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Cedarhurst Cafe

Diners linger over lunch at Cedarhurst Cafe in

Diners linger over lunch at Cedarhurst Cafe in Cedarhurst. (March 9, 2012) Photo Credit: Agaton Strom


John Cordoba, the Costa Rican-born co-owner of Cedarhurst Cafe, is something of a mad scientist when it comes to salads -- and his clientele wouldn't have it any other way.

Lunchtime, his eatery by the LIRR station is usually packed with a hard-core, salad-scarfing set. Hardly dietetic "rabbit food," these are substantial bowls of food, classifiable as both creative and offbeat. --Joan Reminick

Diners linger over lunch at Cedarhurst Cafe in
Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

Diners linger over lunch at Cedarhurst Cafe in Cedarhurst. (March 9, 2012)

Chef John Cordoba prepares orders in the kitchen
Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

Chef John Cordoba prepares orders in the kitchen of his restaurant, Cedarhurst Cafe, in Cedarhurst. (March 9, 2012)

Chef John Cordoba prepares orders in the kitchen
Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

Chef John Cordoba prepares orders in the kitchen of his restaurant, Cedarhurst Cafe, in Cedarhurst. (March 9, 2012)

Vegetables are cut and ready for plates in
Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

Vegetables are cut and ready for plates in the kitchen at Cedarhurst Cafe in Cedarhurst. (March 9, 2012)

The Cuban sandwich served with potato wedges at
Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

The Cuban sandwich served with potato wedges at Cedarhurst Cafe in Cedarhurst. (March 9, 2012)

Maine lobster tail salad with lemon vinaigrette at
Photo Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick

Maine lobster tail salad with lemon vinaigrette at Cedarhurst Cafe in Cedarhurst. (Feburary 2012)

Spinach portobello burger is served with salad at
Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

Spinach portobello burger is served with salad at Cedarhurst Cafe in Cedarhurst. (March 9, 2012)

The Cuban sandwich is served with potato wedges
Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

The Cuban sandwich is served with potato wedges at Cedarhurst Cafe in Cedarhurst. (March 9, 2012)

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