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Ditch Plains – Plate 88
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Ditch Plains – Plate 88

Florie and Thomas were such troopers to come in for brunch in the city today; it must have been below zero outside. I took a cab to get to Ditch Plains half an hour earlier than it opened because A) I was fa reezing, B) I thought I was late, C) there’s no really good way to get to west village from the lower east side on the subway and D) sometimes it’s just nice to take a cab. When I got there, they weren’t open yet, so I walked around to three other places looking for a place to sit and open my computer – nothing. Closest Starbucks was about eight blocks away. I went back and they let me in to set up before opening. Nice people.

Florie is a chocoholic, so she was down with our dessert order. It’s fun to have a partner in crime for breakfast dessserts. Thomas didn’t shrink from the challenge, either – even though he was under the weather, he still took down a good amount of the meal and manned up on dessert. As you can see in the video, they’re both French, and have great sensibilities when it comes to food.

Clam Chowder - BeforeClam Chowder – Before

When this clam chowder was the first thing on the table, I thought to myself, “Come on, Marc. What are you doing?” When I saw it, I asked for some garnishes before our waiter left the table.

Clam Chowder - AfterClam Chowder – After

Ahh, that’s better. Florie was amused by this and took a picture of me styling my food (pic). I’m getting to be a bit of a snob about the way my food looks, especially in the morning. The light is always the best at breakfast, and to waste it is just a sin. There was no way I was letting them get away with sullying this excellent chowder with that horrible initial picture.

Yes, the chowder was glorious. It had more thick, smoky bacon in it than clams, but I wasn’t complaining about that. We did have a conversation after about how it didn’t mention the bacon in the clam chowder, but I guess if you’re a vegetarian, you’d ask this kind of thing. Which of us gentile omnivores doesn’t like a little surprise bacon in their soup? I can’t name one.

Make Your Own MimosaMake Your Own Mimosa

Yeah, dog. Three mimosas for $12. Frexinet is just terrible on its own, but the dryness works very well in a mimosa. I guess they knew this already.

Sloppy DogSloppy Dog

Florie said “carbs, meat, and more carbs or meat, carbs and more meat? I think it’s too early in the day for this.” Not for me, honey. The allure of ordering a sloppy joe dog and mac and cheese dog was too much for me to pass up.

Ditch Dog<Ditch Dog

I ended up grabbing some of the sloppy joe sauce and putting it on the ditch dog. For future reference, this is how to order your hot dogs at ditch plains. Two half-ditch/half-sloppy dogs. For proper flavor amalgamation, ask them to combine the mac and cheese and sloppy sauce before they lay the mixture on.

Ditch Plains Egg SandwichDitch Plains Egg Sandwich

Big, thick bacon, a crispy, buttery bun, gooey gruyere. The home fries here weer pretty wonderful as well. Great caramelization, still crispy at the end of the meal, and a few pieces had a nice char that gave them a homier taste.


These were the standouts for me. They were the perfect size and lighter than any other pancake I’d had on the project. The maple syrup was hot, and the pancakes were just a tad crisp on the outside. I would have eaten a stack of 27 of these bad boys if given the opportunity. I rarely write my notes in all caps, but the notes on the pancakes here start with EXCELLENT!


We wanted dessert (obviously) but just asked our server to surprise us. The s’mores came wrapped in tinfoil (pic). A far cry from the presentation of the clam chowder, these were excellent and harkened that trip east our owner was going for. Any time you get a chance to eat a s’more, you better eat that thing, and why not share an order for your brunchy dessert here? Great execution.

Ditch WitchDitch Witch

You know those crumbles on the ice cream cakes you get at carvel? The chocolate ones that have kind of a crunchy/chewyness to them? The cookie was made of a million of those little crumbles packed together.

The one thing that I want to say about ditch plains, the menu and (most of) the presentation was just fun. The food was actually fun to eat. Macaroni and cheese on a hot dog? Make your own mimosa? Hot s’mores in tinfoil? The concepts here are fun, and the music is super cool, because I’m cool, and they had a lot of songs from my playlist, so it’s obviously cool. All in all, I really enjoyed the meal and the ambiance here and I’m going to give it a big thumbs up if you’re brunching here in the West Village.

Here’s our experience on video:

Guest Writer: FlorieHere’s her post

The IRL Arts Foundation and The Wandering Foodie thank Ditch Plains for providing this meal.

Ditch Plains
29 Bedford Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 633-0202

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  • Dolce February 26, 2010, 4:31 pm

    Gosh, I sound so French in this video, right?
    I am definitely going back for the pancakes… but not for the Ditch Dog :)

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