Over our past couple months in Park Slope, Anthony and I have been slowly eating our way through various baba ganoushes in the area. First, Anthony brought home a take out container from Pita Pan. We hovered around the kitchen counter one night, savoring the remnants of dip sparkling with drops of olive oil. This baba ganoush was invitingly earthy, with subtle kicks of spicy-sweet garlic. It was, how shall I say, lickable.
Olive Vine: We had this baba ganoush tonight. I’ve eaten at Olive and Vine before, and despite the delicious smells wafting out the door, the pizza was not spectacular. Their baba ganoush was listless: too salty and not at all smoky.
Both Anthony and I bought the abysmal Sabra baba ganoush from Key Foods. It was a pale cream color, and tasted sticky and bland. Disgusted, I checked the ingredients: the first or second one listed was mayonnaise. I threw my box out, knowing I would never feel the urge to eat it again.
We’ll continue on our baba ganoush investigations, and report here in The Baba Ganoush Bulletin, no. 2.
Pita Pan: $4; @ 167 seventh ave., at 1st street, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 832-3876
Olive Vine: $4; @ 54 seventh ave., between St. Johns and Lincoln, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 622-2626
Related post: Lentil soup and pizza at Olive Vine Cafe.