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Scott_R May 13, 2010 07:20 AM

About once a week, I go out for breakfast.

For me this means more than scrambled eggs on a roll or a donut. I like to find interesting creations that I can sit and relax with (and I don't have much of a sweet tooth). I try places in part based on where I had to be at the time, part of a desire for variety.

Following, then, is a list of some of the more recent experiences; thoughts and comments are welcome:

Thomas' Ham and Eggery, Carle Place: is where I'm sitting right now; it's the second time I've managed to get here. I'm eating a disappointingly bland frittata with chicken sausage (they same homemade) and tomato and leek. I guess the watery coffee wasn't a good omen (though they must consider it precious, considering how difficult it is to get a refill). The waitress has one of the attitude where the customers are a necessary annoyance she must deal with to get through the day.

Jo Jo Apples in Lido Beach: a happily very different experience. The spicy corn frittata was very tasty; service was friendly. An omelet from a different visit was almost as good, and still several cuts above average.

Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck: I like this place quite a bit, but it's breakfast menu doesn't really equal its lunch. I've been going there once a month when I go out east to pick up a winter CSA share and, strangely, the breakfast specials have remained exactly the same since November (or maybe it was December). I always enjoy what I have here, though I wish there were more variety (especially as things like Banana Nut Pancakes with Nutella Maple syrup are way too sweet for me).

Tim's in Northport: another underwhelming breakfast: a mushroom/spinach/goat cheese omelet. The spinach consisted of flecks of green; it took me some checking to find the goat cheese, and I'm still unsure if there were mushrooms. All-told, a rather blah omelet (chewy rather than fluffy). I like crunchy bits when it comes to home fries, but these potatoes went rather overboard with that; aside from the flavor of carbon, they had little taste. Wait service was indifferent.

Park Avenue Grill (formerly Rebecca's) in Amityville: always a very pleasant breakfast in all ways, and a solid choice--the sort of no-brainer where I know I won't be disappointed.

Maureen's Kitchen in Smithtown: what can I say? Who doesn't know about this place?

Glen's Dinette: the poor service at this place has overwhelmed my memory of the food. One time I observed disgusting, unsanitary practices; the other (going back when it wasn't busy and I thought they'd be more careful) it was almost impossible to get service. No one refilled my coffee or asked how I was--the only time they came over was to take my order (I had to go up to the counter to get a bill--they were busy chatting).

Winnie's in Bay Shore: I had an awesome French-style omelet one day (disappointingly, they absolutely will not make omelets after 11:30). Pancakes didn't impress another time, thought that's more likely my tastes than anything they did (though I don't like sweets, every now and then I'm curious).

Cook Room in Middle Island: very nice omelet and home fries, friendly service. Wish there were more omelet choices, though.

Toast (Huntington): a place I've always been basically OK with. No complaints about what I've had (of course, it's been a while, so I don't REMEMBER any problems)--all well-executed--but I've never oohed about the choices. The "create an omelet" some places, like Toast, do doesn't impress me (It's like they're not trying to be creative), especially when the choices are pedestrian.

Mundays: been quite a while since I've been there; I remember being impressed with the French toast, but I don't recall not much more.

Sweet Mama's in Northport: a thumbs up. Interesting and delicious options, and I like that they put a little pot of coffee on the table so you can refill several cups on your own.

More places to come as I try them, or remember places I've been.

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  1. sbp May 13, 2010 10:11 AM

    Re Sweet Mama's - I went there for breakfast last summer with the kids. Most everything was pretty good, but I had a god-awful corned beef hash. It was virtually pureed - like dog food consistency. Maureen's is tops - too bad everyone in North America seems to know about it already.

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      Scott_R May 13, 2010 10:36 AM

      I don't know that I've ever been pleased with hashes; I make it much better than any place I've been to. I rarely bother to get it.

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        mckennabausch Jul 1, 2010 08:37 PM

        Re: Sweet Mamas. Went there last week after a 6th grade graduation for brunch. Disappointing food. Decor is very cute wish we could eat it. All our meals looked scraped together. My pancakes were tasteless, my husbands omelette of sausage and bacon was also tasteless. How is that possible? My daughter's ham looked like boiled ham thrown on the plate and didn't even look cooked. I had 2 pieces of rye toast and they gave me a heel. I don't even eat a heel at home! It wasn't even up to the standard of diner food. And we had to wait for the privilege of eating there. The place was packed nonetheless. Go figure.

