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A contestant at the June competition.

Get ready! Get set! Get gluttonous!

Sheepshead Bay’s staple deli, Jimmy’s Famous Heros (1786 Sheepshead Bay Road), is looking for competitors for a sandwich eating contest to take place this Sunday at the Sheepshead Summer Stroll.

Owner Victor Spadaro said he was looking to crown a new chow champ after a four-way tie broke out earlier this year during the first Summer Stroll.

And there will be cash prizes. The person who crams the most sandwiches into his or her ravenous maw in just a few short minutes will win $100 cash. Second place will take home $50, while third place will get $25.

There are 20 seats to fill at the contest this weekend, and it’s open to men and women aged 21 and up. There is no entry fee and water and sandwiches will be provided by Jimmy’s.

The competition was one of the banner events at the first Sheepshead Summer Stroll in June, and it’s looking to be even larger this time around with a dedicated stage. The Stroll will see Sheepshead Bay Road packed with games, giveaways, live entertainment and food from local restaurants on Sunday, September 7, from noon to 5 p.m. The event takes place from Emmons Avenue to East 15th Street, turning the entire walk from the subway to the water into an action-packed pedestrian mall.

To register as a contestant in Sunday’s eating competition, call the store during business hours at (718) 648-8001. The registration deadline is Friday, September 5.

Wow, talk about a survivor. Jimmy’s Famous Heros located at 1786 Sheepshead Bay Road (between Emmons Avenue and Shore Parkway) is celebrating its 75th anniversary all month long.

Opened on February 1, 1938, Jimmy’s has survived the Great Depression, World War II, the massive inflation and oil embargoes of the  1970′s and the Great Recession of our time. Bowed, but not defeated by Superstorm Sandy, Victor Spadaro and his crew turn out some of the best sandwiches in Brooklyn.

So, what do they do to celebrate? They bake a cake. Not just a cake, but a cake that looks just like one of Jimmy’s famous heros, Nicole Bochen created this life size replica of a ham and cheese hero. Of course, it’s with the works!

Congratulations Jimmy’s. Here’s to another 75 years of serving the Bay.

Arbuz owners and staff cleaning off the furniture just days after the storm.

THE BITE: The Bite’s been laying low as Sheepshead Bay struggles to recover from Hurricane Sandy. With so many still without power or heat, it seems a bit insensitive to write about a newly discovered food dish. Now’s the time to help our neighbors rebuild.

Many of our restaurants and food mongers who came out for this year’s A Taste of Sheepshead Bay are still recovering and some are already back in business. Please do your best to help support the businesses that support Sheepshead Bites and the community. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to bring you our coverage of the neighborhood. No one else provides the local news when you need it,  like Sheepshead Bites.

Rovshan Danilov, the owner of Arbuz, put it best. “We need Sheepshead Bay back. We need the businesses to return. We need the customers back. We need the landlords to understand and work with the small businesses of the Bay.” We’re all in this together.

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Local elected officials pledged support to bringing back full B4 bus service and other public transportation improvements to the area at last night’s Sheepshead Bay Transit Town Hall, organized by Sheepshead Bites, Transportation Alternatives, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association.

More than 50 people turned out for the event to share their experiences with mass transportation in the area, emphatically expressing the community’s desire to restore the B4 to a 24/7 bus line after service cuts in 2010 eliminated the line east of Ocean Parkway on weekends and off-peak hours on weekdays. The Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association presented elected officials with a petition signed by more than 1,000 people, and when a representative from Transportation Alternatives asked the crowd how many of them were affected by the B4 cuts, every hand in the room went up.

“Over 90 percent of our residents in this community rely on mass transit regularly,” Cymbrowitz said in his opening statements. “Ideas that appear brilliant on paper often fail to deliver in practice. One example? The decision to provide B4 bus service to Knapp Street and Voorhies Avenue during peak periods Monday to Friday, leaving thousands of potential riders without viable mass transit services.”

Keep reading to find out what other concerns and proposals came out of the meeting, and what the next steps will be.

THE BITE: Four years ago, the last time the Patriots were foolish enough to engage the Giants in a Super Bowl, I was asked by Rachel Wharton of the Daily News to recommend a place for sandwiches for the big game. Of course, I recomended Jimmy’s.

Here’s what I wrote…

It’s a little hole in the wall joint down in the bay that’s been around for something like 50 years. It’s the only place I know that always has fresh RIPE tomatoes, which taste like fresh ripe tomatoes even in the dead of winter. They only serve cold heroes, using Boar’s Head meat and cheeses. Be sure to get your heros with “the works;” lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper, oil, red vinegar and shredded onions. The onions are bathed in a secret process that makes them very different and sweeter than others. Also, try the home made roasted red peppers.

Four years later and the Giants once again reign supreme and Victor and his team are still serving up outstanding heros each and every day.

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City Councilmembers Lew Fidler and Mike Nelson, and Borough President Marty Markowitz with Sheepshead Bites founder Ned Berke. (Photo by Randy Contello)

If you missed A Taste of Sheepshead Bay on Thursday night, you missed history being made.

