I spend a great deal of time in Montauk, L.I. during the summers, but always tend to eat in the same places:
Gosman's Dock (indoors/outdoors), Lobster Roll (aka Lunch), Caswell's, Gurney's Inn, Pizza Village. These are all excellent, but I would be interested in opinions on some of the other restaurants in the area -Navy Road, Bird on the Roof, the Shagwong, etc.
I'm also a Montauk fan, and like you, have regular haunts when out there. Here are some opinions on places not on your "regular" list:
Bird on a Roof -- my FAVORITE breakfast place. I always get one of the delicious frittatas -- usually spinach, feta and tomato. They also have great french toast.
Oyster Pond -- one of the few nicer places that doesn't usually have a wait. One of the nicer atmospheres, too. Don't think I've ever had a bad meal here. I always go for fish, but my meat-eating friends also leave happy.
Harvest -- ALWAYS has a wait and only accepts reservations for large parties. Food ranges from great to just OK, and most is large/family style portions. Fish, pasta, thin crust pizza as well as meat available. If you don't mind waiting, there's a pretty outdoor patio overlooking Fort Pond.
Navy Road -- food has been up and down over the years, and in my opinion, it's been down for the last three.
Shagwong -- pretty good food (stick with the fish), but very loud and fairly expensive given the atmosphere and noise. This is where the locals go in the winter--but maybe because it's the only place that's open!
Duryea's Lobster Dock -- I much prefer this to Gosman's take-out window! Stick with the lobster and be forewarned that it's BYOB/paper plates/outdoor seating only. You also get the most beautiful sunset during your lobster.
Montauket -- shares the Duryea's sunset (well, the view of it anyway). Food is strictly fried, fried and fried (although I have had an occaisonal fish special but they run out early). However, the main draw is sunset drinks and shrimp cocktail on the back deck.
The Dock -- it's on the right as you approach the Gosman's complex. Stick with basics -- burgers, salads and it's pretty good.
You may already know this, but I have to give a rave to the concession at Ditch Plains beach, also known as Lily's or the Ditch Witch. It's by the East Deck Motel entrance, and Lily was making wrap sandwiches before anyone else, and she still makes them better. I absolutely crave the wasabi wrap in the off-season (tortilla filled with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cukes, sprouts and topped with delicious, eye-watering wasabi dressing). It's perfect beach food -- healthy, refreshing and not so filling that you bulge out of your bathing suit. I also like the mozz & tomato wrap, and friends are addicted to her burritos and the Ditch Witch wrap (guac, cheese, and the same veggies from the wasabi wrap). Also good salads, and my surfer friends like her breakfast items (the cinnamon rolls look good).
Can you or others tell me what you think of some places that I never seem to hit? Or your personal favorites? Here's my list:
the Greek place in town, across from Herb's Market
The place near the RR station that keeps changing names (Blue Marlin last summer?)
Only 4 weeks until Memorial Day -- can't wait!!
re: mary mary
Thanks for your Montauk message. I have heard from others about Bird on the Roof and their wonderful breakfasts. Will definitely go there, since I've become very disillusioned with John's Pancake House. They have this "we don't have to try anymore" attitude. When you mentioned the Shagwong in the winter, it reminded me of when I went there in November and there was an hour wait! Again, thanks for all the info. It was a tremendous help.