Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Sorry, Kitchen's Closed

Sad. Not sure when or why it closed. It still has the classic 50s look. People recall it was a great soul food diner at one time. The New York Times "Eating Out" gave a breakfast review back in 1998. Not that there was a ranking, but Carmichael's was number 3 on the list. We actually hope it'll make a comeback.

3. Carmichael's Diner
(718) 723-6908
117-08 Guy Brewer Boulevard, near Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica, Queens
$ Cash only

Carmichael's Diner is a classic, old-style rectangular diner with a counter that holds a fountain and glossy cakes under plastic domes. Booths are covered in orange vinyl, and each has its own jukebox. But ceiling fans keep things cool, the Formica tables and terrazzo floors are sparkling, and service is friendly and gracious.

This is one of the few places in New York where you can get slices of authentic country ham, tough, leathery and salty but wonderful with grits and red-eye gravy. Salmon croquettes, a Southern breakfast staple, are flat, meaty and delicious. Home fries are savory and biscuits are buttery. Go with an appetite.

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