2010-08-18 / Restaurant of the Week

Daybreak Cafe Restaurant

The Daybreak Café Restaurant might open at the break of day, but the good food keeps coming all day long and through the evening. From the hearty breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers and hot entrees for lunch to the economical dinners, the Daybreak Café fits into everyone’s schedule.


The amiable Balbuena family opened the Daybreak Café just three weeks ago at the convenient location on the corner of 34th Avenue and 45th Street, just a short block from bustling Northern Blvd. The glass-front dining room has seating for about 25 people, or you can take advantage of fast, free delivery.

Start your day with a cup of steaming hot coffee and one of over a dozen omelets on the menu. The Mexican omelet will kick start your day with cheddar cheese, onion, jalapeno peppers and sliced avocado, topped with salsa ($6.95). The Farmer’s omelet has sausage, ham, potato and your choice of cheese. Order your eggs any style and pair them up with smoky Canadian bacon, Nova Scotia lox,

salami, sausage or bacon. Breakfast sandwiches are easily packed up to go and start at just $2.95. A selection of waffles, pancakes, French toast and muffins offers something different each day.


Daybreak has lunch and dinner specials each day. You can have the specials faxed to your office to make ordering easy. On the night I visited, short ribs were on the menu. These slow-cooked ribs were so tender, the meat fell off the bone. Chicken Francese is so tender it cuts with a fork. Penne peso with chicken and shrimp costs only $8.95. The entrees are served with freshly made soup or salad. The day’s soup was homemade chicken noodle made with tiny pasta shells and topped with fresh green cilantro. Yankee bean, vegetable and lentil are some other varieties of soups that change each day. Other side dishes on the menu include potatoes, mashed or French fried, savory rice and beans and an assortment of fresh vegetables.

Juicy burgers are grilled to order and can be topped with your favorites such as cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado and guacamole or fried onions and barbecue sauce. There’s a nice selection of hot sandwiches, served open-faced that includes grilled chicken cordon bleu, with sliced ham and melted cheese on the toasted bun ($7.20). Grilled barbecue chicken sandwich is topped with zesty sauce and served with French fries, lettuce and tomato. Sliced turkey with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce is one of my favorites. For a hearty appetite, try the open steak sandwich made with grilled tenderloin or the Monte Cristo French toast with sliced turkey, ham and melted Swiss cheese. Cold sandwiches are piled high with pastrami, roast beef, turkey or bacon, lettuce and tomato for a classic BLT.


Keep it light with crunchy salads that are tossed to order. Chef’s salad with cuts of ham, turkey, roast beef, Swiss cheese and sliced egg will keep you cool ($7.25). Caesar salad can be customized and topped with your choice of grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, or salmon.

For lunch or dinner, Daybreak makes and sells lots of pasta dishes, such as penne with chicken and shrimp, meaty lasagna, and linguine Alfredo. There are Greek specialties too such as the tender chicken souvlaki served on pita bread with fries and Greek salad, gyro or spinach pie.

Desserts are made on the premises, so indulge in rich chocolate mousse cake, creamy rice pudding, cheesecake or refreshing fruit salad. Daybreak Café Restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6am to 9pm. There’s wireless internet access, free of charge. Soon, beer and wine will be available. For fast, free delivery, call or fax your orders in or order on-line at www.grubhub.com Make the Daybreak Café one of your daily stops for good food.

45-01 34th Avenue, L.I.C.
718.721.0411 • Fax: 718.721.5474

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