      2. davmar77 May 13, 2010 10:38 AM

        i'm actually surprised at your thomas experience. until i moved, i was a regular there and didn't have any of those problems. the coffee is good, the omelets are good, the specialty waffles, pancakes and french toast are amazing. as far as the refills, they always come before i ask. maybe it's just an off day.

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          Scott_R May 13, 2010 12:01 PM

          Had another interesting experience today at Thomas': the couple two tables down complained that one of their coffee cups had lipstick on it. The guy filling the coffee took it away, and brought her coffee *in the same cup*! (I myself saw him do it). The lady told the waitress what had happened and she gave a somewhat indifferent apology.

          Another thing: I went up to the register to pay. I added a dollar to the $20 I was handing over and asked for $10 back (thereby including the tip making my change even and simple). The guy tossed the single back, muttered something about "I don't know why you gave me this" and gave me the full change. I started to explain what I'd done, but he turned away.

          Considering what a PITA parking is there, I think I'm crossing Thomas' off my list.

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            Scott_R May 20, 2010 07:39 AM

            Having an omelet in Cook Room right now. Eggplant, asparagus, tomato, pepper, mozzarella, and probably something I'm forgetting. Very good. Home fries a bit underseasoned but not bad. Service is friendly and attentive.

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              fragnet Jul 2, 2010 06:48 PM

              I agree with Scott R's assessment of Thomas's (that's how it's spelled on the sign). Highly overrated. I went there on a recommendation and I won't be going back. I found the same indifferent service and the parking is so crazy its not worth it. You'd be better off at almost any other LI diner. And lets not get too crazy about expectations when going to a diner. They're usually OK, but in my opinion, one shouldn't expect gourmet food and stellar service.

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            Eileen Jun 19, 2010 02:14 PM

            We always go to Thomas' We love it there and never had the problems that you described. Actually, we were less impressed with Maureen's Kitchen- everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

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              mckennabausch Jul 1, 2010 08:52 PM

              RE Mundays in Huntington: The food here is always delicious. Breakfast (omelettes, pancakes and french toast) really stands out. Service is always great, usually experienced middle aged women at breakfast/brunch time. They cleaned the place up a bit but it is still a little dumpy... what can you expect for a local breakfast place? Going for the authentic look I guess. Worth the wait when it's busy.

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                CurlieGlamourGirlie Jul 2, 2010 10:16 AM

                JT's in Smithtown. Hopping place for breakfast, has unique menu items and food is always delicious and service is always good. They have a dessert - a homemade "funny bone" - yummy!!

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                  Scott_R Jul 2, 2010 08:12 PM

                  Is this is?
                  http://www.jtscornercafe.com/breakfas...

                  A puzzling menu. Under the "Omelettes" heading is "The Pile: Three buttermilk pancakes, topped with two eggs any style and choice of meat with homefries and choice of toast" and other non-omelette items. And I've never seen "Potato Pancakes" listed with breakfast pancakes I suppose they technically are (pancakes that is, if not breakfast pancakes), but it's still odd.

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                    CurlieGlamourGirlie Jul 6, 2010 01:35 PM

                    Yup, that's it! Delicious, consistently yummy food, attentive service. The menu is puzzling, and it takes me forever to decide, but the payoff is great!

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                  Scott_R Jul 3, 2010 12:39 PM

                  Gave this a try today:
                  http://www.bayshorecafe.com/images/Me...

                  I had the "Wild Forest" frittata, (portobello, porcini, shitake mushrooms ragout, smoked gouda, chives). Though not specified on the menu, it came with home fries and toast. The frittata was quite nice.

                  As per the menu, the home fries consisted of yukon gold potatoes, "sweet yams" (sweet potatoes, actually), peppers, onions, herbs, and spices. Good, but I wish they were more seasoned (the herbs and spices weren't especially evident). They didn't ask me what sort of toast I wanted (and I didn't specify, as the frittatas, unlike the omelettes, didn't say they came with home fries or toast) and they brought toast that seemed to basically be white, though that's not on the menu and so was likely the "Stone wheat" which would therefore make it a white-wheat mix; unexceptional (I usually don't get toast, as I'm an artisan bread freak and I don't bother unless the toast promises to be really good). The toast came dry, which I prefer, but they didn't provide butter even on the side, which I'd presume most other people would prefer.

