Astoria, Featured, Food and Drink Jul 15, 2015 Dirty Pickle Martinis & Affogatos: Stand Out Items to Try at 9 Different Spots Sometimes, there’s that one dish that just calls to you. Whenever you enter this spot, your head tells you to try something new, but your stomach tells you to stick (…) Share this Scoop by WHA Guest total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Sometimes, there’s that one dish that just calls to you. Whenever you enter this spot, your head tells you to try something new, but your stomach tells you to stick (…) by WHA Guest Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Related scoops Superbowl LII Specials and Watch Parties in Astoria, LIC, an (...) Queens Comfort is Closing, So What’s Next? Thanksgiving 2017 in Astoria and LIC Sometimes, there’s that one dish that just calls to you. Whenever you enter this spot, your head tells you to try something new, but your stomach tells you to stick to the deliciousness you know so well. Here are 8 interesting and standout dishes from 9 different places very different places. Some are really excellent versions of classics — and some rare and wacky (in a good way). They just might become your new go-to! Captain Crunch Breaded Chicken Fingers When I saw this on the menu, childhood memories came flooding back and I knew I had to try it. The chicken itself is perfectly juicy, and the Captain Crunch is crushed into a fine powder. The siracha bacon dipping sauce makes this dish an unexpected combo of all things awesome. Photo credit: Nathan Davison Queens Comfort 4009 30th Ave, Astoria queenscomfort.com Nopales Salad or Nopales with Eggs If you’re vegetarian, this is something to add to your repertoire. Nopales are cactus, sautéed and grilled. The salad includes healthy chunks of queso, giant slices of avocado, and tomatoes. You can also get nopales and eggs, just as interesting and delicious. Photo via Emily Miethner El Grill 30-11 30th Ave | (718) 777-5366 www.yelp.com/biz/el-grill-restaurant-and-bar-astoria Macho Fries Bareburger tweeted about this special menu item and while I had a friend in town, and we splurged. The dish was a (un)healthy portion of fries-as-nachos with cheese, guacamole, salsa, and more. Bareburger 23-01 31st St www.bareburger.com The Affogato An affogato is espresso with ice cream — an amazing and indulgent treat. Astoria Coffee gets their ice cream come from Ice & Vice, a local ice cream company, with flavors like MILK MONEY $$$ (Toasted Milk, Sea Salt, Chocolate Ganache) and BASIC B (Mexican Vanilla, Black Lava Sea Salt). Astoria Coffee 30-04 30th St www.astoriacoffeeny.com Breakfast Panini Looking for something to splurge on? Il Bambino, famous for their paninis, also makes breakfast paninis. They all include scrambled eggs, potatoes, and cheese, with your choice of meats like sopressata or bacon. Photo via Rebecca R. Norris (rebeccanorris318.wordpress.com) Il Bambino 34-08 31st Ave | (718) 626-0087 ilbambinonyc.com Brisket Tacos While Astoria has some great options for BBQ & Mexican, few dishes are as tasty as MexiBBQs Brisket Tacos. Served with a delicious creamy corn salsa and crunchy taco slaw, these tacos are addicting. Photo via MexiBBQ MexiBBQ 37-11 30th Ave | (718) 626-0333 www.mexibbq.com General Tso’s Protein JuJube Tree achieves a rare feat for a vegan restaurant, satisfying even the most die hard carnivores. Try JuJube Trees’ General Tso’s Protein served with a large portion of brown rice. Also – check out their lunch special menu, some of the biggest portions you’ll find for under $10! JuJube Tree 35-02 30th Ave | (718) 545-1888 www.yelp.com/biz/jujube-tree-astoria Dirty Pickle Martini For lovers of the pickle back shot, Sweet Afton brings you a delightful and simple cocktail: Tito’s vodka and McClure’s pickles. Sweet Afton 30-09 34th St | (718) 777-2570 www.SweetAfton.com Guinness & Prosciutto Donut The owner of Gossip Coffee is know for his crazy donut flavors. I didn’t think this particular one would be good, but it’s such an odd combo, I had to try it. I was pleasantly surprised! It’s of course on the savory side, which is nice if you’re not a fan of sweets that are too sweet. The donut itself is a bit crispy and almost like fried dough, which was delicious. It had the perfect amount of prosciutto on it, adding kicks of flavor to each bite. Photo via Emily Miethner Gossip Coffee 37-04 30th Ave., Astoria | 718.440.8792 www.yelp.com/biz/gossip-coffee-astoria-2 What are your favorite dishes in Astoria? Share in the comments! Twitter Facebook Email Print Astoria Foodel grillGossip Coffeeil bambinoJujube TreeMexiBBQqueens comfort Related scoops Superbowl LII Specials and Watch Parties in Astoria, LIC, an (...) Queens Comfort is Closing, So What’s Next? Thanksgiving 2017 in Astoria and LIC One Comment Beth July 13th, 2015 It’s affogato! Not to be confused with fegato, which is liver, or affagato, which means… nothing. Affogato comes from the Italian word affogare, which means to drown. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.