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Cinquo de Mayo, Calverton, Long Island

Much better than a cross-Sound bridge (really: no irony intended).

Bacon Festival -Coram

And the award for the Most Ironic Feature at Bacon Fest: "Healthy Wraps"!

Having breakfast on Long Island

Sorry, was reading on the iPhone and missed the attribution.

Having breakfast on Long Island

This post just pretty much reiterates my main argument: if the food isn't at least good, why waste the time/money/calories? That doesn't mean it has to be a fancy/expensive place, just that the food has to justify going out. In the time it takes for me to drive back and forth to the place, not to mention ordering/waiting for the food, I could have whipped up something pretty grand.

When I drove cross-country 10+ years ago I had a rule: no chain restaurants. I camped out most locations, and if there was no "destination" for breakfast I'd make oatmeal or something on my camping stove, and if there was nothing memorable as I drove, it was a jar of peanut butter or a mylar packet of tuna for dinner. As a result, some when I did eat out, those destinations are some of the most memorable parts of the trip (including the best burger I've ever had in my life).

That bit about "NYTimes pseudo-intellectuals" was unnecessary and uncalled for.

Magic Taco, Islip Terrace

Alas, the place burned down early this morning.

What are the best foodie hotspots off of the Taconic.

Little note about Another Fork... I was there (again) this past August and ordered the "fresh handmade mozzarella –good olive oil, grilled bread, smoked sea salt" which is often but not always on the menu, and might be offered in variations.

This isn't a menu item I'd immediately gravitate to--no "ooh! Mozzarella!" I just happened to order it.

Simple as it might be, it was one of the most perfect things I've ever eaten.

Having breakfast on Long Island

Two updates:
I went back to Javier's Cafe in Smithtown. As compared to another place I like, Morning Rose Cafe in Bellmore, the omelets and coffee are better at Javier's, the corned beef hash (minus the hollandaise) and home fries are better at Morning Rose.

Newish: Rosie's Room on Broadway in Massapequa, a bakery/cafe. I don't know if they do lunch; their breakfast menu (attached) is modest. My omelet was nicely made.

What are the best foodie hotspots off of the Taconic.

Definitely Another Fork in the Road!
1215 Route 199
Milan, New York
(just a minute or two from the Taconic)

the menu changes regularly; here's the most recent one they put up:

fresh handmade mozzarella –good olive oil, grilled bread, smoked sea salt.......8
a toast-butternut squash, ricotta, walnut puree& smoked pepper......................9
a nice piece of cheese- “suffolk punch” - parish hill creamery, pine syrup & toast......8

a good local green salad–sky farms mesclun, radish &herbs................................8
fried cauliflower salad–walnut puree, capers, pickled red onions& parsley..............10
duck liver mousse–jerusalem artichoke chips, pickled mustard seeds & togaroshi chili........9
peeky toe crab–buttermilk, cucumber, poppy seed & meyer lemon...11
local fingerling salad –crème fraiche, smoked trout & baby arugula........................9
baby beet salad-baby mustard greens, brown butter, goat cheese, radish & hazelnuts..........10
farmers’s soup- root vegetable, escargot, pumpkin seed oil & baby mustard greens.....11
grilled leeks-smoked mussels & romesco sauce.............................11

grilled quail – charred red onion, boiled cider, crouton & frisee...................19
shrimp & grits-bacon, roasted tomato, shallots & baby mustard greens................19
chestnut gnocchi-rabbit bolognese, swiss chard, & romano..........................19
farrotto -wild and local mushrooms, baby bok choy poached egg & porcini broth..............17

& large.
grilled flank steak–potato gratin, caesar butter & swiss chard.................23
seared scallops-apple butter, carrots, beech mushrooms & mache.................23
grilled duck breast- red cabbage, butternut squash, turnips & mushrooms............23
brined pork loin-delicata squash, fig mustard and black kale............22
local trout-bacon, fingerling swiss chard,apple and bro wn butter...............23
pov farm lamb shank-soft polenta, black kale & salsa verde.....................24

ISO Merguez Sausage - Long Island

Ah heck! I literally drove right past that place today... I could have stopped in to ask.

New Thai in Great Neck !!!

Sure, but isn't the implication (if not literal meaning) of BYOB that the place doesn't have a license?

I should note that although it's not explicitly stated in the SLA link, letting people bring their own liquor (when you don't have a license) is actually a misdemeanor, so something the police would get involved in, not the liquor authority.

I'm of two minds whether to mention it to someone--my thought is that *I'd* like to know that I could get arrested for something that I had no idea was criminal, but I can see the reaction might just be one of annoyance.

New Thai in Great Neck !!!

Strange fact I hadn't known for a long time: BYOB is illegal in New York.



Latkes also freeze very well, if you want to make them well in advance. The only trick--whether they're made the night before or frozen--is that they do MUCH better reheated in an oven than in a microwave. I don't know what you have available to you in the office.


I don't know the Great Neck place, but I'd go with Zucker and stay away from Pearl's.

