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Maple Tree BBQ in Riverhead

Scott_R | May 13, 2011 06:50 AM

After passing by this place countless times, I finally stopped in.

I was put off a bit by its unprepossessing looks. Inside it appears to be like any other roadside deli on Long Island--and I mean the sort where people stop in on the way to work for eggs on a roll and a cup of coffee, or a sandwich of mass-market cold cuts on presliced bread. The sign promoting Boar's Head meats didn't help.

But it's the BBQ menu--typed out on 8x10 sheets at the counter--that's the draw here. Don't do anything until you look it over (carefully: the selection is scattered about on different sheets).

I had the house-smoked pastrami on rye with a shmear of mustard (spicy brown, of course). The pastrami was moist, tender, and flavorsome.

I will absolutely be going back to try more--I hope things are consistently excellent from visit to visit and item to item.

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