Help help me Chowhounds. The SO's family is from Quogue and we end up spending many weekends there starting at this time of year. I am consistently horrified by most of the places we go out to eat -- pretentious, overpriced, bad food, etc. I'm always amazed that food seems to be characterized by so many of the pseudo-sophisticated touches I associate with strip malls in truly remote areas of the country. After all, much of the clientele, restauranteurs and chefs in the Hamptons should be the exact same people who care so much about food in NYC.
I can accept that overpriced is part of the socio-economic landscape, but I find it hard to believe that the same "Island" that gives us Brooklyn and Queens is entirely devoid of interesting eats.
For example, are there no fresh fish places of the simple kind I enjoyed growing up on the Jersey Shore?
There is a huge Latino immigrant labor population in that area -- are there hole in the wall Mexican or South American places that my BF's family just wouldn't know about?
I absolutely don't care about sighting the Hiltons, or Puff Daddy. I'm just looking for food I don't feel dumb for eating! If you all tell me it's hopeless, we'll stick to barbequing at home!