My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

When dinner service commenced at M. Wells, snow clung to the stunted bushes outside.

Now that we've heard the sad news that a rapacious landlord is kicking facsimile Montreal diner M. Wells out of its location on one of Long Island City's most obscure blocks, it's time to gaze back fondly at one year of wonderful dining.

I was in on the secret from the start, and after eating there six or seven times, I lost count. I couldn't do an actual review, because I knew co-owner Sarah Obraitis from a food expedition a couple of years ago. So I did the next best thing -- I took pictures and occasionally posted them on Fork in the Road.

Well, all good things must end, and it's always sooner than we would have liked. Yes, I know a new location is said be imminent, but I'll miss that hike up the trash-strewn subway steps, and furtive look over my shoulder as I dashed into the old streamlined diner.

Here, then, are my 20 favorite dishes, in reverse chronological order. Remember, the place was first open only for breakfast, then breakfast and lunch, and, finally, lunch and dinner, and it began with simple concepts and progressed to more complicated ones. I will never forget the food, or the excitement of eating it for the first time.

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

1. Banana cream pie with whipped cream

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

2. Caesar salad with smoked herring dressing

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

3. Pork chop with gnudi and mushroom soup

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

4. Escargot with marrow bones

 

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

A quiet afternoon moment inside the diner

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

5. One of the restaurant's signatures, a very gloppy egg-sausage breakfast sandwich

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

6. Seafood cobbler

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

7. Tortilla Española

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

8. Biscuit and butter with quince jelly

 

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

Making the rustic rural Quebecois meat pies called tourtières

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

9. Mixed-meat tourtière

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

10. Lamb-beef hamburger (early version)

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

11. Maple pie

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

12. Fried headcheese sandwich with gribiche sauce

 

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

13. Hubbard squash soup

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

14. Pickled pork tongue with mustard and homemade soda crackers

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

15. Heirloom tomato salad

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

16. Blood sausage

 

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

17. Brownie with vanilla frozen custard

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

18. An early M. Wells signature, pork sliders on Chinese steamed bao (photo by Tracy Van Dyk)

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

19. Steak tartare

My 20 Favorite Dishes at M. Wells

20. Bacalao, egg and potato hash

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M. Wells - Closed

21-17 49th Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101

718-425-6917

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