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Anton's in Croton

Elisa515 | Apr 17, 2011 03:50 PM

Anton's is a new restaurant in Croton (been open a couple months, I think), next door to Umami. It's in the space that used to house the second incarnation of Elmer Suds and, more recently, the briefly open Riverside Four.

Anton's serves only breakfast and lunch and is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Mondays. They have a small bar area and seem to be waiting to get a liquor license (or at least beer and wine), so I'm not sure if they plan to be open evenings or just available for special events or what.

I've been there twice for lunch, and both times the food has been really good. The first time was on a weekday, and the place was quite busy (not overbusy), which was encouraging. I had the Argentinian Burger, which is a half-pound hamburger with Manchego cheese, chimichurri sauce, tomato, red onion, on a very nice roll (maybe a brioche, definitely had some egg in it) with a side salad. Delicious! So delicious that I ended up sharing one when I was there yesterday.

My son had the barbeque pork sandwich, which was served on a wedge. The meat more like a Latin American pork shoulder than pulled pork, and it's served with a chipotle mayonnaise. My son doesn't like mayonnaise, so he asked them not to put it on the sandwich. When it was served, the manager (owner maybe?) came over and insisted on bringing some pickled jalapenos for heat, which my son was glad to add to his sandwich, and then he also brought some of the mayonnaise so we could taste it. Clearly he was very proud of it, and I (who would gladly eat mayonnaise by the spoonful) thought it was quite tasty with a huge kick of hotness.

The sandwiches were just under $10 each. My son also had the sweet potato fries ($2 extra with sandwiches) and they were cooked perfectly. Fresh, creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside. A dip in chipotle mayonnaise made them even more yummy.

Yesterday we went in the late afternoon, it was a bit quieter. My husband and I shared the Argentinian burger and also a Jamon Serrano sandwich. It's basically the Spanish version of prosciutto, served with Manchego cheese and roasted peppers. It was delicious, although I'm not sure the amount of filling was enough to stand up to the rather substantial roll. This is more of a quibble than a complaint, and honestly I'd be glad to have another one of them any time it was available.

I'm interested in hearing the experience of others at this restaurant. The staff is quite nice, unintrusive but attentive. I'm looking forward to working my way through the menu (there were some very nice looking salads that will be welcome as the weather improves). I have no idea what the breakfasts are like, but I bet they're good!

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