After little luck in scoring a table this past Satruday night at Star Boggs before 10:30pm, we headed to a tiny shack-like place called F.O.O.D. (first order of the day)on Montauk Hwy in of all places.... Hampton Bays.
A first glance I felt we transposed ourselves to the set of Little House on the Prairie (gone 1940's beach cottage), but the atmosphere quickly grew on me. Not more than 10 tables or so, a bar that seats about four and a slanted roofline that would knock out anyone over 5'11 at its lowest points, but the charm of this place made me want the food to be so great that I would come back again and again.
The staff and owner are Brazilian who winter in South Beach, so I anticipated a brazilian/latino themed menu. To my surprise the menu was quite lengthy in its choices and diverse in it's cuisine.
For starters, I chose the frisee with lardon and blue cheese which was warm and had the perfect balance of salty and crispy. Others chose onion soup, tuna tartare, crab cake and another mixed salad. Other than the crab cake not living up to Star's perfection we gave everything else two thumbs up.
For dinner I chose the fettucine with spicy seafood. It was a huge bowl of steaming pasta in a tomato and chopped clam sauce topped with lobster, mussels and shrimp. It was truly perfect. Other winners were the short ribs with garlic mash and shrimp and scallops over a risotto paella. YUM!
Although too full for dessert, we went with one order of molten choc cake with tahitian vanilla ice cream. My sister, the desset expert, was quite impressed.
Now, I promised my family not to write this until the end of the Summer so we can actually get a table on weekends, but I found it in my heart to allow your stomach's to feel the pleasure that ours did as we walked out grinning from ear to ear in food bliss.
Run to this place b/c I have a feeling it's going to be the next place where you will only be able to get a "6 or 10:30 reservation". But try to keep it on the down-lo. Goodbye Stone Creek Inn, See ya Star Bogg, Adios Nick and Tony's ..........FOOD is open for business and they are not fooling around!