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Posted by anonymous on 09/21/2012
I am new to Bedstuy, but have been enjoying the great variety of ethnic cuisines in the region for the past few months. Every thing I tried, from Chinese food, to Latin dishes, to Indian meals ranged from excellent to good. Tonight however, my views changed when we ordered from Samantha's Southern Cuisine. First of all, we ordered our meals online...$45+ for two entrees ordered at 7Pm...our meals did not arrive unti 9:06 Pm. All that would have been okay, had our long, miserable wait resulted in great food. What we got, was small servings of what appeared to be stale leftover scrappings from the garbage bin. The food preparation lacked imagination, creativity and FLAVOR. Tonight I was attempting to introduce someone who had never tried southern food, to the amazing flavor of soul food...worst choice of restaurant I could possibly have made. We were sorely disappointed. Perhaps we cought them on a bad night...I certainly do hope that this was the excuse for this colossal mess.
Posted by Nene on 04/26/2012
I have eaten from this place three times, and each time there was a ridiculous wait, whether it was inside or a delivery. The staff are not courteous and they make no apologies for there tardiness. Plain n simple the customer service skills suck. I ordered food tonight and they sent me food that looked like it was sitting in the restaurant since last week. They sent the wrong items and omitted food that was ordered. It really sucks because there food is actually great but the lack of customer service will continue to give Samantha's a bad name. I pray they get it together, I'm proud they have opened this restaurant in this area but I won't return because I don't feel that I was appreciated at all! Did I mention there VERY rude, with the exception of the delivery guy he was very polite.
Posted by bklynchick on 11/10/2011
I should have never strayed from my regular fried fish joint. This place is freshly-made, hand delivered stomach ache in a bag. First, the order took an HOUR AND A HALF on a Thursday night @ 6:30pm. So should I expect my food to take THREE hours if I weren't to order during early bird dinner hours? Second, the fish was definitely not good, as in not edible. Ever eaten something and your mind says "not a good idea!"? Exactly. Spare your belly and steer clear. A big thumbs down! Super :( on money sorely wasted.
Posted by Phia on 09/01/2011
The dudes that run it or hang out there often are TOO freaking LOUD. He did however get my drift when I stared at him during many 1 of his attempts to be the comedian of the shop. Then went right back to the noise minutes later... The waitress was ok but the food is so far from memorable. The salad was bathed in dressing, the smothered pork wasn't smothered in anything but salt (not enough gravy), the peach cobbler had peach but no cobbler (not enough pastry), the collards were slightly undercooked, and crab cakes appetizer was actually a salad (again, bathed in dressing) w/ 2 SMALL cakes that could BOTH fit in the palm of your hand for $12! The yams, mac & cheese, and Grandma's fruit punch were good but I'm not returning JUST for 2 sides and some juice.
Posted by Sanj on 07/20/2011
49 years on the planet and I finally found a Banana Pudding equivalent to that of South Carolina'. Samantha's Southern Cuisine, Clinton Hills hosts a monthly music venue featuring young local artists starting out in the business. We've frequented the spot over the past year and found the food to be hit or miss on occasion, but the Banana Pudding will always get me back. Working at a local college whose Hospitality Department hosts Lunch and Dinner for faculty & staff, my expectations for quality service are high but this family run & owned business is doing well. The atmosphere is quaint, accessible via public transportation or walking, and the staff works very hard to ensure all feel at home.
Posted by Caramel on 04/21/2011
Happy to see a nice and decent Soul place is in town. You can definately tell this is a real family establishment by the interaction amgonst the staff :) heheh. The Fried Fish and chicken maintain good flavor while the Mac and Cheese are on the money. It has a nice (non greasy atmosphere) while also serving some down home southern dishes. I would like to see some potatoe salad and coconut cake put on the menu later on down the linw
Posted by Tammy Whatnot on 09/03/2010
Yessss! You must try the chitlin stuffed rutubaga, it is fierce. Others in my party had the grilled cow's tongue, pan-seared goat's brain, and the surprisingly succulent "Rocky Mountain Oysters" over braised cabbage. All dishes are paired well, and the aromas of the place make you feel like Loretta Lynn's best friend (when she was po'). The night I was there, the staff was watching Rupaul's Drag Race, and the staff began to "walk the runway" while serving dishes. If you like "put yo foot in it" food, then run, don't walk, to Samantha's. Holla!