September 14, 2013

HB Eats: Summertime wrap up - Ice cream, pizza, and po’boys!

Like most people I know, I’m in denial that the summer is almost officially over.  Luckily, most of the delicious food that I sampled over the last few months is available (in one form or another) year round:

1. Octopus Po’Boy @ LIC Flea and Food - Just in case you hadn’t heard, Queens is now home to its very own weekly food market and shopping festival, the LIC Flea and Food.  This diverse gathering of local merchants succeeds in transforming an empty lot, not far from the Queens waterfront, into a foodie destination.  After a few circles around the market, and much debate about what to try, I sampled and loved every bite of the maple bacon popcorn offered by Alobar, as well as their unique octopus po’boy -- move over lobster roll, there’s a new delicacy in town.  While I believe the sandwich is a LIC Flea special, you can also go straight to the source for other creative dishes at the nearby eateries themselves;

2.  Pizza pie @ Totonno’s - Totonno’s serves up fresh brick oven pies with your choice of traditional toppings.  You can feel the Coney Island history at Totonno’s simply by walking in the door, a door that is located just a few blocks from the iconic boardwalk.  This shop is a survivor, having suffered from a fire in 2009 and a through a post-Sandy shutdown.  The pizza could possibly be my favorite in New York, with its perfect balance of sauce, dough, and yummy mozzarella.   

Make sure to save room for dessert and stop by Williams Candy Shop on Surf Ave.  I couldn’t resist the bright blue and pink cotton candy hanging so beautiful around the store; and

3.  Ice cream sundae @ Eddie’s Sweet Shop - For another look at New York’s culinary past, check out Eddie’s Sweet Shop in Forest Hills, Queens.  Eddie’s is a neighborhood institution that has been owned by a number of different families since it was built in 1925.  While the original ice cream parlor wood finishes and décor were certainly a sight to see, I was also equally entranced by the large bowls of homemade whipped cream that they use for every sundae.  Nothing says indulgence like a few scoops of your favorite ice cream overflowing with delightful toppings.

I highly recommend checking out all of these destinations for a taste of summer fun!

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