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Tacos and donuts and bread — oh, my! • Brooklyn Paper

Tacos and donuts and bread — oh, my!

Calexico owner Brian Vendley, here at his cart in Brooklyn Bridge Park — is getting closer to opening his Greenpoint taqueria.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

This week: we’re dreaming of tacos, donuts, and late-night grilled cheese cravings. Chow down:

Taco mania: North Brooklyn residents have been going crazy wondering when the mouth-watering Calexico Food Cart would be opening the brick-and-mortar location on Manhattan Avenue that we first reported in June. Well never fear, Greenpointers, it looks like owners Jesse Vendley and Peter Oleyer are hiring kitchen staff and just might open soon.

Donut connection: It looks like Cobble Hill’s Farmacy is expanding its culinary repertoire northward — all the way to Greenpoint. Eat Brooklyn Food reports that the soda fountain has been offering the Polish hood’s infamous Peter Pan Doughnuts to customers on the weekends, so go get ’em while they’re hot (though they won’t likely be hot)!

Extended hours: Late night craving for a scallion grilled cheese with bacon got you down? Ditmas Park blog reports that The Castello Plan has introduced a new late-night menu featuring the artery-cloggingly delicious sandwich, and a number of smaller dishes and cheeses, until 1 am.

Smashingly delicious: Anyone who’s spent much time in the Midwest will be happy to hear the news: much-beloved chain Smashburger will be opening not one, not two, but three Brooklyn locations next year. No word yet on just where they’ll be, but rest assured that their delicious burgers topped with fried pickles and garlic-fried mushrooms are definitely borough-bound.

The grass is always greener? Nick Morgenstern is leaving General Greene for browner pastures — those of Manhattan to be exact. Grub Street reports that the once-part-owner has sold his share in the Fort Greene stalwart to open up a new restaurant in the Lower East Side. If we were nice, we’d wish him well — but when they cross the river, they’re dead to us.

Soup’s on: The Uncle Louie G window on Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue is now a “gourmet soup” stand. Don’t worry, ice cream fans; Uncle Louie G promises to return in March.

Bread Stuy: Word has it that our favorite bread obsessive, Matthew Tilden, is expanding Scratch Bread and opening up a walk-up window in his new Bed Stuy location, Grub Street reports. No word yet, however, on whether you’ll have to keep a baker’s hours to snatch them before they’re gone.

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