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Anything decent out by Tanger?

I am going to Tanger outlets (from Queens) for the first time on saturday. Will probably get there when it opens (9am) so the meal would be a lunch or early dinner.

Trying to find some options other than the food court or pizza hut. Not really sure what's out there.

Will have a car so it doesn't have to be right next to Tanger.

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  1. Michael's on the Boardwalk in downtown Riverhead is supposed to be excellent. Tweeds is supposed to be good, too. Of course there are a number of places on the forks, but that requires some driving.

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    1. re: GCGuy

      Michaels on the Boardwalk IS excellent, but don't go to Tweeds unless you like buffalo meat, there's not much else on the menu. Athens Grill (Greek), Cliff Rendezvous (steak), Diggers (Irish pub), Jerry and the Mermaid (seafood), Taqueria Mexico, Spicys BBQ, Farmer Restaurant for lunch with a view, Hy Ting for 60s style Chinese, Partos or Julias for pizza: all are in town on Main St (Route 25), less than 5 minutes south of Tangers.

      I will link you to previous posts for more info

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/255742

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/254385

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/413878

      Any questions let me know!

      1. re: coll

        I just remembered, the Suffolk College Culinary Arts/Hospitality School is beginning classes next week, also on Main St in Riverhead right in the middle of town. I heard there will be a cafe and a bakery opening in conjunction with the school, although I'm not sure if now or later. I'll try to check it out later!

        1. re: coll

          I did check that out in January but never posted. There is a nice modern cafe/bakery in the entrance of the school, so that's another option.

          Also did I mention: Star Confection for an old fashioned luncheonette experience, and there is the diner, I'm blanking on the name, but again an old fashioned silver bullet kind of building so you can't miss it.

      2. re: GCGuy

        I just went to Tweeds for lunch because I had jury duty at the local courthouse which is in walking distance. I had a cup of Long Island clam chowder which was good, but pretty salty. The buffalo kebab I had was excellent; it almost melted in your mouth. I also ordered a side of fries which were surprisingly superb. They were almost as good as some of the renown Belgian frites / fries places I've been to in Manhattan. To finish up, I had a nice cup of hand cranked espresso.

      3. Funchos is our alternative to the food court. It is close to Tanger on Route 25.

        http://www.funchosfajitagrill.com

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        1. re: mangiamama

          Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

          1. re: richg35

            Funchos for something quick is my standby when I go to Tangers. I remember being surprised at how charming & transporting Tweed's decor was. I don't eat buffalo & I had no problem with their menu. I thought it was going to be a dingy place with bar food, but instead I felt like I was in a turn of the century restaurant with 21st century stylized food-the food is not as simple as the menu makes it seem.

            1. re: pumpkin donut

              I guess I meant if you want red meat. They do have some fish and duck dishes you can get instead. But my husband was very disappointed with the steak choices at Tweeds, he loves good ol' beef when we eat out.

              Funchos is nice if you don't want to go into town, and Buoy One across the street has pretty good seafood, although expensive. But you can sit and have some beer or wine with your meal there if you like. Both just past the Post Office.

        2. While the OP started this topic a while ago...for those who may still be reading it for their own interest...we like stopping at Mama Lombardi's in Holbrook when we go to Tanger. While it's not a foodie place, we like it for red-sauce type eating, lots of fish, and heck, it's been there forever. We also like stopping at their market to bring home stuff, both cooked and uncooked foods.

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          1. re: synergy

            We always go a little further and pay a visit to Briermier Farms for baked goods. Best blueberry muffins ever!

          2. The Culinary School in Riverhead village is nice. Nothing fancy, just cafeteria style wraps and sandwiches. We also like the Birchwood on Pulaski Street in Polish Town. Good food, prices and portions.
            ~Fred19