On February 19th, 2013, Williamsburg will be a little bit more Southern with the arrival of Sweet Chick, a creation from restaurateurs John Seymour and Sam Saleh. I attended the restaurant’s preview dinner to try their fried food-filled menu and got the chance to chow down on chicken & waffles, mac & cheese, and double chocolate pudding.
Sweet Chick exudes a warm, comforting feel to match the cuisine, with communal picnic tables, exposed beams, and reclaimed wood paneling on the walls. A bit like a little farmhouse. Definitely somewhere to stay a while. So here are a few of my faves from the menu: I’m a fan of the Mac & Cheese, made with conchigliette bubbling with gruyere, aged white cheddar, and fontina cheeses under a buttery Ritz Cracker crust. The waffles are also worth trying, served with or without the fried chicken. Sweet Chick offered a non-meat fried chicken for the veggies in the room, which could have been mistaken for the real thing. The Kale BLT Salad was another fan favorite, with preserved lemon vinaigrette– a play on the BLT sandwich.
They did up the dessert too– offering cheesecake, chocolate pudding, pecan pie, and cookies for each guest. The creamy chocolate pudding was my pick– served in a jar with a layer of rich chocolate cake at the bottom, vanilla bean whipped cream on top, and crisp homemade graham crackers on the side. DROOL.
Do not bypass the bar when you dine at Sweet Chick. The cocktail menu is one of their best features, especially the SweetChick martini (made with house-infused watermelon vodka).
Sweet Chick will be open daily for dinner and the bar will open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Stay tuned for brunch– it’s in the works!