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Jul 11, 2007 09:00 AM

Corona Queens

Heading out to visit the Louie Armstrong House next week and will be taking the 7 train to the 103rd street stop. After getting all excited to eat at the Corona Heights Pork Store, I now see it is closed. Any other chow worthy options in the area for lunch? And please do tell me that the Lemon Ice King is still open? TIA

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  1. I just wanted to chime in with admiration for Satchmo and do a little scatting here to myself . Satchel Mouth --->

    Try to get over to Flushing or Jackson Heights for lunch or try even Sunnyside. I'd hop on a bus from Corona and go to (fill_in_the_blank_location), eat somewhere, then duck into the 7 real quick all on one fare. This might help you figure out how best to perform this task within that 2 hour MTA window --->

    1. Lunch @ Leo's Latticini
      Eat your hero in Spaghetti Park and then have an ice from Benfaremo's, the Lemon Ice King of Corona.
      Leo's closes early so call to make sure they'll be there.

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      1. re: johnk

        Thanks for the tip, did a search and the sandwiches from Leo's look great!

        1. re: offtheeatenpath

          They have specials everyday.
          If available, try the roast pork hero.

          1. re: johnk

            I think the roast pork hero is a thursday special. and so worth the trip!!!

            1. re: mshpook

              Do you know what time they close on Thursdays? TIA

              1. re: welle

                The one thing I know for certain is that their specials tend to run out pretty quickly, so I always try to get there early. I wouldn't necessarily count on them having any of the specials still available too near closing time.

              2. re: mshpook

                I found the below link that lists the menu and specials and according to one blog, they are open to 5 PM most days (closed Monday's).I have no idea of the veracity of those two sites.

                Ed Devine in the Sept. '06 Details magazine called the roast turkey, mozzarela and brown gravy as one of the "22 sandwiches that will change your life".

          2. re: johnk

            They also close for vacation. Last year at about this time (July 19 to be exact) I wanted to buy sandwiches for a Yankee day game outing but was disappointed to find out they were on vacation (a well deserved one I am sure):)

            1. re: esyle

              Maybe because Mets were playing away games after the All-star break - this weekend Mets are playing home.

              1. re: esyle

                They closed July 1-10 this year, so you are good to go.

            2. i'm making this same trip this upcoming friday to corona! since i'm relocating to ohio at the beginning of next month, i'm really looking for some destination treats from all over the neighborhood.

              i will definitely visit leo's for some fantastic sandwiches, but i'd like to snack/snarf down other treats as well. does anyone have recommendations for non-italian fare? i hear corona is known for its latin american cuisine so any suggestions along these lines would be very much appreciated.


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              1. re: shmack

                Search the Outer Boroughs boards for "Corona".

                Here's something also:

              2. The Lemon Ice King and Corona Pizza (both of my mother's childhood) are still very much open! Corona pizza has dropped a tiny tiny bit in quality, but I still think they've got a good Sicilian for a neighborhood place. Try the local Colombian fair now. Empanadas del Parque has pretty good empanadas on van Doren. That mafiatastic restaurant on the park is still open too.

                1. These have been my familiar favorite eats in Corona since I was in HS:

                  TULCINGO is a family style restaurant a couple of blocks from the 103rd station that serves delicious tostadas, tortas, tacos and soup. Everyone seems to get the shrimp cocktail and tacos. I've never had a bad meal there. I often get takeout from there when I'm visiting my parents. (4036 National St)

                  Across the street from the restaurant is the TULCINGO DELI (next to a sneaker store) owned by the same family. Besides groceries, freshly baked sweet bread and self-serve chicharrones, they have this bomb ass champurrado ($1.50 small cup / $3 large) that's heaven in a cup on cold days. (40-19 National Street)

                  POLLO CAMPERO is a newish, very popular fried chicken fast food place. The chicken is more like korean fried chicken than popeyes or colonel sanders. That would be a nice place to try out too! (103-16 Roosevelt Ave.)

                  Finally, there's a Columbian bakery across the street from Tulcingo restaurant called something like "Antioquena Bakery" that has excellent cheese bread (bread with cheese or cheese+ham inside), chorizo, chicharrones, empanadas.