The Portly Villager
261 W. Main Street
Sayville, NY 11782
For some reason the sign promising Hearty Sandwiches and Ice Cold Beer drew me in. This friendly and neat roadside pub has cards where you can create your sandwich by filling out the appropriate check boxes. Any permutation you want is 8 bucks (they charge an extra dollar for bacon). The card encourages multiple selections and creativity. Here's what you can choose from:
Hero - Roll - Whole Wheat - Rye - White - Pumpernickel
Roast Beef - Turkey - Ham - Salami - Pastrami - Corned Beef - Bacon
American - Swiss - Provolone - Mozzarella
Lettuce - Tomatoes - Raw Onions - Sauerkraut - Hot Peppers - Roasted Peppers
Mustard - Mayo - Ketchup - Oil/Vin - Thousand Horseradish Sauce - Salt - Pepper
Natural - Heated - Toasted
They also have a board with specials. I got the Portly Villager, which was roast beef, havarti and horseradish sauce on toasted marble rye. It was indeed hearty, but more importantly it was a well constructed sandwich on good bread. Though full of an almost obscene amount of meat it held together the whole time I was eating it. Someone here is a serious sandwich slinger. The sandwich comes with potato chips (Lay's) and cole slaw, but I would ignore those and focus on the homemade popcorn they have out on the bar. I was lucky to be there as they were just putting it out. It's not the usual margarine drenched nightmare, but down to earth plain white salted popcorn. I've never felt as loved in a bar as when I first tried that popcorn.
I had a draft Smithwick's Ale to go with my sandwich. The sign doesn't lie the beer was ice cold. I'm no beer snob, but this probably isn't the best temperature for this beer (the frosted mug didn't help either). I didn't have time for it to warm up, so I drank and enjoyed it anyway. Seems like a fun place to hangout during drinking hours.