Studies in Restaurant Versatility: Lorabie Bakery & Cafe
Lorabie Bakery & Cafe is a cheap eats landmark on Kissena Boulevard in Flushing.
Sometimes, high real estate costs make diversification and maximum use of a space necessary parts of staying in business, but never have we seen such an extreme case as Lorabie Bakery & Cafe. Below, we parse out the signs in the windows to get an idea of the complete menu--which expands the potential patronage of the cafe to nearly everyone living in the neighborhood, or just passing through, as I was.
The awning offers baked goods (symbolized by a doughnut, or maybe it's a bagel), fresh sushi (as opposed to stale sushi?), and something called "wingo wings," which look more like wingo drumsticks to me.
The cafe also serves as a premises for a restaurant called Sahara, which, despite the African name, specializes in halal tandoori.
That same sub-restaurant apparently presents its food in a buffet.
Lorabie, of course, is a good place to dash in and score a cup of coffee.
Like the awning says, fresh sushi is one of the cafe's signal products.
Baked good are undoubtedly available, including cakes and "well being breads."
During Ramadan, a special iftar box was furnished for sundown fast-breaking purposes.
Strangest of all, perhaps, are the stabs at fusing the various cuisines, as in this advertised special of a naan teriyaki wrap, which curdles the blood of the culinary anthropologist. Free samples offered!
Finally, there are Circus Man frozen pops and what look like Taiwanese shaved ices for dessert.
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