The Best Egg Sandwich... on Long Island - Southdown Coffee in Huntington

D'oh... scanned right past that. Good thing you pointed out about weekends-only. :)

Sunday Brunch Spot In (or Near) Farmingdale

Hey, I just think that $18 for eight items--and that's counting fruit salad and mini danishes--is a bit much, even if it comes with one Bloody Mary or mimosa (which doesn't do anything for me). The Black Forest Brew Haus's might be $7 more, but for that you get:
Bottomless Cups of Coffee, Tea, Juice & Soda
2 Mimosas, Sangria & Bloody Mary’s Per Guest
Smoked Salmon
Peel & Eat Shrimp
Carving Station
Waffle Station
Panini Station
Fresh Fruits and Cheese
Assorted Cold Salads
Bagels, Danish, Brownies
Whole Grain Breads
Croissants, Muffins & Scones
Assorted Cakes, Pies, Desserts
Hot Pretzels
Scrambled Eggs, Quiche
Sausage Links, Bacon
French Toast
Omelet’s made to order
10 Alternating Hot Entrees: Chicken, Pasta, Pork, Beef, Seafood and German Specialties
Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Having breakfast on Long Island

Took a chance and went back to Thomas' last week and it wasn't bad. I had the
"Fiesta Omelette": chorizo, onion, pepper & tomato served with home fries. Rather light on the chorizo but otherwise good enough.

Home fries were not as godawful as they were last time, though that's not saying much. They're the "chunky mashed potato" sort: mostly a shapeless mass but with chunks mixed in. I asked for mine to be well-done, and there was actually sort of a crust on it, more or less. Coffee was served in cups small enough that I thought maybe I should have my pinkie extended when picking it up.

I got there really early and so found parking. I still don't see what makes the place so popular.

Sunday Brunch Spot In (or Near) Farmingdale

Pricy for such modest offerings. I'd go a little further south to the places in Amityville (e.g., Cornucopia's Noshery, http://cornucopiasnoshery.com)

Food trucks in Long Island

I bought the "Say Cheese" sandwich--homemade macaroni cheese on the grilled cheese sandwich--for my niece (she's 23, so not a kid) and she enjoyed it quite a bit.

8 Appetizers You Won’t Believe Came Out of a Slow Cooker

I wouldn't believe it. I'd believe most meats should be served in a slow cooker, not cooked in one. Any sort of meat that doesn't require low-and-slow (i.e., stewing meat or any such with a lot of collagen) tastes better when cooked with higher heat so that the outside can get browned.

Nov 24, 2014
Scott_R in Features

Yay, more raw milk for Long Island

I toured the new barn during the North Fork Foodie Festival this past September. I've had apartments that weren't as nice.

Lil' Left Coast - Merrick

That's a shame; I'd hoped for better from the concept. I think I echoed your friend's sentiments about the torta grande in my above post.

Lil' Left Coast - Merrick

I've had some rather good eggs at the original (Left Coast Kitchen). No cellophane.

Lil' Left Coast - Merrick

Glad your experience was better than mine. My torta grande was truly atrocious; perhaps they were still sorting things out--though they still screwed up the egg on yours (in my experiences the hipster places have gotten the egg right, nice and creamy and runny).

The new Mesquite Tex Mex in Wading River, we totally love it

So Yelp has their hours wrong? Or maybe I'd searched for the Wading River location and Yelp returned the Sound Beach one....

You know, I've been teased here about my thing about a restaurant having their own website, but *this* is one example why it's a good thing.

The new Mesquite Tex Mex in Wading River, we totally love it

Sound Beach's hours, at least according to Yelp:

Mon Closed
Tue 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The new Mesquite Tex Mex in Wading River, we totally love it

Argh... out in Mastic today, all ready to go to Mesquite for lunch, but I happened to check the Yelp info (didn't see they had their own site) and it says they don't open until three today! Drat...

ISO Souvlaki on Long Island - GreeKrave

I'm guessing he was asking for personal experiences.

the Texas ranger in Freeport

Nothing can compete with memories.

Long Island steakhouses with the best fish

Just by process of elimination, had several "eh" experiences with fish at Blackstones in Melville.

Lil' Left Coast - Merrick

Just went there; I'm borderline at best about going back.

I'd decided to take my mother out to lunch, and so picked this place in part because they have the thin-crust pizzas (something she likes a lot).

Counter service only; lots of hard surfaces make the place noisy even when there are few customers (albeit, loud ones). Few seats; I think they'll need to make their money on takeout.

She ordered the "Sucha Mush" bar pie (roasted portobello,roasted potato, fontina, arugula, balsamic glaze) and I ordered the Torta Grande (sliced pork belly, ham, fried egg, cheddar, avocado, smokey green chile, jalapeno, slaw, gardiniera, and may), sans mayo.

The pizza took a LOONG time coming. The counterperson came over to apologize for that--the oven wasn't hot enough. When it came after 40 or so minutes the real problem of that too-cool oven was revealed. Seems like they didn't just wait for the oven to get hot enough and then put the pie in, but put it in and waited for it to finish. The result was a barely-done crust, the underside pale like a Ritz cracker.

A bigger issue was my Torta Grande. I guess it was made while they were waiting for the pizza and sat around a bit; I waited a bit longer for my mother to be served served, but it was taking so long that I opened it up (it was wrapped in foil and then paper) so it wouldn't get cold.

Too late, or perhaps it was too late when it was brought over. It was barely above room-temperature--the egg, cheese, and pork belly, I mean, not the bread or other parts not normally served hot. The cheese had congealed to a solid state. The egg, on the other hand, was the most-overdone fried egg I've ever been served. It was an example of how *not* to make a fried egg: it's not merely that it was overcooked for my taste (I want my eggs runny) or that the yolk was broken (it was, thoroughly; the whole thing was amoeba shaped), it was so overdone it was the color of well-toasted bread. The rest of the toppings were a mixed-together mess--were the smokey green chile or slaw even there? No idea. Two bites and I just left it.

To their credit, I find no fault with the counterpeople, who did what they could. When the person who took our order came over to apologize for the wait she offered drinks, then after further delay brought over a tray of chips and hummus. When another person came over to ask how things were and I replied that my food wasn't very good (I've given this reply maybe two, three times in my life) I was offered a replacement. I declined; by this point I wasn't hungry anymore.