The Bonnie in Astoria, Queens has opened its garden to diners and has added seasonal bites to the menu.
Along with the addition of the garden comes a smattering of creative new menu at The Bonnie in Astoria.
The Bonnie is officially opening its back door to diners.
The restaurant, which has been open for six months, is the cousin of Astoria bar scene staple Sweet Afton. Before that, the hundred-year-old building was vacant for an entire decade.
When we stopped by last week, co-owner Michael Krawiec was hard at work making the most of his seasonal outdoor space, stringing lights by hand and situating wooden tables to make room for a crowd of up to 100 people. The garden is, in fact, an actual garden that supplies ingredients for their botanically themed cocktails.
Along with the addition of the outdoor dining option comes a smattering of creative new menu items like tempura asparagus made with herb-horseradish sauce and matcha tea powder; avocado deviled eggs with jalapenos and cilantro; and a softshell crab sandwich made with snap pea remoulade, charred pea greens, and spicy buttermilk sauce.
We also chowed down on delicious green curry muscles, a filling beet and apricot salad, and tried a unique take on sashimi made with sea bass.
Tip: come prepared to break your no-carb diet for the fresh baked soft pretzels served with beer cheese.
The Bonnie expects to change their menu again soon to include even more summery fare, so it’s best to plan a few visits in order to taste everything in the works at this charming eatery.
- 1 pound fresh or frozen skinless fish fillets, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
- ¼ cup milk
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup fine dry bread crumbs
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon dried dillweed
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish pat dry with paper towels. Cut into four serving-size pieces, if necessary. Measure thickness of fish set aside. Place milk in a shallow dish. Place flour in another shallow dish. In a third shallow dish combine bread crumbs, cheese, dillweed, and pepper. Add melted butter stir until combined.
Dip fish in milk coat with flour. Dip again in milk, then in crumb mixture to coat all sides. Place fish on a greased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, in a 450 degree F oven for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork.
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“The key to a making a good brownie is to underbake,” says owner Suzanne Hart. To be most accurate, the thick, dark brownies at this prepared-foods shop are not good — they’re spectacular. More fudgy than cakey, made with three types of chocolate, expect an intensely rich flavor and a beautiful, shiny top crust with delicate ridges that pleasingly shatter with each bite.
Crumb Cake at The Farmer’s Grind
Situated on the border with New Canaan, this market/coffee shop may be a bit out of the way for many Westchesterites. There’s at least one item — the crumb cake by certified home baker Anna Oneto of South Salem — that makes a visit worth a drive from anywhere in the county (or Ohio, for that matter). The soft-yet-just-sturdy-enough yellow cake holds a substantial streusel topping that smacks of good-quality cinnamon and has a gentle crispness to contrast the cake.
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My boys LOVE donuts so we always celebrate birthdays at Banbury Cross Donuts. They make the best donuts in SLC! Our favorite is the raised cinnamon crumb donut. Other favorites include blueberry, maple bar, and the buttermilk bar. Caleb always gets a sprinkle donut. The shop is small, but they have a drive-thru.
Tip: Service is always quick, but go early to make sure they don’t run out. You can order in advance too!
Spitz is hands down one of our favorite spots. We love the casual atmosphere, patio in the summer and the fresh and flavorful food. Order the Doner basket for a taste of everything. It is served in a bread pan and loaded with goodness. I get the veggie version which is basically a salad and sweet potato fries topped with tzatziki, feta, olives, cucumber, tomato, peppers, crispy garbanzo beans, fried pita bread, falafel, and hummus.
Lone Star Taqueria has the best tacos in SLC! A great spot to visit after a hike or morning on the slopes. The service is fast and the food is affordable. I love the veggie tacos, but they are famous for their fish tacos. The salsas are incredible, so make sure you start with chips and guacamole, you won’t be sorry!
I could make a meal out of Mazza’s starters and sometimes I do. My favorites include the hummus, muhamara, potatoes harra, baba ganooj, and vegetarian grape leaves. The falafel sandwich is perfection-balls of ground fava, garbanzo beans, herbs and seasonings fried to a golden crisp and served in a freshy pita pocket with tahini sauce, fresh greens & turnip pickles. YUM!
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