Queens Comfort

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So, I’d been hearing a lot about this place for a number of months. And, as it usually happens with my schedule, and the intricate  formula that is, “it’ll take me X amount of time to get there + my schedule is Y = damn, I’m not going to make it”, I haven’t been able to go. Until now! Ok, let me clarify, I went, but “Y” informed me that I didn’t have a lot of time, so, I got some treats to-go from Queens Comfort in Astoria, Queens.

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Now, this unassuming restaurant always has a healthy wait during brunch, which, is when my schedule allowed me to make it over. So, you know they’re doing something right. I’ve promised myself that I will make it back for a proper sit-down meal, because the menu looks awesome. But, in the meantime, I got my fix with a couple baked goods from their resident baker, dubbed the Donut Diva. And, the name is very fitting, since, she knows how to make a delicious treat. First, I had the cookie of that day (often a different flavor, or rotating flavors, so, check their social media, or, just be a sport, since, it’s probably going to be awesome no matter what flavor it is), which was Snickerdoodle Rolo. I’d like to consider myself somewhat of a cookie connoisseur, I’ve eaten a ton and know what I like, and, well, what I know I’ll be staying away from. This cookie, was legit. Generously sized, it really has the perfect combination that I love of a slightly crisp outside and edges, and a soft, almost under-baked center, making it soft, chewy, and melts in your mouth. The flavors were great, and you get these awesome bites with gooey caramel from the Rolo candies. Even though it’s a cookie, with candy inside, it’s not too sweet, which, makes it all too easy to house the entire thing. But, what are you saving it for anyway?

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Then, I had to get a donut from the Donut Diva (because, what the hell sense would it make if I didn’t?). Now, the donuts are primarily only available on the weekends, which, even though I knew about the brunch lines, I had to go for the donut. And, just like the cookies, there’s likely to be a different flavor each time. So, you just have to be up for the adventure, or, check Instagram to see what’s on tap before you go. When I went, they had Candy Corn Marshmallow. Now, I’m a candy person, so, I love candy corn, but I realize it’s one of those polarizing candies. Luckily for me, it’s all positive. The cake donut itself is also generous in size, and had the candy corn within the donut’s batter itself. The cake is great, it’s a little crisp on the outside, nice and golden, and tastes just like a griddle cake. Then, there was a marshmallow-esc glaze on the outside, giving it a nice delicate compliment to the donut and candy corn. And, one of the best parts is the waste-free zone. I hate waste, and apparently these guys understand, so each donut is complete with its own donut hole on top. Adorable. And, somewhat of a bonus dessert. Again, like the cookie, while the donut looks intense, it’s not overly sweet, also allowing me to stuff the entire thing in my face and not feeling a gross sugar rush. 

The Shorts:
Name: Queens Comfort
Location: 40-09 30th Avenue, Queens
The Long and The Short: Would I go back? Definitely. I mean, I need to go for a meal there, but, even if that’s not in the cards, the donuts and cookies are worth a trip back.
Would I recommend it? Yes. If you’re lucky enough to carve out some time for brunch, get there early and beat the big wait. If not, they’re open for lunch and dinner during the week as well.

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Sublime Doughnuts

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Alright, so, if you read my posts, you know that I love doughnuts. If you don’t, well, now you do. Literally every state that I travel to, I have to at least make one doughnut stop. And, bless their hearts, I’m not talking about Dunkin’ (although, I’m not elitist enough to be above them, they’re still super delicious), I mean local, independent shops, showcasing their finest. So, I had to put my doughnut pants on (usually with a forgiving waistband) and head over to Sublime Doughnuts in Atlanta.

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Located in a somewhat unassuming little strip-mall-like plaza, these guys are serving up a combination of unique doughnuts made of yeast and some fritters. And, the décor is something to take note of too, from the large cartoon-like graffiti wall, to the doughnut pillows on their couches, and all the doughnut themed merch.

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They had so many doughnuts to choose from, that I had to restrain myself. I knew I’d be able to eat a ton, especially since they’re really affordable, but, you know, I gotta keep a little self control. So, I went for a fearsome threesome. First, I had the Chocolate Banana Fritter. The fritter itself was light, yet moist (ugh, I really hate that word), and had an excellent, subtle, banana flavor. Topped with some chocolate drizzle, you really can’t lose with this one.

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Next, I had the Butterfinger, which was a special that day. It’s tough not to enjoy this one. I mean, you’ve got a candy bar inspired, deliciously light, and slightly chewy yeast doughnut, that’s dipped in chocolate and topped with crushed up Butterfinger bars. What. Is. Happening. In. My. Mouth? A party, that’s what.

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Finally, I had the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. So, yeah, I love candy, and this was a no-brainer. Luckily, it was also ridiculous, probably being my favorite one. Again, it starts with a delicious yeast doughnut. Then, it’s dipped in a milk chocolate, and filled with little pool of Reese’s style peanut butter. If that’s not enough, you get little chunks of the PB cups on top, because, you know, Reese’s. It’s simple, yet brilliant, and crazy good.

The Shorts:
Name: Sublime Doughnuts
Location: 535 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Do fish need water? Hell yeah, that laundry list of doughnuts needs me to check them off one by one (or 5 by 5, or, whatever).
Would I recommend it? Totally. They actually have plenty of room there to sit and hang out, so, if you feel the urge to try a lot, but want to pace yourself, grab a seat or couch, and go for the doughnut marathon, not the sprint.