by Julie Besonen, 08/14/2012
Smoked salmon omelet. Photo: Jeannette Ortega
53-02 Roosevelt Ave., 718-426-8023, Woodside, Queens
La Flor is decorated with framed blowups of its Zagat rating—25 points—but is otherwise surprisingly unassuming. It's a humble café, where you'll hear more Spanish than English, under the 7 line's elevated subway tracks. Chef/owner Viko Ortega is a baking wizard who makes remarkable muffins, sweet breads, tres leches cake and pizza. His daily breakfast menu of Mexican and Continental items (scrambled eggs tostada, bourbon vanilla French toast) is supplemented on weekends by brunch specials like a smoked salmon omelet with Brie, or a hefty slice of potato cake layered with ham and mozzarella. Irish immigrants used to dominate Woodside, so in a nod to neighborhood history, Ortega also bangs out a full Irish breakfast.