The Queen's Kickshaw
This past weekend Chris and I finally went to The Queen's Kickshaw, a place I have been wanting to try for quite some time. I've read many reviews of this place, which touts its gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint!
I ordered the "Egg and Cheese": Ricotta, Cheese crisps, thyme, maple hot sauce on brioche.
I was worried about the "maple hot sauce" but it really was not hot at all, it provided the perfect hint of maple to this sandwich and balanced everything out just right. And the thyme...oh the thyme!! It was so good on this sandwich. It's amazing how simple it was, yet how amazing it all came together.
Chris ordered homemade hot chocolate (this was like the real deal) and the "Cheddar and Mozzarella" on brioche with tomato soup. These were also top-notch and definitely lived up to their "gourmet" titles.
This place is easy to miss. I've definitely driven past it many times and even when I was using google maps, I still couldn't find it - they need some sort of large sign outside or something! I really didn't know what to expect to find behind its doors, But once we went inside we found a cute little restaurant, which offers communal table seating, and a very laid back atmosphere.
What kills me is this restaurant opened on the same block as my old apartment in Astoria - as in literally a 30 second walk door to door. This would have surely been a regularly visited establishment back then, which makes me both sad (boo, missed out on the chance to have this amazing food on a weekly basis) and happy (yay for my wallet and waistline!).
This is a place I would definitely go to again, I especially want to try the Bread Pudding, the Gouda Grilled Cheese - black bean hummus, guava jama, jalapenos on brioche, and the Mac n' Cheese - Gruyere, cheddar, smoked mozzarella, french beans, caramelized onions. You can view The Queen's Kickshaw's full menu here.