                  My guest had the Verdi omelette (sauteed baby spinach, roasted grape tomatoes, caramelized onions, warm fondue of creamy brie). Also quite good. The sourdough toast ordered with wasn't what I'd have hoped for: I like it with a nice tang, and this sourdough didn't taste much different from a basic yeasted white bread.

                  Coffee was mediocre. As an unapologetic coffee snob (I roast my own) I've gotten used to less than stellar coffee when I eat out, but this coffee was rather weak (served in clear glass, it almost looked like tea).

                  The experience was better than what I had at Thomas's (the service MUCH better) and I'd definitely give then another try.

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                    CurlieGlamourGirlie Jul 6, 2010 01:36 PM

                    Their menu looks fairly tasty - I might have to try them. Thanks for the review!

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                      Scott_R Jul 10, 2010 04:57 PM

                      Went back today and had the "Normandy frittata" (andy boy broccoli, cauliflower, romano cheese, tomato jam), while my guests had the Olive Charred pizza--grilled flat bread, eggs (any style), crumbled chicken sausage, roasted grape tomatoes, monterey jack, and fresh basil--and what I had last time, the Wild Forest frittata. I also ordered a side of their home made herbed chicken sausage.

                      I think I liked the mushroom frittata better, but not by much, and they were both quite good. The olive charred pizza (yes, listed under "Eggs" on the breakfast side of things) was a massive conglomeration of things: tasty, but way too much for me (overwhelming on quantity and heaviness). The chicken sausage (a flattened patty) was excellent. The potatoes were better than last time, and enjoyable.

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                      Scott_R Aug 6, 2010 06:30 AM

                      Went to Cornucopia's Noshery last week,
                      http://cornynosh.com/index2.html

                      No menu up on the site, but I had a very tasty San Fran omelette (grilled vegetables, avocado, havarti). Thumbs up.

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                        Scott_R Aug 26, 2010 12:44 PM

                        Back to Jo Jo Apple's today, and I had the spicy corn frittata (I've been there more than once and ordered other things, so it's not like I just get that one item time and again).

                        Again very tasty, but service was eh. Not unfriendly, just inattentive; never got a refill of my coffee, nor was I ever asked if things were OK--the check was presented without seeing if I wanted anything. Not a great visit, but the food and service was still more enjoyable than my trips to Thomas'.

                        I also came across the somewhat weirdly named North Shore East Norwich Pancake House
                        http://eastnorwichpancakehouse.com/Ea...
                        which seems to be a former IHOP. Reviews, however, seem to be mixed. Any Chowhounders familiar with the place?

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                        85 Lido Blvd, Point Lookout, NY 11569

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                          MacTAC Oct 18, 2010 06:16 PM

                          "I also came across the somewhat weirdly named North Shore East Norwich Pancake House which seems to be a former IHOP. Reviews, however, seem to be mixed. Any Chowhounders familiar with the place?"

                          Can't help with any breakfast advice, but I've eaten lunch there maybe three times in three years because of a convenient location. I remember it as being fine, not great, but I was always satisfied with the experience vs. expectations.

                          Regarding it's location, my boss liked the place just a few hundred feet west of there, other side of the gas station, same side of the street, with some outdoor seating. Breakfast unlikely, but one never knows. He said we'll have lunch there soon, so I'll check that out and get the name :-)

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                            MacTAC Jan 22, 2012 07:11 AM

                            The reappearance of this thread reminds me that I have since tried Messina's Market, the unnamed place I mentioned above. They do serve breakfast and I enjoyed it very much. They have a few indoor tables as well as outdoors.

                            I'm pretty sure they're also associated with the French bakery/pastry shop, La Bonne Boulangerie, a few doors down.

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                            Scott_R Feb 19, 2011 12:50 PM

                            It happened again. Back at Jo Jo Apples, and service was clueless. The waitress didn't seem to know that the menu items consisted of and wasn't paying much attention to simple requests. Oh, well. The food's generally been pretty good, but service is all over the place.

