The Trash Bar 256 Grand St.

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by LLI

I don’t know if this review should be under Tucker or Trucker!

HA!

You think I jest you with this riddle, but “no!” you noble laureate I speak the truth!

The Trash Bar is actually filled up with tons and tons of real truck seats! They also have car seats, one seaters (the bucket) as well as the 3-seater (known as the bench seat) lining all the walls of the place. It’s great! I often go around and sit in the different styles of seats and re-live the glory days of my youth when I would be picked up and ported around town for free by my parents and my friends’ parents. I mean how cool were those days! We didn’t even know. Now-a-days it’s black cars or cabs that cost $$ and don’t have as cool seats.

Trash Bar also has lots of other things like a pool table, live bands and top shelf liquor. But don’t get too carried away and thinking you’re at the ritz, because around 10:00 pm, the fryer comes on and the tater tots come out! Along with a many other fine bar food selections. The smell stays with you so, if you just got a hot blow-out I suggest either some dry shampoo or perfume spray or another bar. Same advice goes for guys, if you are trying to tie one on and then make a bootie call and hit it with your lady of the evening, she may not wanna nuzzle you neck when you smell like you just got off shift at Micky-D’s. No offense to the place or the offerings of the fryer. I am just giving ya’ll the 411.

Trash Bar is great spot to go on those days when you miss driving and want to grub on greasy food and imbibe in some cocktails. Definitely an all are welcome spot. If you are feeling swankier, want to avoid the greasy post trash hook-up or even just want to rock your trucker hat to a fancier location head across the street to Larry Lawrence to get your Martini on! I am a fan of both places and find that generally anything on South Grand street is vibeing. More reviews to come. Please stand-by.

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Grand Morelos Diner & Bakery

their guacamole. also good... picture...not so good...

by DJW

While I still yearn for the days with this was called “Grand Morelos Bakery & Dinner”, I understand that even a gorgeously tacky 24 hour Mexican eatery has to grow up with the gentrification of the neighbourhood.

No matter how they have changed the decor, signs and take-out bags, one important thing remains the same: the food.

Delicious, cheap and real Mexican. You just can never go wrong with that.

Now, I will warn you, I have yet to make my way through the whole menu, and I keep far, far away from anything Tex-Mex, as well as anything plain-old American.

Why? Because I come to this place to eat real Mexican food. I wholly recommend the chilaquiles, tacos, tostadas, burritos, sopas, cemitas and the tortas (Mexican sandwiches)… Also good are some of the platters, but really, you can’t go wrong spending anywhere from a whopping $2.50 (tacos) to $3.50 (burritos). For me, the chilaquiles are enough to feed two people, and they’re around $7.95. Their hot sauce is also to die for…

What to keep away from? Well, I’m a food snob, so while I’ll eat their french fries (it’s an illness…) because I find them especially delicious dipped into the fabulous electric green hot sauce, I steer clear of the burgers and also the nachos. I never ordered the nachos, but have had friends do it and regret it…they’re not horrible, per se, but I think I can do without the culinary sensation of sliced American cheese on nachos.

The prices really haven’t changed much in the past eight years (and hopefully they’ll continue to stay in the I’m bloody broke but I can afford to eat here range), so it’s really affordable to pick up something, or stay in and eat. And, in this economy, it’s always great to have somewhere you can actually afford, aside from the local soup kitchen.

It’s also open 24 hours, which is a godsend for all you drunken boozers stumbling home in need of sustenance before counting your sheep. I’ve been there at 4.30am, being bought beers by a bunch of Mexicans. And they were way more polite and gentlemanly about it than any other man that eve. Of course, that’s not the reason to go there after the bar closes. No, you go there to eat some delicious food before bed.

Oh, and while I have not partaken of their breakfast menu (I’m sorry, but I love me a morning tostada), I must say their coffee is delicious, cheap and strong. Perfect for battling the morning after hangovers.

If you want great Mexican food at recession prices, then check this place out.

Grand Morelos Diner & Bakery, 727 Grand St, Brooklyn, Between Graham Ave & Humboldt St

The Neil Diamond Seal of Approval? 4.5 out of 5 stars.