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Having breakfast on Long Island

Scott_R | | May 13, 2010 07:20 AM

About once a week, I go out for breakfast.

For me this means more than scrambled eggs on a roll or a donut. I like to find interesting creations that I can sit and relax with (and I don't have much of a sweet tooth). I try places in part based on where I had to be at the time, part of a desire for variety.

Following, then, is a list of some of the more recent experiences; thoughts and comments are welcome:

Thomas' Ham and Eggery, Carle Place: is where I'm sitting right now; it's the second time I've managed to get here. I'm eating a disappointingly bland frittata with chicken sausage (they same homemade) and tomato and leek. I guess the watery coffee wasn't a good omen (though they must consider it precious, considering how difficult it is to get a refill). The waitress has one of the attitude where the customers are a necessary annoyance she must deal with to get through the day.

Jo Jo Apples in Lido Beach: a happily very different experience. The spicy corn frittata was very tasty; service was friendly. An omelet from a different visit was almost as good, and still several cuts above average.

Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck: I like this place quite a bit, but it's breakfast menu doesn't really equal its lunch. I've been going there once a month when I go out east to pick up a winter CSA share and, strangely, the breakfast specials have remained exactly the same since November (or maybe it was December). I always enjoy what I have here, though I wish there were more variety (especially as things like Banana Nut Pancakes with Nutella Maple syrup are way too sweet for me).

Tim's in Northport: another underwhelming breakfast: a mushroom/spinach/goat cheese omelet. The spinach consisted of flecks of green; it took me some checking to find the goat cheese, and I'm still unsure if there were mushrooms. All-told, a rather blah omelet (chewy rather than fluffy). I like crunchy bits when it comes to home fries, but these potatoes went rather overboard with that; aside from the flavor of carbon, they had little taste. Wait service was indifferent.

Park Avenue Grill (formerly Rebecca's) in Amityville: always a very pleasant breakfast in all ways, and a solid choice--the sort of no-brainer where I know I won't be disappointed.

Maureen's Kitchen in Smithtown: what can I say? Who doesn't know about this place?

Glen's Dinette: the poor service at this place has overwhelmed my memory of the food. One time I observed disgusting, unsanitary practices; the other (going back when it wasn't busy and I thought they'd be more careful) it was almost impossible to get service. No one refilled my coffee or asked how I was--the only time they came over was to take my order (I had to go up to the counter to get a bill--they were busy chatting).

Winnie's in Bay Shore: I had an awesome French-style omelet one day (disappointingly, they absolutely will not make omelets after 11:30). Pancakes didn't impress another time, thought that's more likely my tastes than anything they did (though I don't like sweets, every now and then I'm curious).

Cook Room in Middle Island: very nice omelet and home fries, friendly service. Wish there were more omelet choices, though.

Toast (Huntington): a place I've always been basically OK with. No complaints about what I've had (of course, it's been a while, so I don't REMEMBER any problems)--all well-executed--but I've never oohed about the choices. The "create an omelet" some places, like Toast, do doesn't impress me (It's like they're not trying to be creative), especially when the choices are pedestrian.

Mundays: been quite a while since I've been there; I remember being impressed with the French toast, but I don't recall not much more.

Sweet Mama's in Northport: a thumbs up. Interesting and delicious options, and I like that they put a little pot of coffee on the table so you can refill several cups on your own.

More places to come as I try them, or remember places I've been.