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Could Ditmas Park be the next dining destination?

Don’t laugh.

If it happened to Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, it could happen anywhere. Signs of a culinary awakening can be spotted on Cortelyou Road with the July 13 opening of The Farm on Adderley.

The owners are Allison McDowell and Gary Jonas (pictured), Ditmas Park residents who grew tired of traveling to other neighborhoods for a decent meal.

After a six-month renovation of a former day-care center, the first-time restaurateurs fashioned a long, 40-seat space with a gorgeous outdoor dining area that’s all elegance and zero kitsch.

Chef Tom Kearney’s menu is where you’ll find the true essence of The Farm. Kearney (formerly of Manhattan’s Jean-Georges and Blue Hill and Williamsburg’s Sweet Water) emphasizes seasonal ingredients culled from small farms and local purveyors. His dishes combine simple, satisfying combinations: chilled asparagus soup teams up with a poached, farm-fresh egg and slivers of artisanal Parmesan.

And the Farm has something I don’t see enough of: an adult-worthy dessert menu. There’s milk chocolate mousse with salted cream; a sponge cake soaked with lemon-thyme syrup and strewn with blueberries; and a trifle made with layers of lemon cake and strawberry-rhubarb compote.

Don’t try finding Adderley on a map of Brooklyn. The Farm on Adderley refers to a South African expression Jonas’s father used whenever Jonas asked for the impossible: "If that ever happens, I’ll buy you a farm on Adderley." (Adderley is the equivalent of decidedly un-pastoral Flatbush Avenue.)

So much for dad!

The Farm on Adderley (1108 Cortelyou Road between Stratford and Westminster roads in Ditmas Park) accepts Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $11-$16. The restaurant serves dinner daily. For reservations, call (718) 287-3101.

- Tina Barry
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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