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M. Wells Diner in LIC serves Timmy's Frozen Custard!!

janie Jul 17, 2010 09:04 PM

Was at Timmy's tonight--and asked him for the name of the place in LIC that was mentioned last visit...and he told me all about the great chef owner at M Wells Diner who's selling his custard and with interesting toppings I believe....Who's been to this new spot...saw a few mentions on yelp, and village voice blog...sounds interesting..please report if anyone has gone yet!!!
http://mwellsdiner.com/

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    jaingmaster RE: janie Jul 18, 2010 03:42 PM

    Haven't been yet, but planning a visit this week. The post on Edible Queens has a picture of an ice cream sandwich made with Timmy's custard:
    http://www.ediblecommunities.com/quee...

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      jaingmaster RE: jaingmaster Jul 20, 2010 08:16 PM

      I went for breakfast this morning, and it was very good. We tried quite a few things:
      Coffee: strong without being bitter. From Oslo in Brooklyn, which I'd never heard of before today.
      Doughnut: good flavor, but a bit too heavy for my liking.
      Bacalao (salt cod) hash: delicious. Very salty, of course, with finely shredded potatoes, peas, a poached egg, and hollandaise. I would have liked the egg white less runny, but that's the only complaint.
      Tortilla Espanola: a little oily, but well seasoned -- a little bit of lingering heat. Came with a nice piece of baguette.

      We wanted to try a biscuit and jam, but they weren't ready yet. Like everyone else, I'm looking forward to exploring the rest of the menu.

      A few non-food comments:
      Parking nearby is difficult. The Hunterspoint Ave stop on the 7 train is on the same block as the diner; next time I'll take the train rather than drive.
      The restaurant can get very hot, or at least it was at 7:30 AM when I was there. I can only imagine what it's like later in the day.

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      M. Wells Diner
      21-17 49th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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        janie RE: jaingmaster Jul 20, 2010 08:44 PM

        don't they have a/c?

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          jaingmaster RE: janie Jul 21, 2010 04:24 AM

          There were definitely AC vents in the ceiling, but as far as I could tell they weren't working. There was a large fan near the entrance that wasn't helping much. Maybe this is one of the kinks to be worked out before they expand to full service, or maybe I just picked a bad day/time. Anyone else have heat issues here?

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            ChiefHDB RE: jaingmaster Jul 21, 2010 04:30 AM

            I was dripping sweat. I didn't feel any ac at all. Whatever.

    2. Jeffsayyes RE: janie Jul 18, 2010 07:15 PM

      it's a very refreshing place. you should definitely check it out.

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        ChiefHDB RE: Jeffsayyes Jul 18, 2010 09:41 PM

        I'm pretty excited about this place. Definitely planning on checking it out this week.

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        saria RE: janie Jul 19, 2010 04:05 PM

        I was walking to the Jackson Heights farmers' market recently and passed a coffee bar that advertised Timmy's Frozen Custard as well. I forget the name now.
        I really want to visit M. Wells Diner though.

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          Jeffsayyes RE: saria Jul 19, 2010 05:28 PM

          probably espresso 77

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            saria RE: Jeffsayyes Jul 19, 2010 07:16 PM

            Yes, that's it! Hopefully these places using it will help keep Timmy's in business.

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              ravi_queens RE: saria Jul 21, 2010 08:18 AM

              ha! so glad to see that. i was chatting with the owners of timmy o's and i told them that they should totally distribute to espresso 77 in jh. they had never heard of the place, but they made me write it down. bravo timmys!

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          kathryn RE: janie Jul 19, 2010 10:31 PM

          Note that they are NOT open on weekends yet.

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            ChiefHDB RE: kathryn Jul 20, 2010 05:24 AM

            Yeah, Monday to Friday 9-3. I went yesterday and had the cubano, chicken skin fried chicken and a Timmy's Frozen Custard Banana shake. Good stuff, looking forward to trying the rest of the menu.

