Just as I was starting to feel “old” – with my 30th birthday around the corner – a fave of mine from my post-grad days – Brother Jimmy’s BBQ – opened up a stone’s throw from our apartment in Downtown Stamford.
A mainstay for many Manhattanite twenty-something’s, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ has been serving up North Carolina, slow-smokin’ barbecue for over 20 years. And if the jam-packed establishments aren’t indication enough of their popularity, their growth from one location in Manhattan to 12 locations spread throughout NY, NJ, FL and now CT should be.
I’m sure for many, Brother Jimmy’s down-home Southern feel evokes pleasant memories of carefree college days. For me, it was always a welcomed escape from the daily grind of NYC life. Boasting the motto “Put Some South in Yo’ Mouth!” Brother Jimmy’s quenches thirst with ice-cold beers (ranging from PBR to local brewery Half Full’s Bright Ale,) stomach-churning neon concoctions like Swamp Water, (served in a fishbowl and garnished with a rubber alligator to boot,) and enough whiskey and bourbon to satisfy Blake and Miranda (Shelton and Lambert, that is) for years.
Not to be outdone by their libations, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ serves all the stick-to-your-ribs items one could desire – “Beginnings” such as Frickles, Popcorn Shrimp and Brother Jimmy’s Humongous Nachos are to be followed by classics such as Carolina Pulled Pork (which we indulged in,) Sliced Brisket, BBQ Chicken and Blackened Catfish.
My recommendation: grab a seat at the bar, start with an order of Frickles and a pint of Half Full’s Bright Ale and see where the evening takes you. Enjoy! Brother Jimmy’s BBQ is located at 112 Bedford Street.