2012-06-20 / Restaurant of the Week

T-BONE DINER

On a recent evening at the T-Bone Diner, a woman was dining on a delicious platter of chicken shish kebab with lots of freshly grilled vegetables. Turns out, this very woman has been coming to the T-Bone Diner since she was four years old some 40 years ago! That explains the history behind the TBone Diner: from the Plevrites family to your family. Good, honest food is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week, 24 hours a day at its landmark location in Forest Hills.

Brothers Peter and George greet most of their customers by name, many of whom have their favorite dishes, or are looking to try one of the nightly specials. The sparkling glass case up front shows off some of the delicious desserts available, all made on the premises. We settled into our comfortable booth and started to review the extensive menu, which features nearly everything you could imagine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack.

Starting with breakfast, there's a full array of eggs, fluffy omelets filled with cheese, ham or vegetables and more. Thick sliced challah French toast is a perennial favorite and the Belgian waffles are available any time of day, topped with fruit and whipped cream. All baking is done on premises so try a muffin, bagel or flaky roll with butter. The service is efficient and friendly, so you can stop in before work, order a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, and get out quickly. In fact, the subway is literally just outside the T-Bone. Orders are also swiftly packed up to go on your way .

At lunchtime, a special menu of toasted Panini sandwiches makes choosing easy. A sliced turkey, Monterey jack cheese and bacon Panini gets all warm and melted from a press on the grill. Chicken fajita, chicken cordon bleu with ham and cheese and a classic chicken club sandwich are all on this menu. From the sandwich menu, a classic Reuben sandwich, topped with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing is New York style comfort food. The T-Bone burgers are made from quality beef, turkey or vegetables and prepared to order with your choice of cheese and toppings, served with or without their crispy fries and onion rings. Fresh salads, such as the Greek, Nicoise, Caesar or Chef’s salad are tossed with fresh vegetables. Each day, the chefs make soup from scratch with varieties that include lentil, vegetable, matzoh ball, chicken noodle and navy bean. Pair a sandwich or salad with a cup of soup for a great lunch or dinner.

Speaking of dinner, there are so many choices on the menu, as well as nightly specials, that one could come every night and order a different dish each time. The bargain of the year is the T-Bone Diner nightly dinner special, priced at $13.95 or less. This meal includes a cup of their delicious soup, main course and a glass of wine. For just $16.95, there’s an economical Prix Fixe Dinner that includes a choice of soup or salad, main course with side dish, dessert and coffee or tea. Some of the entrée choices are roast beef au jus, broiled blue fish or broiled pork chops.

Pasta night menu has a dozen delicious items such as spaghetti Bolog- nese with rich, meaty sauce and shrimp Portofino over pasta. My friend chose this dish and was presented with a very generous bowl of juicy shrimp, broccoli, red peppers and mushrooms over al dente pasta, topped

with melted mozzarella. I enjoyed a combination of jumbo shrimp and fillet of sole Francese style, with lemon and butter, over a mound of spaghetti and went home with plenty for lunch the next day.

Sauteed dishes include tender veal or chicken cutlets prepared Francese style or with a touch of sweet Marsala wine and mushrooms. Chicken or shrimp scampi is delicious, served over rice or pasta, or with your choice of potatoes and vegetables. Tuck into a juicy namesake T-Bone steak topped with mushroom caps, a tender shell steak or London broil, served with potatoes and vegetables. Greek specialties are done really well here, such as the chicken, pork or shrimp kebabs, Gyro sandwiches on pita with tzatziki sauce, moussaka or pastitsio. On the weekends, enjoy roasted leg of lamb with all the trimmings.

Whatever you do, save room for desserts which are all made in house. Creamy New York cheesecake, served straight up or topped with fruit is a house favorite. Chocolate layer cake, German chocolate cake and Black Forest cake with a layer of cherries are all hard to resist. I love their creamy rice pudding, chocolate mousse and crumb cake baked with fruit. Feel free to stop in before or after a movie at the Midway for a cup of delicious coffee and one of their fine desserts.

Since 1934 the T-Bone Diner has served millions of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The secret to their success is quality, price and friendly service. They're open seven days a week, around the clock, except for Mondays after midnight. They will deliver to your home or office for free with a $10 minimum order. Enjoy a meal here anytime at the legendary T-Bone Diner.

107-48 Queens Blvd.
Forest Hills 718. 261.7744

www.tbonediner.com

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