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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Eating Out: Queen City Diner

Published in the Courier News, Thursday, August 23, 2007

[Eating Out]
Nothing could be finer
Queen City Diner in Plainfield has unique dishes

Ever on the move, Queen City Diner owner Brian Schoenberger, has added pizza to his menu. Ho hum, you say. Think again. He installed high tech pizza ovens, got a secret recipe for the dough and put together a very interesting pizza menu. Like the Boston Bean pizza.

I was really in a quandary about ordering the aforementioned. I mean really, Boston beans on pizza?Added to this mix are onions and salami, and I have to say the result is excellent.

The crust is almost wafer thin, something I can really go for. And as you can tell, the toppings are original to say the least. I loved the California ($9.75) a mix of scallions, barbecue chicken, peppers and barbecue sauce.This may sound odd, but it really works.

Donald Duck always like the Hawaiian pie which sounded grotesque to me, really, pineapple is a strange item, but with the Canadian bacon, once again, it works.

You can tame it down and just get a cheese pie for $7 or a Margherita ($9) with fresh mozzarella, fresh tomato sauce and basil. Or try the Popeye ($8.50) with spinach, ricotta and tomato.

Pizzas are about 12 inches in diameter and big enough for two, but of course you’ll want to try at least two so come hungry.

1324 South Avenue (between Leland Ave. and Terrill Rd.)
(908) 756-7900

HOURS: Mondays to Fridays 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
PAYMENT: Major credit cards.
DRESS: Casual.
ATMOSPHERE: Diner in strip mall that has been redone and spiffed up.
VALUE: Inexpensive.
FOOD: Upscale diner food, bordering on healthy, and now pizza! Also, check out the amazing buckwheat pancakes.
FAVORITE REPAST: Boston bean pizza (!) and a glass of the wine you brought.
By Lois Mattson

Transcribed by DD, story did not appear online.

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Anonymous said...

The Queen City Diner is fine for the masses, but for those of us who choose a compassionate life-style and a vegan diet, steer clear. There are basically very few options.

Anonymous said...

There are no real fresh home made dishes here. Most food is tossed in the deep fryer or grilled.In would be nice to see a fresh turky not the shiney deli cut.or a fresh roast beef not cold cuts