2010-09-01 / Restaurant of the Week

Foxy's Eatery...A Clever Choice

Foxy’s eatery has everything you’d want in a neighborhood eatery: friendly service, a clean, comfortable dining room, and a nice variety of food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch and beyond. Daily specials allow frequent guests to try something new every time they visit. Indeed, as Foxy’s is located just downstairs from the bustling 7 train, a steady crowd of customers come and go. The secret to owner Spiro Kasimis’ success is to offer fresh, tasty dishes that reflect the multi-ethnic neighborhood of Sunnyside that it inhabits. So, next to classic diner fare such as great burgers and BLT’s, you’ll find some Latino-inspired dishes as well as a full Irish breakfast served every day.

I love the décor, complete with terrazzo tile floors, wood wainscot and pretty, glass tile accents. The comfortable tables and warm, inviting booths are lit by whimsical glass pendant fixtures. The service is efficient and the phone rings off the hook with takeout orders.

We started with icy cold beer and a couple of their delicious appetizers which include tasty coconut crusted shrimp, crunchy on the outside and tender in the middle, served with sesame ginger dip ($7.95). Grilled quesadillas are filled with cheese, onions, peppers and jack cheese, available with grilled chicken if you like. A nice sized portion of macaroni and cheese is good to share, with or without savory chorizo sausage and Foxy’s wings are crowd pleasers. Foxy’s Nachos Grande is one of the house favorites, loaded with jack cheese, cheddar, jalapenos and beans, chicken or chili, and served with sour cream and fresh salsa. Foxy’s sliders are mini burgers served on mini sesame buns which are very popular with kids and adults alike. Flaky spinach pie is Greek comfort food.

For dinner, choose among burgers, fish, chicken and pasta dishes. My companion devoured the steak frites which was cooked to order and sliced, alongside a generous portion of Greek style fries, sprinkled with sea salt, oregano and cubes of feta cheese ($17.95). I was intrigued with the evening’s specials which included BBQ tilapia and cod fish tacos. If you’ve only had tacos filled with ground beef, you ought to try Foxy’s fish tacos, made with the fresh catch of the day. My cod fish tacos were awesome; crispy and crunchy from a quick fry and light, flaky and moist inside. Sprinkled with cilantro and served with guacamole and salsa, I’ll be back for these tacos, offered every night ($9.95).

Pasta dishes are freshly made and very satisfying. Penne alla vodka is always on the menu, as is penne with verdant broccoli, garlic and oil. Check the evening pasta specials for more options. Tender chicken Marsala is sautéed in a savory sauce and served over penne, with plenty for lunch the next day ($12.95).

Foxy prepares hand-crafted burgers and serves them all day and night. Choose from Black Angus beef burgers, turkey burgers, chicken burgers or veggie burgers and then choose your bun as well. From the Texas BBQ burger to the Greco burger with feta cheese and tzatziki sauce, there are over a dozen varieties to choose among. At lunchtime or anytime, there are lots of fresh salads, sandwiches and soups to satisfy any appetite. Foxy’s Specialty Sandwiches include a turkey “Foxini”. This empire sized sandwich is piled high with fresh roasted turkey, swiss cheese, bacon and mayo on grilled bread for a satisfying lunch or dinner ($7.25). Classic BLT or GAC (grilled American cheese) are two of my favorites. They taste great with a fruit smoothie or iced moccachino. In fact, all are welcome to stop in for a refreshing coffee drink or a treat from the old fashioned soda fountain.

We sweetened our palate with light and creamy key lime pie made in a graham cracker crust. How about a hefty slice of red velvet cake? You can also enjoy this moist, distinctive cake in a petite cupcake, iced with cream cheese frosting. Moist carrot cake, chocolate layer cake and creamy cheesecake are some of the tempting desserts, all of which go well with robust coffee.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and at Foxy’s it’s served all day long. On your way to work, have a ham, egg and cheese sandwich wrapped up to go. Foxy’s eggs Benedict is available every day, as is their salmon Benedict, with smoked Nova Scotia lox. Don’t forget Belgian waffles, fluffy pancakes and sweet French toast with syrup or the hearty Irish breakfast with sausages, potatoes, grilled tomatoes, Irish bacon, sausage and beans ($10.95). This breakfast will keep you full until dinner! Come on Saturdays and Sundays for their fabulous price-fixed Brunch served from 9am to 4pm and spend the rest of your day shopping, strolling or relaxing.

Foxy’s Diner is open seven days a week from 7am to midnight Mondays through Fridays and 7:30am to 11:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Foxy’s Eatery will happily cater to your home or office for your next event, so just give them a call and relax. Stop in anytime for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch or a snack before or after the movies, located just a few doors away. Make Foxy’s Eatery your local eatery!

43-11 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside

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