Tarrytown’s current hound hangout is Mint Premium Foods, a cozy, crowded shop that stocks top-shelf cheeses, chocolates, cured meats, olives, breads, and other edibles.

Prepared foods are first rate; best of all is the knockout octopus salad. Also recommended: rotisserie chicken, curry chicken, wheat berry salad, and glazed apricots. pinkyswore’s recent snack-time obsession is Valrhona hot chocolate with olive oil flatbread. And brew hounds appreciate the wide selection of Belgian (and Belgian-style) beers, including Unibroue’s end-times-worthy La Fin du Monde.

Moroccan chef-owner Hassan Jarane, a congenial fellow generous with free samples, has his eye on bigger things: a restaurant up near the Kykuit estate in Sleepy Hollow, which he hopes to open by late summer.

Mint Premium Foods [Westchester County]
18 Main Street (between Broadway and Washington), Tarrytown, NY

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