You might have thought that Williamsburg pretty much had it all as far as regional southern cooking goes. Not so, according to Louisville expat Meghan Love, who along with her Oklahoma-born artist husband Jeff Lutonsky opens Mables Smokehouse and Banquet Hall on Tuesday. There wasnt a place in our neighborhood to find the food we grew up eating, says Love. That food borracho beans, Rotel-Velveeta dip, Luzianne sweet tea, hot links imported from Schwabs in Oklahoma City, pulled-pork tamales, and, of course, pie makes its debut in a suitably honky-tonk setting that the couple built themselves.
Love, who used to shake cocktails in some of Manhattans finest restaurants, says her personal approach to bartending is relatively streamlined. We have three vodkas, two gins. Our bourbon selection will be big, but nothing artisanal thats for damn sure. The joint is named after Lutonskys grandmother (always a good sign), and shes the one to thank for many of the recipes, including a barbecue sauce so closely guarded Lutonsky insists that kitchen staffers sign a confidentiality agreement. Click through for a look at the space and the menu.
Mable's Smokehouse Menu [PDF]
Mable's, 44 Berry St., entrance on N. 11th St., Williamsburg; 718-218-6655