Smith Street Dining
by Julie Besonen, 10/22/2013
Passion Fruit and Tres Amos cocktails. Photo: Will Steacy
241 Smith St., 718-488-0777, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Jolie Cantina has a split personality—but it's not schizophrenic. The Mexican-French hybrid is balanced when it comes to duck confit enchiladas, moules frites with chorizo-chipotle sauce and a barman named Pierre who mixes good margaritas. Vintage posters celebrate both French and Mexican cinema; the wallpaper is bilingual, splashed with "Oui!" and "¿Por Que No?" Lest you fear it might be too bizarre for kids, there are unadulterated chicken fingers and burgers with hand-cut fries on the under-12 menu. Adults, take note of happy hour specials like a drink and taco combo for $9, plus free chips and salsa; and Tuesday through Thursday, look for $1 oysters (fried or fresh) and $10 carafes of wine. It's also wise to come at brunch since the eggs are organic and it's generally not as crowded as other spots on Smith Street.