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              2slices RE: ChiefHDB Jul 20, 2010 10:04 AM

              woh, what's the chicken? Maybe I'll go today for lunch. Wish I could find a full menu online. I'm guessing it's changing to quickly?

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                ChiefHDB RE: 2slices Jul 20, 2010 12:56 PM

                Ah, correction, 7am-3-pm.

                2slices, I wanted to give you a substantive response earlier, but was busy finishing my own post on M Wells. Here's mine: http://lawandfood.blogspot.com/2010/0...

                From what I gathered, some of the menu changes daily. Anyway, here's what was on the menu I grabbed yesterday.

                egg sausage sandwich ($7), cheddar, tomato, pickled jalapeno, fat english muffin

                pan con tomate y jamon (5) fresh tomato, tennessee ham, baguette

                cubano (7) roasted pork, pickles, mortadella, cheese from quebec

                tortilla espanola (4) egg, potato, onion, (7) fresh peas, ham

                egg tomato pot (8) egg poached in tomato stew

                bacon egg and potato hash (7) with greens, with bacalao subbing for bacon (9

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                hot dog (5) savoy cole slaw

                chicken skin fried chicken (9) mayo dip

                creton (5) pork terrine

                pickled pork tongue (4) mustard, soda crackers

                beef tartar (8)

                There's also lots of desserts.

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                  2slices RE: ChiefHDB Jul 21, 2010 09:48 AM

                  Thanks, i actually ended up just going. Had the Egg and Sausage sandwich and it was really good, but not mind blowing. However sausage egg sandwiches never blow my mind. Would've preferred it on a biscuit. IMO Eggs Benedict is the barometer for an exceptional breakfast.

                  I was leaning towards the pan con tomate y jamon and wish I had gotten that, it's more of a lunch item which I think is what I really wanted, but didn't seem interesting enough.

                  I Will definitely go back to try more things. This isn't a negative review, I'm just not amazed yet.

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                    ChiefHDB RE: 2slices Jul 21, 2010 10:10 AM

                    Right, I wouldn't say I was amazed...more intrigued. I'll probably go back in the next week or two to try more of the menu, but I'm really looking forward to their dinner service.

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            brooklyndude RE: janie Jul 20, 2010 05:46 PM

            I had the Cubano and a Custard for lunch today. The cubano was great, all the ingredients were good with the highlight being the ham and the mustard. The bread was nice to, it tasted like it had been made in house.

            Really excited for them to start offering dinner.

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            M. Wells Diner
            21-17 49th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

            1. jeremyhfisher RE: janie Jul 22, 2010 01:19 PM

              I went last week and thought the food was really good (got the bacalao hash and a doughnut). Food- and ambiance-wise, it reminded me a lot of Canteen in San Francisco (a gastronomically ambitious restaurant housed in a hotel coffee shop), but with less pretension. The crowd was composed of construction workers, retirees, a family (they looked like tourists), and some neighborhood office workers. In other words, the same crowd you'd expect to find at a typical neighborhood diner. I suppose that's what you get when your whole menu is priced <$10 and you're located in LIC, but any place that's serving well executed and, in some cases, exciting food to "regular" folks is a gem in my book.

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              M. Wells Diner
              21-17 49th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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                2slices RE: jeremyhfisher Jul 22, 2010 01:21 PM

                I work near there and the last incarnation of that place was too awful, even for a seasoned NY coffee shop goer.

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                  janie RE: 2slices Aug 14, 2010 09:04 PM

                  7online neighborhood eats featured m.wells diner on friday, here's the link...
                  http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=...

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                brooklyndude RE: janie Aug 16, 2010 08:39 PM

                The creamsicle that M Wells offers is pretty tasty. Just a Boylans orange soda and that custard, but boy did it hit the spot.

                The menu is larger than it was a few weeks ago, really looking forward to dinner service.

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