Whereas, Brooklyn is most justifiably lauded for the rich array of culinary splendor that awaits residents and visitors alike, and everyone, from the comfort food seeker to the most finicky foodie is bound to encounter everything that will wow his or her palate, it is most fitting that we recognize those wonderful purveyors of decadent delectables, whose excellent taste and hard work help create the unique and fanciful flavor for which Brooklyn is widely known; and

Whereas, all of Brooklyn joins the owners, staff and supporters of twenty one of the best restaurants in Sheepshead Bay as Sheepshead Bites – Sheepshead Bay’s only independent news blog and winner of the L Magazine 2010 best local blogger distinction for Brooklyn and Manhattan - presents “A Taste of Sheepshead Bay,” an evening of eclectic food sampling and sumptuous entertainment, pronouncing Sheepshead Bay as Brooklyn’s premier culinary destination once again

So begins the proclamation issued by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz as he declared,

Now, therefore, I Marty Markowitz, President of the Borough of Brooklyn, do hereby proclaim, Thursday, October 27, 2011, 1st Annual Sheepshead Bites, A Taste of Sheepshead Bay Celebration Day in Brooklyn, USA.

Approximately 350 people attended the first Taste of Sheepshead Bay. They braved the elements to feast on the best that Sheepshead Bay had to offer as we celebrated the best damn neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Keep reading the event roundup, and to view more photos.

Photo by the amazing Adam Lerner of Adam Lerner | Photography

As an inexhaustibly enthusiastic photographer, a little more than a year ago I found myself on the website, described by its Philadelphia-based proprietor Jared Polin (from his LinkedIn bio) as being “dedicated to helping photographers of all skill levels to become better through fun and informative videos and content.”

It’s a great site, and Jared Polin, AKA “The Fro,” himself is an inexhaustibly enthusiastic photographer, and teacher (not in the academic sense) as well… but, what has any of this got to do with Sheepshead Bay?

Well, The Fro recently solicited Brooklyn-based photographer Adam Lerner of Adam Lerner | Photography to create an ongoing series of instructional videos for FKP and share some of his skills with the FroKnowsPhoto community. Liking what I saw, I decided to “like” Lerner’s facebook page, only to discover that he was recently in our neck of the woods, shooting some fabulous photos of Wheeler’s and Randazzo’s for Eater, among other things (other things being the image you see above).

All I could think after I saw the images was, “Ohhh, if only I could have been there to pick his brain.”

And not only that — the Randazzo’s piece was written by Brooks of Sheffield, he of Lost City fame, and it turns out ol’ Brooks did an entire practically weeklong series about Sheepshead Bay on his own site, including posts about Jimmy’s Famous Heros, Top Taco & Top China, the mysterious Soeller Building, Delmar Pizzeria, the Vince Lombardi plaque over at the POW/MIA Greenstreets triangle by Jerome Avenue, and Towne Café.

Sometimes I forget how unique and kind of special Sheepshead Bay really is until I see it through the eyes of those who don’t live here.

(courtesy of Lisanne Anderson via Flickr)

(courtesy of Lisanne Anderson via Flickr)

Sheepshead Bay has lost many diners over the years. There was the Sheepshead Diner, the Mayflower, and that diner over on Avenue U and Coney Island Avenue. And I’m sure you can name plenty more without even a thought. But we are still left with a number of diners. We have El Greco – for what that’s worth. There is Perry’s on Nostrand – oh, and Kouros Bay. And New Clemente’s on Sheepshead Bay Road (a hidden gem, if you ask me). There’s probably more I’m missing, but that’s just the start of a list.

So why am I talking about diners? Well, I came across this Yelp review, which says Perry’s (3482 Nostrand Avenue) is the best diner in the area. It’s “Nice, like a real Brooklyn diner should be.” He swoons over their courteous staff, great value and fresh seafood.

The best? That’s quite a statement. And since Brooklynites are the only people who would launch WWIII over insults to their favorite diners or pizzerias, I thought I’d leave it to my readers. How ’bout it? What’s the best diner in the Sheepshead area?

More reviews:

Jimmy’s Famous Heros (1786 Sheepshead Bay Road) a local legend? That’s what reviewer michael f. thinks. He recommends getting a cold sandwich – and don’t forget “the works”!

Another local legend, Randazzo’s Clam Bar (2017 Emmons Avenue), got a nice writeup for its down-home atmosphere, huge portions and great seafood. He warns, though, to stay away if you’re looking for fancy – the locals “aren’t afraid to yell across the restaurant.  Get used to it.” Oh, and there was also this rambling review which didn’t make sense.

The area’s only Thai restaurant, Siam Orchid (2259 Emmons Avenue), got trashed by one reviewer. He likened it to “Cactus Mexican food (Chinese people who make both Chinese food and lousy Mexican food), Siam Orchid is Chinese making lousy Thai.” He also said it was “better suited for a landfill than the human pallet.” Ouch.