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Say good morning to the Morning Rose Cafe, new for breakfast and lunch in Bellmore.
Owner Rose Tzanetos said she wanted her place to have a homey B&B ambience. White wainscoting, pale green walls and soft background music play into that. Although Tzanetos has chef certification from the Culinary Academy of Long Island in Syosset, the position of executive chef belongs to Roberto Baez, who formerly headed the kitchen of Wild Honey in Oyster Bay and also had a food truck (now retired) called Rollin' Cubans.
Everything served is fresh, nothing frozen or pre-made, Tzanetos said. Here’s a sampling of the menu: a Havana “hot brown” with slow-roasted Cuban pork, toasted brioche, Swiss cheese Mornay sauce, sunny side up egg and fried garlic pickles ($12); a grilled chorizo and garlic brioche Benedict ($13); fall caramel apple pancakes ($9); a classic Belgian waffle ($7); turkey stew ($7); citron salmon salad ($11); a Cuban Reuben ($9), and a picante blackened burger with pickled cherry peppers, avocado, queso blanco and honey chipotle sauce served with house-cut fries ($14).
Morning Rose Cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. It’s at 317 Bedford Ave., Bellmore, 516- 221-5010, morningrosecafe.com.