Thirst Quenchers Cyber Cafe
216-18 Jamaica Ave.,
Queens Village, 740-6678
HOURS: Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tues. 7:30 a.m. to 2
p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CASH ONLY: Temporarily
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes
Amidst the flurry of shoppers, commuters, and visitors in the heart of
Queens Village is a warm and friendly retreat of traditional southern comfort with techno
Upon entering the café, diners feel at home even before tasting the
hearty fare when they sit on plump leather couches with a selection of magazines at their
Then they can click onto one of the two state-of-the art computers with
high-speed access and available printer.
Soft lights and dressed tables were the next feel of comfort, until
owner, Dealia Gwaltney explained that her way of cooking and her way of life are
"I was always the cook in the family," she said, "so
when I retired from State civil service in 1997, I wanted a new millennium venture
centered around old-style southern cuisine."
And since May of last year with her daughter and partner,
Michelle she cooks traditional breakfast varieties, including sage sausage, grits
and gravy, pork bacon, eggs, and old fashioned Johnny cakes, while her son, Michael, waits
tables, and oversees marketing and technology.
My companion and I left the lunch choices to Gwaltney, who suggested
the house favorites, hearty beef stew and yellow rice with carrots and potatoes ($5.99
lunch), and barbeque baby backed ribs ($9.99 dinner).
Both selections were tender and savory, well presented, generously
apportioned, and served with fresh corn bread.
"The secret is in the sauce," Gwaltney confided. "I use
sun-dried tomatoes as part of the stock for my beef stew, and natural herbs with a touch
of mild crushed pepper for the ribs."
All foods are prepared with natural herbs and spices and luncheon
specials at $5.99 include turkey wings, chili, pepper steak, and baked chicken, all served
with rice. Sandwiches and fish selections are available.
In addition to traditional southern dinner choices, sides include
macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, and the chefs special herbed
But, the impossible to resist desserts sitting on the long seating
counter called to us, so we choose the fresh pineapple coconut cake with vanilla frosting
($3) before it was snatched up by other diners, and the sinful double chocolate fudge cake
With soft jazz from the the 32 inch music/TV screen, the Thirst
Quenchers Cyber Cafe is on my list of recommended new spots around Queens.