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East End Chow

Brad K. | Aug 6, 2001 01:18 PM

By request (from “not about food” board), here is my take on chowhounding in the "Hampton’s"

There are numerous opportunities. Realize that most people whom actually live or own homes there rarely venture out to the many overpriced, overhyped restaurants – particularly in the summer. These are for the day-trippers, tourists, autograph seekers or those who have a streak of masochism in them.

A few suggestions:

Breadzilla (in Wainscott, behind the seafood shop) – This is the granddaddy of East End chowhounding. Very little here that is not highly recommended. Here are a few of my faves: Bagels- theirs are completely from scratch, hand rolled (as opposed to a machine making the dough and then a human rolling them into shape). You can clearly taste the difference. Scone – try the raspberry choc. chip, or the ham and cheese scone. Sandwiches – try the grilled cheese (made with a sharp artisinal Penn. Cheddar, on sourdough), or the smoked ham (made on premises) on cheese bread, or the grilled chicken sandwich with blue cheese and crumbled bacon. All of their pies and tarts are great too. They also sell this great homemade (not by them though) gellato/sorbet (chocolate/raspberry, blood orange/campari…). Also try their buckeyes – rice krispie treat made w/ p. butter, dipped in chocolate!

Loaves/Fishes (Sagaponack) – yes, yes, obscenely overpriced, zillion dollar a pound lobster salad, etc… But they have a few great items (and some only so-so). Their cinnamon bread is the best I’ve ever had. Get it early in the am and the cinn. is still molten inside. Onion tart is terrific, good German sausages, chicken salad (w/ snap peas, arugula, asian dressing), and a really nice cheese selection.

Pike Farm stand (next to Loaves, in Sagaponack) – best farm stand . Not one of those cheesy farm stands with a giant blow up strawberry outside that sells tropical fruit. The real deal here – they grow almost everything they sell. The corn and tomatoes you get are picked within a few hours (or minutes) before you arrive. The orange cherry tomatoes are literally like candy.

Razzannos (in Bridgehampton Commons) – get there in the late am or early afternoon and they are making their own fresh mozzarella. The guy will hand it to you, still warm as it comes out of the water. Eat it within the hour and you will never look at mozz. the same again. They also make incredible olive bread (with cheese).

Levain bakery (Wainscott) – an overpriced NYC import, but they make these incredible choc. choc. chip cookies, which are more like eating a piece of very rich chocolate cake.

Espresso (Sag Harbor) – their specialty are sandwiches made on homemade focaccia – very good.

Turtle Crossing (E. Hampton) - respectable bbq, great hush puppies and try the grilled con on cob, dipped in cheese, covered in spices.

Tate’s (Southampton) – formerly Kathleen’s – all is good – standouts include crisp, brittle choc. chip cookies, croissants and their macaroons!

Briermere Farms (Riverhead) – it’s a hike to get there, but now that berries are in season try the raspberry peach pie or the blueberry crumb. Also their peach juice is good to mix with champagne or into white sangria.

If you must eat out, I like the new Almond (for pressed pork sanwich, french fries, mac n cheese, tuna nicoise, lardon salad); the Palm (good steak, great service, no attitude); and La Parmigiana (pizza w/broc. rabe and/or meatballs, linguine w/ w. clam and pesto sauce, tiramisu)

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