FOOD: Tchoup Shop (Inside Brooklyn’s d.b.a.)

An authentic foodie might not ever tell you to go to a beer haven to eat, and they certainly wouldn’t insist on it.  But I have a few friends who fall into this category, and I was happily surprised to find no exaggeration in their endorsement of Tchoup Shop – chef Simon Glenn’s Creole cuisine pop-up inside the Brooklyn branch of d.b.a.

The literally hundreds of beers both bottled and on tap is certainly reason enough to check out the sizeable d.b.a., which also has a backyard patio with tables and umbrellas.  I had no idea however, that Tchoup Shop (pronounced “chop” – named after Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans) was inside.

The weekends-only offering features an ever-changing menu of Nola specialties like po-boys and gumbo that seem to have been shipped directly from the Crescent City (I can say that as I vacation there twice a year & consider it my second home).  Glenn melds the traditional with a bit of a twist in creations like the soft-shelled crab & brisket sliders that graced the menu a few weeks ago.  This past weekend, the menu maintained its rich highlights for the opening week of football, and while the Saints played their first game, the fans who absolutely packed the place enjoyed delicacies like the duck confit with apricot mustard & pecan butter on pumpernickel sandwich, or the perfectly spicy crawfish maque choux, or the slow-roasted pulled pork biscuit with fried egg (I could go on).

Because the menu changes weekly, some (very smart) groups of friends order the whole menu so as not to miss out on any of these unique delights.  Service starts at 2pm (1pm on Sundays now that football has started), and runs until 8pm “or until the food sells out” – which it often does.

Tchoup Shop / d.b.a. Brooklyn
113 N. 7th St.
b/w Berry & Wythe