Tuesday, May 29, 2012
It’s difficult for a foodie not to fall in love with Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck. Located on the quaint and romantic Love Lane, this casual café atmosphere eatery is serving up French bistro and Italian trattorria style favorites that will have you craving more! Whether you are on your way to the wineries or strawberry picking with the family, Love Lane Kitchen is a must hit pit-stop for Long Islanders this summer.
We decided to share a Vegetable Quesadilla and a Lobster Roll. The Vegetable Quesadilla included a crisp, fresh medley of roasted vegetables with Jack cheese, between two flour tortillas served with guacamole & cilantro sour cream. I must say, it was one of the best quesadillas I’ve ever ordered, and I’m a Mexican food junky. The trendy, bistro style twist was definitely a home run!
Love Lane is quickly gaining local buzz as having one the best lobster rolls on the North Fork, if not the entire Island. And guess what? One bite into this heavenly sandwich confirms why. The fresh lobster meat served on a warm open roll with just the right mix of mayo and seasonings makes this sandwich one to write home about (or blog about in our case).
Side note: both the Sweet Potato Fries served with spicy chipotle mayonnaise and the Garlic Fries are dangerously addicting – beware! I’ve also had breakfast here… the Pancakes, French Toast and Applewood Smoked Bacon are all divine. No matter the time of day, you can’t go wrong at Love Lane Kitchen.
To pull off their diverse, unique menu is no easy task. But Love Lane Kitchen does so with flying colors. There’s no doubt, Love Lane Kitchen is EXCEPTIONAL! Thus, it receives 5 out of 5 Mints on the Dinner Mint Scale.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Nevertheless, for a relaxing charming little dinner for two, Alex and I agree that Walk Street is an ideal selection! Additionally, the restaurant’s location on the quaint, “small town America” 7th Street, doesn’t hurt the curb appeal of this restaurant and bar. Keep in mind Sundays are “bring your own bottle of wine,” Mondays are “half-off wine by the bottle night” and Fridays include LIVE entertainment! Take advantage of Walk Street’s outdoor seating in the summer sun for a delightful lunch as well – it’s a real treat!
Before we even had a chance to order our appetizer, Alex and I were already obsessing over Walk Street’s bread basket (clearly the sign of a strong start!). It was a warm and fresh assortment of various rolls, crackers and breadsticks including raisin bread rolls and a thick doughy roll that tastes like a pretzel you might find at an NYC concession stand. Superb! For an appetizer, we selected the Basil Pesto Infused Chick Pea Hummus served with Kalamata Olives, Tomato-Red Onion, Cucumber Salad and Pita Toast Points. Alex and I agree it’s one of the best hummus dishes we’ve sampled thus far on Long Island.
For my entrée, I ordered the Pan Seared Sesame Crusted Yellow Fin Tuna served with scallion whipped potatoes, tomato, and ginger snap peas in a cilantro soy vinaigrette. The tuna was cooked to perfection and very well-seasoned. The sesame crusted topper provided a delightful crunch and the scallion whipped potatoes were “mmm mmm good!”
Any critiques? Unlike the appetizers, main courses and sides, the dessert is nothing to write home about. The post-dinner options definitely lack the excitement of the rest of the menu. In fact, Alex and I were so unimpressed; we decided to save the money and head to TCBY right up the street for a tastier and more affordable option. We recommend you do the same. The service is attentive overall and the prices are fair for the quality you receive. Considering the overall dining experience, Walk Street hits a homerun with this Long Island duo and receives a stellar 4.5 Mints on the Dinner Mint Scale!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Haiku Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar is located in the back of a shopping center off Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury. Lauren and I were craving Japanese and I had been wanting Lauren to try this place for a long time. (I have taken out here on several occasions.)
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Unlimited peanuts that you crack open and throw on the floor sets the stage for this rootin’ tootin’ feel good restaurant and bar. The variety is large, the food is cheap and the freshly baked rolls with cinnamon honey butter are sinfully delicious!!
I ordered the Grilled BBQ Chicken served with rice. It was a relatively small portion of chicken, but marinated well. One certainly can’t compare it to Smokin’ Al’s BBQ Chicken, but I was satisfied. Alex opted for the New York Strip Steak served with mushrooms on top and mashed potatoes on the side.
Subsequent to a thorough discussion, Alex and I reached an accord on the Texas Roadhouse rating… giving it 3 Dinner Mints out of a possible 5, equating to a classification of “Good.”
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Rose and Hunt at Fox Hollow in Woodbury is a restaurant open to the public daily and is located inside the Fox Hollow Catering Hall. The grounds are beautiful and the restaurant atmosphere is elegant.