2003-03-05 / Restaurant of the Week

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Of The WeekHomestyle Cooking Featured At North Shore Diner
By Teresa Barile

Restaurant
Of The Week
Homestyle Cooking Featured At North Shore Diner


Check out the nightly blackboard specials, starting at just $10.95. These dinner specials include home made soup, such as yellow lentil or chicken rice, a colorful garden salad or Greek salad, and choice of potato and fresh vegetables. The low price even includes dessert and a glass of wine on the house. You can’t beat that in today’s economy.Check out the nightly blackboard specials, starting at just $10.95. These dinner specials include home made soup, such as yellow lentil or chicken rice, a colorful garden salad or Greek salad, and choice of potato and fresh vegetables. The low price even includes dessert and a glass of wine on the house. You can’t beat that in today’s economy.

T ’he North Shore Diner, in Bayside, a small, friendly place, serves top quality, home style food for every appetite and taste. The prices are so reasonable that you can dine there often, especially since it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There’s a convenient parking lot and the service is always courteous and efficient.

Owned by Billy Fatsis and managed by Vicki, the North Shore Diner, has been serving the Queens community for some 22 years and it’s like a second home for many of its steady customers. With an extensive menu that features seafood, pasta, salads, steak, sandwiches and more, even customers who have been coming for years can find something different at every visit.

Check out the nightly blackboard specials, starting at just $10.95. These dinner specials include home made soup, such as yellow lentil or chicken rice, a colorful garden salad or Greek salad, and choice of potato and fresh vegetables. The low price even includes dessert and a glass of wine on the house. You can’t beat that in today’s economy.

I devoured a delicious lamb shank, stewed for hours so that the succulent meat fell off the bone. This dish came with tender orzo pasta and a savory tomato sauce ($11.95). Beef tips oreganata are served on a bed of seasoned rice while chicken cacciatore rests on a mound of linguine ($13.95). Whole, fresh flounder is prepared with choice of crab meat stuffing or spinach and feta cheese for a hearty, satisfying dish. Tender twin lobster tails are available at a fraction of the cost of some fancy seafood restaurants.


The cholesterol-conscious will delight in a special menu of over a dozen items that includes skinless chicken breast prepared in tempting ways with fresh vegetables and salads. Sautee entrees such as veal or chicken piccata, with a tangy lemon, wine and caper sauce, melt in the mouth. Shrimp and chicken fantasia combines these two favorite items with mushrooms and artichoke hearts. A basket of warm challah bread and corn muffins begs to be slathered in butter to absorb all the tasty juices from your meal.

The regular menu features dinner specials, including roast loin of pork, roast ham and half a roasted chicken, all served with soup, salad, vegetable, potato and coffee. On weekends, special roasts such as leg of lamb and prime rib of beef are featured, so come with your family for a special weekend meal. Juicy steaks, lamb chops and pork chops will satisfy any meat and potatoes lover and are prepared to your liking. The generous portions leave enough for lunch the next day and the polite wait staff will gladly pack your leftovers for you.

Visit the North Shore Diner at lunchtime for juicy, thick, char-broiled burgers, turkey burgers and low-cholesterol bison burgers. Next time, I’m going to try the French dip brisket sandwich, served with a cup of au jus for dipping. The hot open roast beef sandwich with mushrooms also sounded great. Flour tortillas filled with chicken salad, turkey, lettuce and tomato, grilled chicken and much more make up healthful wrap sandwiches. All are served with French fries and make a nice lunch or light dinner. Salads of nearly every kind are on the menu and only the freshest lettuce and vegetables are used. Many are topped with Mediterranean olives. Dressings are made with olive oil.

Come for breakfast before work or after worship services on the weekends and indulge in crispy Belgian waffles, thick cut French toast, a stack of pancakes or fluffy omelets filled with anything you’d like. I love the broccoli and cheddar cheese omelet and the asparagus omelet. The coffee is always fresh and robust and your cup is never empty.

Save room for dessert, or just pop in for one of their tempting desserts and coffee after a movie. You’ll love the many layered German chocolate cake, New York cheesecake, mile-high strawberry shortcake and creamy rice pudding.

There’s always something delicious and homemade cooking at the North Shore Diner. For breakfast, lunch, dinner, a late night snack or just coffee with a friend, you’re always welcome at the North Shore Diner, open 24 hours a day. Free parking, economical dinner specials and friendly service are just some of the diner’s attractions.

North Shore Diner

196-52 Northern Blvd. at

Francis Lewis Boulevard

Bayside

(718) 225-8000


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