Something Fishy in Boerum Hill


102 Smith Street,
With the seeming prevalence of bars that take design cues from their names, you might have to worry about smells when going to a place called Trout. Thankfully, fishy fragrances are the only thing missing from this angler-themed bar in Boerum Hill. An outdoor spot attached to Smith Street diner Gravy, the place is wall-to-wall junkyard kitsch. In a good way. Three sailing dinghies are suspended overhead, and cheerful potted plants, an old Coca-Cola sign, and a rusty bike line a corrugated-steel wall. Lanterns, fishing rods, and red lights would make you feel as though you're at a pier-side juke joint, save for the neighborhood girls with asymmetrical bangs sipping strawberry mojitos ($6). We were told ordering the Brooklyn iced tea (iced tea, honey, and Jameson, $8) was a must but were more impressed by the crisp tang of the Two Jewels (Bombay Sapphire, ruby-red-grapefruit juice, a splash of tonic, and a little lime wedge, $8). The food menu is a nice and simple roundup of back-porch-barbecue fare. We opted for hand-cut fries ($4) and a plate of thick watermelon slices ($2) but regretted being branch-out wimps when the steamed littlenecks with chorizo (market price) arrived at the next table. The crowd got a little fratty toward the end of the night, when the specials wheel, spun every hour, landed on $1 Pabst Blue Ribbons and elicited booming "Hell, yeah!"s. But that was OK; it was time for us to down ours and head out anyway.