The new croque monsieur bread pudding with a fried egg is outrageously delicious.
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It's no secret that Queens Comfort is one of my favorite places to nosh, so it was an honor when I was interviewed by ABC 7's Lauren Glassberg for her feature on the comfort kitchen which is scheduled to air today, May 18, at 5 p.m. during the Neighborhood Eats segment (does this mean my mug might be menacing yellow cabs next week on Taxi TV?!) The featured recipe for the segment: the Cap'n Crunch Chicken Fingers with red chili bacon caramel sauce, of course! Just for the record, Lauren Glassberg seems extremely charismatic and pretty on television--but in person, she is actually stunning, and very generous in sincere conversation. I was already a fan, but witnessing her work last week was affirming of her genuine talent.
After singing the praises of Queens Comfort, I was asked by a nearby diner if there is anything I don't particularly care for. After all, you can't love everything about everything, right? Upon consideration, I suppose my only criticism would be that the menu is sometimes overwhelming in options that make you drool. Unless you come toting a gaggle of friends ready to share a smorgasbord, it's likely you'll walk away bummed you didn't have the ravenous hunger demanded to sample everything that catches your eye.
Biscuits & Gravy
Take, for example, two new dishes that appeared this week on the menu. First comes buttermilk biscuits and a maple cheddar sausage gravy with cayenne, sage, rosemary, and thyme. A decadently creamy, savory and sweet spin on the comfort breakfast classic (delightfully served here for lunch and dinner). Or the real kicker that hasn't left my taste memory since I first devoured it--a croque monsieur bread pudding with black forest ham, gruyere, fontina, and a passionate kiss of dijon mustard. Top it with a fried egg and turn that mister into a madame. See? How on earth do you choose which one dish to enjoy?
Egg McRuffin'... an open-faced English muffin with bacon, gouda, cheddar, béchamel, & a fried egg
As if Queens Comfort read my mind, this week they launched a fantastic new lunch special. For $14.95 you can choose one starter, one entree, and one dessert from a broad selection of menu items (items qualifying for the lunch special are denoted on the menu with an asterisk). Slightly more manageable portions of a variety of delicious dishes at a great price is reason to celebrate.
Jalapeño Hushpuppies with lemon pepper ranch
The starters on the prix fixe included their grilled Mexican street corn, bacon scallion or three leek mac & cheese, or homemade jalapeno cornmeal hushpuppies. Mains range from a fried green tomato sandwich to a peanut butter & jelly burger, as well as their famous chicken & eggo waffles. Desserts, rotating frequently, vary from s'mores bread pudding to homemade ice creams, which have recently included walnut fudge brownie, or even a version with actual strawberry rhubarb pie mixed in, crust and all.
Strawberry rhubarb pie ice cream with actual bits of crust
Now that's real comfort food...