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Weekend in Commack, LI (beaching at Robert Moses)

jessheslin Aug 8, 2006 03:03 AM

Hi, my husband and I are spending the weekend near Robert Moses beach this weekend. The plan is to see a concert Friday night at Jones Beach Theatre and tailgate there so Friday night dinner is taken care of. We'll stay at Howard Johnson's in Commack Friday and Saturday night and a breakfast is included in our hotel, though we may not want it.We'l go to Robert Moses for the day on Sat/Sun.
So, I am looking for breakfast--goo d diner pancakes
lunch--sandwiches for the beach
dinner--somewhere to order in from or to go out
I did some research on Chowhound already and came up with:
Red Dish Grillle
Blue Honu
La Cubanita
Massa's Coal Oven Pizza
Fonda Coyoacan
Blue Room
Grill Room
Kitchen A/Bistro

Are any of these places still good (some of the posts are old... also would love other recs.

Thanks so much!

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    Lono37 RE: jessheslin Aug 8, 2006 03:50 AM

    Went to Kitchen a couple of weeks ago and had an excellent meal. It's upscale/casual but quite reasonable and the food is excellent. Fonda Coyoacan still shines, great authentic Mexican and the people could not be nicer. Good lunch spot.

    Breakfast/lunch - I highly recommend Maureen's Kitchen in Smithown, just 10 minutes or so from Commack (look for posts). Excellent and unusual breakfast items (Lobster and chive omelet, anyone?) and everything is prepared and presented perfectly. Pancakes are great. Their lunch menu also shines, and I could see packing one of their giant sandwiches for the beach.


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    1. re: Lono37
      CornflakeGirl RE: Lono37 Aug 8, 2006 10:37 AM

      Second Maureens! It's my favorite breakfast spot on the island and I try to hit it a couple of times a year when I'm out there visiting my parents.

      I really love the orange blueberry pancakes (or orange chocolate chip, banana-nut, etc.) Sandwiches are also great and we've been known to take one home for "later".

      I think it would be worth it to allow a little extra time for this over any of the random diners in the area.

      I was at Massa's recently as well and it was very good. I'm pretty sure it's whole pies though, no slices.

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        Fred19 RE: CornflakeGirl Aug 8, 2006 01:35 PM

        If you breakfast at Maureen's, you may not want lunch.

        The food is great and the portions are monstrous.

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          emarcus RE: CornflakeGirl Aug 8, 2006 03:51 PM

          Nope, contrary to the coal-fired brick-oven creed, Massa's sells slices. And they're good too.

      2. Siobhan RE: jessheslin Aug 8, 2006 05:12 PM

        Here are my opinions - PLEASE report back - interested to hear your opinions also.

        Emilio's - very close to your hotel - is a mad house on the weekends. This is a step above your typical pizza/"red sauce' Italian combo and I love their Sicilian pizza. They do take out also.

        Besito - trendy Mexican. I have had good reports on the food but have avoided so far because of the "trendy" part. About 25 minutes from your hotel and not on the way to the beach if that makes any difference. Not really a take out kind of place.

        Blue Honu - a trendy watering hole masquerading as a restaurant. Down the street from the above.

        Fonda Coyocan - about as opposite of trendy Mexican as you can get. Definitely can do take out from here. Also about 25 min from your hotel.

        Blue Room in East Northport - have been here several times - "southern-style" cooking - which is enjoyable. This is a "go out" kind of place. No reservations though.

        Grill Room in Haupaauge is in the middle if an industial park so i don't know what kind of business they do on the weekends. The food is not outstanding but is fine. Not really a take out place.

        Kitchen A Bistro - very good reports from this place but it is tiny and no reservations.

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          synergy RE: Siobhan Aug 10, 2006 01:40 PM

          Slight correction re:Kitchen A Bistro (by the way, is one of my favorite places)-yes, it is tiny, you MUST make reservations and there are 2 seatings a night. It is a BYOB and cash only.

          I've been to Besito twice, and was annoyed by the "snobby & pretentious attitude" both times. While the food on the menu sounds great, I found the food bland. The last time we went, we had drinks at the bar before we wanted to ask for a table. We asked to have some chips with our drinks (which by the way, are extremely expensive). They will only give chips if you order the guac or the nachos. We told them we'd be willing to pay for the chips and they still refused. Ahem, what ever happened to "customer service"??? We ordered the nachos, and found it to be big, but disappointing. The cheese were lumps, not melted...the chorizo was missing, and bland. We decided not to stay for dinner. I also found, both times, that they push their foo-foo drinks on patrons big time.

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            Siobhan RE: synergy Aug 10, 2006 02:37 PM

            Besito and Blue Honu are owned by the same folks - who happen to be "snobby & pretentious" IMHO. I had heard some good things about the food at Besito, but now will not bother since I now know that this is just the same "restaurant formula" from these guys - push the expensive cocktails and who cares about the food. Unfortunately, this formula seems to suck in plenty of customers.

        2. L_W RE: jessheslin Aug 8, 2006 10:29 PM

          I just wanted to also give props to Maureen's and Emilio's. I moved out of the area and would kill for grilled cheese from Maureens and rice balls from Emilio's. For lunch, if you wanna go on the cheap, you may wanna check out Bagel Boss for some REAL bagels (not sure where you are coming from). God, I miss LI food!

          1. johnk RE: jessheslin Aug 9, 2006 12:47 PM

            Bellisimo is still bellisimo!!
            They are also open for lunch now.

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              kellygirl RE: jessheslin Aug 9, 2006 12:51 PM

              Emilio's is wonderful, I never miss the opportunity to go there when I am in the area. Love their pizza, salad, eggplant parm.

              1. NancyH RE: jessheslin Aug 9, 2006 01:45 PM

                Where is the Blue Room? Is it handicapped accessible?

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                  Siobhan RE: NancyH Aug 9, 2006 01:55 PM

                  It is at 93 Larkfield Road in East Northport,just south of the train station on the east side of the road. From what I recall it is all on a single level but call first - 261 5761. I've had the Duck Strips with blueberry sauce - pretty good, the Cajun Catfish, which had a sweetish spicy glaze that was good, the duck confit risotto - very rich - the spicy cheese grits - which were enjoyable also.

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                  bliebman2 RE: jessheslin Aug 9, 2006 05:52 PM

                  Everybody seems to be directing you west towards huntington. Let me weigh in and give "props" to TOAST in Port Jefferson. They make a fried sweet potato w/a yummy maple dip.

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                    jessheslin RE: jessheslin Aug 10, 2006 04:03 PM

                    Hi it's me the original poster :-)
                    Just want to say thanks for all this and we are pgetting psyched to try these places, esp. Emilio's and Maureen's.. We are coming from Yonkers, NY but love a good vbagel so may try Bagel boss, too.
                    Keep 'em coming and I promise a report next week when we get back.

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                      chaz RE: jessheslin Aug 11, 2006 03:39 AM

                      When going to Blue Room in E. Npt. keep on going to the excellent Crossroads just up the road a couple hunbdred yards on the same side. Also Sweet Mama's in Northport -Laurel Rd and 25A. (Bkfst and Lunch.)

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                        Fritz RE: jessheslin Sep 3, 2006 09:23 PM

                        Besito is quite good, drinks or not.
                        Blue Honu is OK.
                        We've been a few times and have been quite happy.
                        However, we never venture out for a meal in Huntington on any other nights other than Sun-Weds.
                        Idiots abound.

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