy yet cooling jalapeno-sour cream dip, this side dish is worth every dollar thanks to its crusty, cornmeal crust—expertly fried and dusted with chives—and fresh-tasting tomatoes that have ample acidity to cut against the grease for bite after bite of crunchy, salty, juicy joy.
A tip: Avoid the legendary lines and swing by for a late lunch one weekday. You are almost guaranteed a table and can linger without the eyes of hungry, queued up patrons staring the clock—and you!—down.