Tuesday, April 2, 2013
New Yummies from Sugarfreak
Since it's already been an exhausting week and it's only Tuesday, Dan and I decided to treat ourselves to something comforting and yummy. As it happens, he's never been to Sugarfreak, and I thought he'd really enjoy it, so we went for an impromptu dinner. Both of us tried new things that really impressed us and we walked out happy, satiated and eager to come back real soon. Here's what we enjoyed:
Crawfish/Shrimp Bisque - Dan spotted this on their specials menu and it sounded good. It was especially appropriate since the weather really cooled down, and we wanted something warm and comforting to perk us up. While the soup took a while to come out, it was pretty good. The broth was rich and hearty and had a real nice, warming spice to it. There were generous chunks of shrimp and crawfish inside that were fun to find and devour. But the best part was the buttery and still crunchy crouton that floated on top and really soaked up all that nice broth.
Chicken and Waffles - I'm a sucker for a classic chicken and waffles and like to compare this dish in different spots to see how it stacks up. While I'd say that the waffles here knocked it out of the park, the chicken was a bit on the dry side and I was expecting something on the bone rather than a breast. However, the rich bananas foster sauce that decked those beautiful waffles was a good way to get over the slightly dry chicken meat, and actually made the whole combination quite delectable. Although it was a hefty portion, we couldn't help but finish the whole thing.
Blackened Catfish Po Boy - Dan loved his choice of main and even though it looked huge, he kept talking about how light it was. I didn't believe him and took a bite only to share his experience. Each taste was real light and airy, the bun being a good vessel to hold the delicate fish, but at the same time, it wasn't too dense on its own either. The spicy Cajun flavorings brought it all together and the spicy mayo sauce that came as a side was a nice way to further jazz up this sandwich (or the fries that it came with).
Service and Cost:
Even though the restaurant was real busy, the service was attentive and our waitress checked on us quite a few times. She took notice of the fact that we were getting a wee bit impatient when waiting for our soup, and really helped to expedite things along. I like that she bought us a tasty shot of beer to make up for the wait, which didn't go unnoticed.
Costs are pretty fair for the generous portions and the good quality food.
The dinner I just described set us back about $72 in total, including drinks, tax and tip.
Sugarfreak - 36-18 30th Avenue, Astoria NY 11106
N/Q Train to 30th Avenue