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Chicken dinner at Wilma Jean
Photograph: Filip WolakChicken dinner at Wilma Jean

Kerry Diamond and Rob Newton open fried-chicken-focused Wilma Jean

By Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo

Empire builders Rob Newton and Kerry Diamond are playing a game of musical chairs down on Smith Street: Their Vietnamese joint, Nightingale 9, is moving to the former Seersucker space to make room for this newcomer, a casual spin-off of their Southern-fried hit. On the menu, fried chicken is king, served as a dinner platter, in a sandwich or on a stick. Comfort-food classics like corn bread, cheddar-cheese grits and tater tots round out the offerings, alongside lighter salads like a raw-collard-and-roasted-peanuts combo. Natural light floods the minimally adorned space, which gets a boost of Deep South hospitality courtesy of communal tables and original Hatch Show Print pieces. 345 Smith St at Carroll St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-422-0444)


Fried Chicken
Chicken on a stick, $5
Chicken breast with buttermilk dressing, $6
Chicken thigh with buttermilk dressing, $4
Drumstick with buttermilk dressing, $3
Half chicken dinner with coleslaw and one side, $14

Fried chicken sandwich on a potato roll, $7
Fried bologna sandwich, $5
Burger, $6
Cheeseburger, $7
Bacon cheeseburger, $8
Double burger, $10

Smashed and fried red bliss potatoes, $3
Hand-cut seasoned fries or tator tots, $3
Coleslaw, $3
Potato salad, $3
Cheddar cheese grits, $4
Mac-n-cheese, $4
Cornbread, $2
Carolina field pea and cherry tomato salad, $4
Braised collards with country ham, $4
Baked beans, $4

Salads and Appetizers
Raw collard and roasted peanut salad, $6
Iceberg salad with blue cheese, bacon and buttermilk dressing, $7
Pimento cheese and tortilla chips, $7
Fried pickles, $6
Cornmeal crusted oysters with comeback sauce, $11
Surry sausage and grits, $9 

Raw collard salad at Wilma JeanFilip Wolak

Burger at Wilma JeanFilip Wolak

Wilma JeanFilip Wolak


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