Off the Griddle with Ihopapotamus at…Queens Comfort

You don’t need LGA or JFK to embark on a journey for a taste of the south.

(photo from Queens Comfort)

Queens Comfort, located just east of Steinway on 30th Avenue in Astoria, offers a variety of southern and southern-accented dishes on three dynamic lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus. My most recent visit, however, wasn’t for the Po’ Boys or the grits – it was for the pancakes.

Fortunately, I was able to pay a visit to Queens Comfort just as they were getting ready to make the seasonal switch in their pancake rotation. And what ingredient could at once epitomize long summer days and romanticize the south better than the peach?

(Exhibit A – Pancakes)

The fresh peach buttermilk pancakes are served two high and stretch to approximately 6 inches in diameter. Although cooked evenly throughout, these flapjacks were standard fare in the pancake universe. However, the inherent dryness of the pancakes was easily cured with fresh whipped cream, butter, confectioner’s sugar, maple syrup, and, of course, peaches.

(Exhibit B – Peaches with Skin)

What really made these pancakes unique was that the peaches were not mixed into the batter. Rather, the peaches adorned the pancakes in small, non-skinned chunks. This culinary stratagem preserved the peaches’ freshness and juiciness and energized the platter’s presentation.

(I ordered the freshly brewed iced tea. But you can bring alcohol. It’s your world, squirrel.)

Although I chose to wash this meal down with a freshly brewed iced tea, feel free to bring liberal quantities of alcohol to Queens Comfort. It is B.Y.O.B. – the brunch acronym that sounds better to New Yorkers than the heraldic trumpets of the angels.

(Exhibit C – the Menu)

3.5 out of 5 Paul Bunyans: 


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