I am continually on the hunt for a good brunch spot. One of the places that I have to mention is Shopsin’s General Store. It is in the Essex Market. I kept looking outside of it, walking up and down the street to no avail and finally figured out that you have to go inside and past the meat market to find this tiny little place full of vulgarity and the most delicious food you will ever encounter.
The menu has about 8 million items and it is very difficult to choose one meal. It is family owned and family run and if you adore spicy food, like I do, get a little kick by ordering an item with “hatch,” which is apparently a green chili. Also, another delicious item comes from “The Petes” section of the menu, called the “Repete.” Prepare to enter into pig heaven. Also, if you are a vegetarian (I only pay attention to this now because my husband became one about two years ago), there is plenty of food for you. Beware, you will get scorned for being one, but there are many items to choose from and you’ll still be enchanted by deliciousness.
Fair warning, be prepared to wait a long time if you go during the weekend. It has a much more relaxed atmosphere during the week. Shopsin’s only has room for 8-9 people in its restaurant and a few more chairs outside. It is known for having hour long lines filled with people waiting outside just to get yelled at while eating. Bon appetite!