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An appetizer of skewered barbecue grilled shrimp at (Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

An appetizer of skewered barbecue grilled shrimp at Pretty Toni's Cafe in Valley Stream is smoky, lightly glazed and irresistible. (Nov. 16, 2012)

Pretty Toni's Cafe

Housed in a small, tastefully furnished spot in Valley Stream, Pretty Toni's Cafe takes a nontraditional, healthier approach to soul food, yet its comfort factor runs high.

Pretty Toni's Cafe in Valley Stream (Nov. 16,
(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

Pretty Toni's Cafe in Valley Stream (Nov. 16, 2012)

Pretty Toni's Cafe is tastefully furnished, with chocolate
(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

Pretty Toni's Cafe is tastefully furnished, with chocolate brown walls and accents of red and yellow. (Nov. 17, 2012)

Chef and co-owner Toni Clifton, preparing a red
(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

Chef and co-owner Toni Clifton, preparing a red velvet waffle, cooks with passion, heart and skill. (Nov. 16, 2012)

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A jazz duo performs at Pretty Toni's Cafe.
(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

A jazz duo performs at Pretty Toni's Cafe. (Nov. 16, 2012)

Pretty Toni's Cafe co-owner and manager Gary
(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

Pretty Toni's Cafe co-owner and manager Gary Clifton chats with a customer. (Nov. 17, 2012)

An appetizer of skewered barbecue grilled shrimp at
(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

An appetizer of skewered barbecue grilled shrimp at Pretty Toni's Cafe in Valley Stream is smoky, lightly glazed and irresistible. (Nov. 16, 2012)

Chef Toni Clifton's delectable fried chicken and red
(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

Chef Toni Clifton's delectable fried chicken and red velvet waffles (Nov. 16, 2012)

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