Just recently, I went to a place which I have not been to in a long time. La Flor, located on Roosevelt avenue in Woodside, NY, is a corner bakery and cafe that serves Mexican fusion cuisine. The first time I went to La Flor was about 8 years ago with my friend Kathy who lived near by. As a result, La Flor became the hot spot for our group of friends to celebrate birthdays or just meet up. Today, even though the friends have moved away and the group dynamic has changed, I still think of La Flor whenever I am in Queens. So, I decided to swing by the old place and taste the memories from the past.
The exterior of the restaurant is quite unique. With painted flowers on the windows and a mosaic facade that can remind one of Gaudi's Parc Guell in Barcelona, this place is hard to miss.
As you walk through the curtained entrance, you see straight ahead a long counter that works as a barrier between the dining area and the kitchen. The design of the counter is the same as the outside of the restaurant, with broken dishes and tiles creating it's own scheme. The open kitchen is a nice touch to the ambience and patrons have the advantage of seeing chef Viko Ortega hard at work.
I sat at my table and noticed that the ambience had not changed. This was good news to me because I was hoping that the menu had not changed. When I looked down at the menu, I saw what I wanted.
Quesadilla de Camaron... mmmmm... What a memorable dish. I have not been able to find another meal like it. Unlike most quesadillas (or 'quesadilas' as it is pronounced in Napoleon Dynamite), Chef Ortega's quesadillas are served on a bed of mashed potatoes. The tortillas are made fresh and topped with a red and green salsa. Within the quesadilla, you can choose from beef, vegetables and more.
My quesadilla was filled with shrimp, roasted pepper and cheese.
It is amazing how the sense of taste can bring back memories that seemed lost and forgotten. From the first taste I knew that needed to make more regular visits to La Flor. If you happen to be in this part of Queens (or taking the 7 train), take the stop at La Flor. Trust me, it can easily become a regular spot.