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Jan 11, 2002 11:03 AM

Portuguese bakeries & southern breakfasts

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Hi, this is my first post and, before I ask my question, I just want to say that this website rocks! I've used it to find food supply stores for friends and restaurants for myself.

However, in my searches, I've not been able to find a place to get a really good southern breakfast (grits, slab bacon--yeah, yeah, I know, "the cholesterol!!--and other flavors of the south). I know about Carmichael's in Queens, but the last time I was there it just wasn't the same. Does anyone know any other choices?

Also, if anyone knows any good Portuguese bakeries in Queens or Manhattan, I 'd really appreciate the info.

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    The Pie Queen

    If you're ever in Brooklyn, I think Harvest on Court Street in Cobble Hill has great southern breakfasts. Their grits have the perfect amounts of butter and salt, their bacon is good, and their biscuits are delicious. They also have a special called the Tulsa that's too die for- a square of jalepeno cheese grits topped with eggs done any style and more cheese, with sweet red beans and bacon on the side.

    If you DO hear of a southern breakfast place in Queens, let me know! I moved here fairly recently too, and while there are enough diners to choke a hog, brunch spots are harder to find.

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    1. re: The Pie Queen

      Portuguese bakery: there's authenticity at a place on the west side of 6th Avenue mid-block near W. 19th St. (used to be called "O Padeiro"); you can't miss it because of the gorgeous azulejos (blue tiles) interior...the breads were formerly, and may yet be, imported from Texeira's bakery in the Ironbound...try the heavy 'BROA' bread and some plain 'pasteis da nata' (custard cups)...or, hop on the nearby PATH station and take a ride to Newark(Ferry Street)...Good Luck!

      1. re: Mike R.

        Actually the place that took over after O Padeiro is out of business now. I think its now a completely different (and not portuguese) restaurant.

        I miss O Padeiro's bread, especially the almond and raisin.

        1. re: Jayask

          Thanks for the input, guys. I'll definitely check out Harvest the next time I'm in Bklyn; sounds like just the ticket! As for the Portuguese, looks like I'm heading to Newark!!! :-)

          1. re: LornaM

            Option III: hop on the LIRR to Mineola & get to the intersection of Jericho Turnpike & Willis Avenue - there's a Portuguese grocery near the Southwest corner, wine shop, bakery & "Churrascarria Bairrada", a grilled marinated & butterflied chicken & fries place (actually have lots more on the menu) which puts this in the "mini-Newark" category...

            Sorry to hear about "O Padeiro"/successor!!! Are you SURE about that?

      2. re: The Pie Queen

        Isn't there a southern place (w/chicken and waffles and such) in Springfriend Gardens or therebouts called Charle's? I've never been there but saw the chef interviewed on a show once. I would think that they would have southern brunch stuff. Anyone know?