Brooklyn's Down South Restaurant and Bar depends on a team approach to provide fresh and delicious foods in a welcoming setting. General manager Mirna Lemus and Chef Andrea Garcia have worked with owner Brooklyn Robertson since the doors opened in Buda eight years ago. Originally known as Cleveland's before Robertson became sole owner, Brooklyn's has undergone name and interior redesign. Chef Andrea has, over the years, developed a diverse menu that reflects local, regional, and customer preferences. She said her menu is eclectic, and health conscious. Days of the week feature themed specials, such as Mexican, southern, sandwich, and fine cuisine, but all reflect her love of food and freshness. Lemus' team of servers delivers the home-cooked offerings with a smile. Lemus and Chef Andrea want customers to feel "at home" while enjoying quality food at affordable prices, with a menu that offers something to a variety of palates and ages. And, while the food revolves "around the chef," development of creative cocktails revolves around the foods, Lemus added.
Chef Andrea said her evolving menu is expanding away from meat-centered meals, with more plant-based dishes being offered. She said that people have an increased awareness of foods and an increased exposure to unfamiliar foods because of the popularity of television food shows, and, as a result, now are more likely to try something they have heard about but not yet tasted. Chef Andrea is able to innovate and test out ideas through her changing specials each day. She also maintains awareness of seasonal foods and preferences.
Brooklyn's, located at 100 N. Main Street, offers indoor and patio dining, but is happy to provide take-out, delivery, and curbside service as well. Open daily except Mondays, it serves lunch and dinner, as well as a popular weekend brunch.