Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Another Local Eatery on TV

If you missed it, the awesome Jewish deli Ben's Best on Queens Blvd. in Rego Park was featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins, Dives last night. The segment, which must've been about 15 minutes or so long, was really entertaining and By God it made me want to have one of Ben's' delicious sandwiches! (My favorite is their combo - Turkey, Pastrami and Corned Beef on hero bread - it has fed many a party at my place and I have gotten raves about it!)

Now, why exactly Ben's was picked for a show called Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives I cannot tell you for it is neither diner, drive-in nor dive. But who cares - all I can think of is pastrami right now!

The show is on again this Wednesday at 11pm on Food Network. (I assume it will be the same episode as last night's but not 100 percent sure.)


  1. I think it clearly qualifies as a dive. Has anyone checked their past health inspections?

  2. ouch.

    Violations from 03/17/2011 Inspection
    Violation points: 22

    Violations were cited in the following area(s).

    Sanitary Violations
    1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
    2) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
    3) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
    4) Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.

  3. Yea, these violations do indeed look nasty and I am sorry to hear about them. I hope Ben's rectifies the situation very soon cause I for one do love their food! Violations or not, I've served their food to dozens of guests at parties over the past few years and everyone has always loved it and raved about it for weeks after. So dive? Nah, I still wouldn't agree with that.