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Feb 2, 2010 06:12 PM

Newsday calls out Long Island Chowhounds- and justifiably

Newsday food writer and longtime fellow Chowhound Erica Marcus poses some legitimate questions.

I think it is a lack of 'hounds and not a lack of chow worthy spots. For example, I posted in a thread about ethnic food on Long Island that there are a number of Jamacian/Carribbean spots in Uniondale. Although it has only been a month I have not seen any other posts about such places in the area since and a search of the boards(no easy task) reveals virtually nothing in the past. Mineola has many Portugese places and we have almost no information about them. There is almost no keralan food in New York, a place in Queens opens up in Nassau and we have no reports. Where is all the soul food beyond Dent and Riddick's?
I believe there is much undiscovered chow, how to get more of that information on these boards is a mystery to me. I will take Ms. Marcus's words to heart and make more of an effort to report what I experience. There are some great and knowledable 'hounds out there. You know who you are, if I named some I fear I would slight others so I won't. We should alll make more of an effort.
Boy did I have a great rasberry crumble at Main Street Bakery in Port Washington. It turns out that they also sell bread from Balthazar. I can't wait to go back Saturday and try the chocalate croissant, I promise to post.

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  1. That was very nice of her to try to jump start our little group. I don't get into Nassau County much anymore, but on issues further East, I'm there (with springtime just around the corner) I posted about the new chef at Jedediah Hawkins a few weeks ago, lots of talk here about the place last summer, but no response at all. Well, I myself don't get food out anywhere nearly as much as I used to, and am logging a lot more time on the Home Cooking board. But if I find anything good/interesting, you'll always be the first to read it here!

    1. As a slightly different take on this (but completely consistent), I, as a northern Westchester inhabitant, have been completely happy with the new line-up here, as now the old "Tristate" board seems to be nearly completely a "Westchester and Hudson Valley" board. Long Island seems to have more or less disappeared lately.

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      1. re: DGresh

        Don't write us off yet please.
        I'm surprised how many non-LIers are popping in on this thread with their put-downs. Is this a contest?

      2. Stuart, You mention Jamaican restaurants in Uniondale. My thoughts are that LI ers generally avoid ethnic restaurants, sticking to the tried and true except for Chinese and the newly ubiquitous so called Pan Asian which have been assimilated into LI culture. I like Pollo el Paisa. The owner is welcoming; the roasted chicken delicious, yet the diners are for the most part Hispanic. Cooke's Inn, in Huntington , made a go of a menu of quasi soul food, but recently closed either to retirement or a loss of business

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        1. re: budcar

          Pollos el Paisa is great and very economical. I agree, it is mostly Hispanic I notice as well. I tell everyone I know about it. Where else can two people stuff themselves silly w/ a huge pitcher of sangria for $35!

          Frankly, I think LI'ers are scared to move away from chains and totally lacking in imagination or any desire for variety in their diet. They simply don't know any better I believe. Thankfully my city years and my Mom's culinary skills upon which I was raised keep me away from chains at all costs and always in search of good chow! Oaxaca in Huntington is another good spot and the owners/staff are so hospitable and warm. Also like Meditteranean Kabob House in Westbury.

          1. re: JGS

            That's the second time I've seen a comment about LI'ers resistance to either ethnic or non chain food in the past couple of days. I honestly can't imagine why there are so many successful ethnic restaurants and more opening all the time with no one dining in them. I live in Huntington and frequently travel to dine in Hicksville, frex (I don't love Oaxaca, btw, but did love Fonda Coyoacan) and we're not the only non ethnic diners when we do, far from it.

            Don't forget, all generalizations are false. ;-)

            1. re: mcf

              Totally agree. I don't sense any affinity to chains - at least no more so than everywhere else. The majority of people would prefer an Applebee's to a good local joint, but they aren't on this website.

              There are really interesting ethnic enclaves in Hicksville and Brentwood. I don't always post on every place I've been to, because honestly, for many of them I don't even know the name. It's "that place by the corner of Wicks Road and..."

              Outside of the ethnic neighborhoods, it seems most of the really interesting places have a hard time. Safer to go with another Italian - like the place that replaced the great Turkish place in Huntington Village. I'm also not a big fan of Oaxaca; it's OK, but no big deal. Fonda Coyoacan - losing that was a real shame. The execution wasn't fine-dining quality, but the cooks were making real Mexican comfort food. Where else could you get an entree of Coca Cola chicken fricasee? Or a completely different tortilla in the Enchilada than in the tacos?

              We've been going to Maize Cantina often. It's not perfect, but it's interesting and mostly well executed. Same for Moules et Frites in Syosset.

        2. Where's the Keralan food place, Stuart?

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            1. re: stuartlafonda

              Good to know. It was on the Outer Boroughs board, so I didn't see it.

          1. Not long ago, during discussion about the chowhound boards re-org, someone suggested that LI should have its own board, and my response was that our lack of message activity didn't warrant it.

            Like Coll, though, I'm eating home a lot, as are many folks. I'm participating in home cooking and other topics more. It's not for economic reasons, though that matters, but food quality that I cook more and eat out less; I want wild fish, grass fed, sustainably raised meat and poultry and dairy and organic vegetables. So I buy and cook them.

            Still, if we're each conscientious about diligently posting places we find or those we frequent and try to support the success of the gems find (like New Chilli and Curry in Hicksville!), our dining scene will greatly improve.

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            1. re: mcf

              mfc and everyone,
              I stumbled upon this site in search of Organic and Certified Humane dairy.
              Hello, I am not so much a eat out foody as eat in. But I was wondering if
              anyone could tell me if you have ever encountered certified humane or animal welfare approved milk, butter and other dairy on LI or in LI markets. The best I have gotten is to get organic, but some reports state that even organic has 30% chance of being not organic. Eggs are not a problem KK sells Born Free. Chicken and meat products I find at Whole foods or Wild by nature, that is certified. It is the milk, especially since that Nightline report last week, I have strengthened my search. I have been looking for months, now and then but that is how I came across this site and this discussion. Sorry it is off-topic, but like many we eat home more these days not for economics, but for well being and humanely treated farm animal products.

              1. re: LondonS

                LondonS, if you want an answer to this you should establish a new thread on this board where interested folks can see it. Call it "Humane Dairy on LI" or some such thing. For what it's worth, Fairway sells grass-fed milk. Good luck.

                1. re: LondonS

                  I'm going to start a new Long Island thread to discuss this.