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All Things Brooklyn – Brooklyn Sting: More Than Just Burgers at Flipsters

Posted Monday, November 10th, 2008 at 3:00 pm by Julie in Cultural Bees. More in 11215

Now that the election is over, we can get back to talking about the really important issue—food! In the month since I moved to Brooklyn, I’ve visited Flipsters twice, both times with friends who were big fans. It’s easy to see why this good-natured bar and grill in Park Slope become part of my friends’ restaurant repertoire.

Although Flipsters is known mostly for its burgers (and rightly so), on my first visit my friends and I went in a different direction. I ordered a spinach and artichoke dip as my main course, while Hils & Justine wisely decided to split a spinach dip along with their Cobb salads. The spinach dip was covered in a thick layer of mozzarella cheese and served with greasy tortilla chips. After only a few bites, I felt like I was oozing oil. The spinach dip was only edible after removing the thick layer of cheese, but there was nothing we could do to improve the tortilla chips. Fortunately, the girls let me share their giant Cobb salads, the perfect antidote to all that grease. Usually burger joints don’t have such good salads, but the Cobb salad at Flipsters is excellent.

Flipsters offers a $12 combo with several of their burgers, which includes a side and a soda. On my second visit, I chose the combo of mini burgers with garlic and pesto fries. Instead of a small portion sharing a plate with my burgers, I received a generous basket of fries. The pesto fries were such a popular choice at my table of ten that we had more than we knew what to do with. Looking back, we wished we’d ordered one each of the cheese fries, shoe string fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, waffle fries, and steak fries, and shared.

One of the things that impresses me most about Flipsters is the choice of cheeses for your burger. In addition to the usual suspects of American, cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, and provolone, Flipsters also offers blue cheese and goat cheese for the same price. My three mini burgers were topped with goat cheese, caramelized onions and aioli mayo and disappeared quickly.

Actually, most of the food at my table of ten disappeared quickly. The turkey burger, Caesar salad, and Burger Surprise with blue cheese and bacon earned raves. The only exception was the chicken tenders, but perhaps that’s because they arrived ten minutes after everyone else’s dinners.

Service at Flipsters seems to be either too attentive or not attentive enough. Our server didn’t even realize the chicken tenders were missing, but we’ll chalk that up to an unexpectedly busy election night. During my first visit, our server stayed to chat at our table a bit too long and a bit too often, when all I really wanted to do was catch up with my girlfriends. It’s a fine line to walk, but good servers know how to strike a balance between being friendly and working too hard for a tip.

Flipsters shares a corner with the 7th Avenue F-train entrance. The tin ceilings and exposed brick give it a warm, retro vibe. With TVs throughout, it’s a great place to watch a football game, but the tables in the back only have a view of the kitchen. I’ll definitely be going back to Flipsters, and next time I’ll try the bison burger—or maybe the salmon burger.

Flipsters // 440 9th Street, Brooklyn, 11215 // F train to 7th Avenue // P: 718-832-5500

[Photo of Flipsters from Blondie and Brownie.]

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