We need some Southern food in Brooklyn

What connection Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Zore Neale Hurston and Walter Mosley have to Akwaaba Mansion (aside from the owner’s enthusiasm for their work) is unclear, but the Bed-Stuy B&B has rooms named for these writers, is “decorated with a literary theme,” and aims to draw an African-American crowd.

Among its offerings: “Jacuzzi tubs for two, couples massages, a Southern-style breakfast and a red velvet cake at tea time.” Rates start at $125/night.

Anybody know if the Southern breakfast and red velvet cake are good? I’ve got a hankering for cheese grits, eggs, bacon, and hash browns (the shredded kind, not “home fries”).

On second thought, you probably can’t eat at Akwaaba without staying there, the place being a bed & breakfast and all. And if I had a vacation budget, which I don’t, I wouldn’t spend it where I live.


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