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New in Williston Park: Toast & Jamz

Toast N Jamz opened in Williston Park in

Toast N Jamz opened in Williston Park in late 2010. (Credit: Joan Reminick)

It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The cheery new Toast & Jamz in Williston Park specializes in that meal – and lunch as well. It opened just after Thanksgiving in the former digs of Nick & Charley Steakhouse.

Co-owners Doug and Dianna  Williams come from different backgrounds: He was working in the oil business; she was a waitress at Maureen’s Kitchen in Smithtown (possibly the busiest breakfast spot on LI). Check out T&J menu, and you’ll find baked oatmeal, a Maureen’s specialty.

At a recent breakfast, I was wowed by ultralight pumpkin walnut pancakes ($6.95 for three). A Cheddar, bacon and potato omelet ($. 8.50) was a heartier alternative; had the potatoes been cut thinner, the dish would have been ideal.

The most popular lunch item, I’m told, is a grilled chicken panino with sauteed spinach, roasted red peppers and caramelized onions ($8.95).

Future plans include opening for a “comfort food” dinner menu Thursday to Saturday nights. Live music  may be in the cards, too.

Toast & Jamz is at 432 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, 516-280-4102.

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