by Julie Besonen, 03/06/2013
Photo: Daniel Krieger
354 Metropolitan Ave., 718-963-3404, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Mississippi meets Williamsburg at Fette Sau, a former auto-body repair shop with cement floors, communal tables and a bluesy vibe. The name means "fat pig" in German, but the crowd here is scruffy, skinny and cool. Meat choices change frequently, but you're pretty sure to find multiple variations on barbecued pork and beef. Load your tray with mounds of brisket, hand-pulled Berkshire pork shoulder or house-cured pastrami from a three-day brine, then call it a night. Typical sides like potato salad and baked beans are good enough, but more noteworthy is the wide-ranging bourbon, cider and beer selection.