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Seersucker: Seersucker, a fabric once worn by poor southerners, eventually became en vogue for “gentlemen”. Seersucker the restaurant, newly opened in Carroll Gardens, takes a typically high fat, down-home cuisine (read: fried chitlins) and lightens it up while making it elegant. Chef Rob Newton sticks with southern staples such as shrimp'n'grits, chicken'n'dumplings, sweet tea, and biscuits and jam, and uses seasonal, organic ingredients to turn the dishes into an experience in fine dining. This narrow eatery on foodie haven Smith Street is even designed to resemble Atticus Finch's dapper ensemble—minimalist and sleek, with blue-grey fencing affixed along one wall to create the traditional seersucker lines. While the local wine and beer offerings are substantial, food comes first at Seersucker—this is a place where you bring a date, not meet one. Interested in checking out the scene without dropping so much cash you'll be dating Netflix the next three weekends? Sit at the bar and order the Red Hook rosé on tap ($7) along with the snack sampler ($15)—the country ham pâté alone makes it worth the bucks.