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Sweet Afton

hungryhungryjones | Sep 3, 2009 10:22 PM

At 30-09 34th Street, in Astoria. My sister and I went there. I ordered the house beer, which was by Kelso, but not the one on the menu. This beer was something light and wheaty, definitely lacking the maltiness I love about Belgian-style beer. My sister doesn't like the taste of booze, and she ordered the sweet tea, which she loved (the ginger lightly hid the booziness without being overwhelming). We also got the fried pickles to start. I'm not normally a fried pickle fan, but these were quite good, with just the right amount of pickle flavor and crunch and not too much or too little breading. She ordered the grilled cheese with NY aged cheddar and bacon, and I got the Mac & Cheese. The grilled cheese I thought was slightly above average, nothing to sing about, but the macaroni was delicious. Served bubbling hot in a cast iron skillet, every bite was delectable. The cheese combination they selected was the perfect blend of textures and tastes, from the soft, gooey gruyere to the chewy melted cheddar.

To top it off, the decor was fabulous. the odd booths and dim lighting juxtaposed with the renovated wood and exposed brick and ceilings, combined with minimalist candle displays and an open kitchen. There was also a patio which was closed when we came. Go early to avoid the crowd.

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