Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Neptune Diner

Neptune Diner
3105 Astoria Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 278-4853

I can count on one hand the number of times I have visited Astoria, Queens and not at least walked past the beer garden. But tonight there would be no pitchers of Brouczech. Mint and the St. Mark's crew had only one destination in mind: Neptune Diner, a familiar sight to anyone who has climbed down the N train steps at Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

That said, it's a diner. I'm guessing it would be a pretty familiar sight to anyone who loves French toast. As a lover of the breakfast arts myself, but never previously a patron of the Neptune, I for some reason skipped the "served all day" morning menu and chose a crab-stuffed mushrooms special.

The Neptune is, in case you missed it, a diner, so as you might expect the mushrooms involved a certain level of frying, were served with a healthy helping of visible butter, and their arrival was heralded by a side salad with oil and vinegar. They were also delicious, in their own greasy spoon way, and large enough to require a greasy knife and fork to manage.

MIKE EATS NEXT TIME: Nothing against the Neptune, but not without first having a few pitchers down the road.

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