Looking north from Brighton Beach Ave., the green awning of Georgian Food and the little pocket of shops that surround it are barely within eyeshot. They've always seemed less enticing than the markets on the main drag; only because I was headed for the avenue, and walking south from Sheepshead Bay, did I find myself here one afternoon.
I was too late for fresh khachapuri, it seemed. Though the counterwoman's English was little better than my poor Russian (as for Georgian, fuhgeddaboudit), she managed to convey that this salad from the small display case featured beans, potato, and other tidbits, all stained by beet. She also called it a vinaigrette ($3.75, at $4.99 per pound), which perplexed me, since I could detect no such aroma. (Later I learned that in Russian-speaking communities vinaigrette is an umbrella name for chilled salads of this sort, though they contain not a drop of vinegar; etymology unclear.) And, in lieu of Georgian cheesebread, the counterwoman provided a lagniappe: half a shoti to fill out my meal.
Georgian Food (also known as Brick Oven Bread)
109 Brighton 11th St. (Oceanview-Brighton Beach Aves.), Brighton Beach, Brooklyn