No, kids, not that kind of herb. Today we’re talkin’ about all things herbal: basil, mint, rosemary, dill and all their delicious friends. I’m a huge fan of fresh, pungent, aromatic herbs in both my own cooking and in the dishes & drinks I get out on the town. Without further ado, here’s my picks for herbal goodness in Astoria.
Perhaps this picture doesn’t do these justice, but Sparrow Tavern does Rosemary Herb Fries right. Imagine a perfectly crispy mound of potatoes that have been fried with actual rosemary sprigs and whole pieces of onions. I first learned about these amazing potato gems on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives where they show you just how these delicious fries come to life. Extra herbal love to their swiss chard & dill sandwich, too.
Run, don’t walk, to Vesta this season for their Chilled Tomato Soup with Basil Cream. It has just the right amount of herbal-y goodness swirled into every bowlful. Bring your basil loving friends, too…this bowl is big enough to share.
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Perhaps one of the best known herb packed drinks is the Mint Mojito, and Fatty’s Cafe on Ditmars has one of the best in Astoria. Enjoy yours with a big plate of their Cuban inspired food in their totally charming backyard.
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WHA favorite, The Queens Kickshaw, offers up this herb packed sandwich, the Arahovas Feta & Dill with red pepper spread and the aforementioned dill punch. I mean, who dones’t love an herb-y open faced grilled cheese?
Last, but certainly not least, is my absolute favorite cocktail in Astoria right now- the Basil Jalapeno Margarita at Via Trenta. Earthy basil rounds out the heat of the peppers and tart from the fresh lime. They have quite a few other herb enhanced cocktails, too if basil isn’t your thing.