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                              mizzanonymous Jan 22, 2012 09:38 AM

                              The service at Jo Jo's is always unfriendly, and inattentive , I was there twice and found that out very quickly.

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                                Scott_R Jan 22, 2012 11:46 AM

                                To be fair, I've had friendly service there more than not ( (though less often has it also been very attentive); I suppose it depends on who you get. The food has, overall, been good--except for that truly horrid "wild" mushroom omelet.

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                              Scott_R Oct 18, 2010 04:18 PM

                              Finally went to Toast in Port Jefferson. Does this place have *any* connection to the Toast in Huntington? Doesn't seem like it. The place had a better feel (once we moved tables from the loudly yacking woman next to us), and the menu was quite different.

                              I had an omelet (a special with ingredients I won't dare to try to remember--it's been a week) and it was quite good. The multi-grain toast was one of the few breads I've had out with breakfast that was actually worth it--I'm a bit of a bread snob, I'm afraid.

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                                Motosport Nov 6, 2010 07:50 PM

                                Toast in PJ rocks!! Glad I read this thread. I'll go there tomorrow.

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                                  Scott_R Jul 4, 2011 07:55 PM

                                  Return to Toast in Port Jeff; they've expanded the place, presumably taking over the space next door.
                                  Had the omelet special, which was good enough if not spectacular. It contained "chicken and pineapple sausage," which proved to be a less than stellar combination (to me, at least). They were parsimonious with the otherwise good home fries. Was there even a quarter-potato's worth? Not sure. No coffee refills were offered; I had to get the attention of the host when he passed by in order to get some.

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                                  robinsilver Feb 21, 2011 07:30 AM

                                  I went with 2 friends to a place that I never would have thought would have a great brunch experience, but we did, Jonathan's in Garden City. They have a very nice Sunday brunch menu. Not overly expensive, and a pleasant experience. Service was excellent, and we were there for a long time chatting. We even gave a very large tip because we felt we took up the table for so long.

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                                    Maggie Larkin Mar 2, 2011 11:34 AM

                                    i love toast in port jefferson. the graham cracker crusted french toast literally stuffed with peanut butter & half a banana is to die for....if youre going, id wear sweatpants though :)

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                                      Scott_R Mar 9, 2011 12:41 PM

                                      OK, once more back to Thomas's Ham & Eggery.

                                      I just don't get it. I really don't. The place is packed--trying to park is an Olympic event, and even when I got there mid-morning on a weekday, I had to wait to be seated (granted, that was due more to inattentiveness from the staff than a line, but it was still pretty filled up).

                                      The omelet I had (an Orleans omelet or something like that: Andouille sausage and other things) was basically OK. Nothing wrong with it, nothing to tell others about. Just... not memorable.

                                      The home fries, on the other hand, were an offense against the Breakfast Gods. Insipid and boring. No little crunchy bits from the griddle, and they had all the taste of plain, boiled potatoes. Lots of pepper couldn't save them.

                                      My guest had an omelet with leeks and what was described as homemade chicken sausage--OK, but not nearly as good as what they make at Yesterday's in Bay Shore.

                                      Coffee was better this time at least, and I actually managed to get refills (a necessity, since the cups are small).

                                      I'd promised myself before that I was crossing Thomas's off the list; now it's a certainty.

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                                        Scott_R May 28, 2011 07:58 AM

                                        Had breakfast at Glen's Dinette in Babylon, a place I haven't been to in years.
                                        Mediocre at best. The selection is diner-like, though less diverse than a good diner's. Instantly forgettable omelette, home fries on a par with Thomas's (i.e., bland).

                                        Side note: had a GREAT breakfast last weekend on a trip up to Boston:
                                        http://thefriendlytoast.net/

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                                          Kingphish May 29, 2011 05:57 AM

                                          Breakfast- really, I never get excited about that meal.I just look for 3 criteria 1)nice atmosphere),fresh,3)not crap. I usually go to Williston Park Diner on Hillside or if if I want nostalgia Henry's in Glen Cove

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                                            Scott_R May 29, 2011 07:09 AM

                                            De gustibus non est disputandum.

                                            It's my favorite meal to eat out. But for any meal, it's only worth eating out if it's worth talking about afterwards. If it's just a matter of filling my stomach there are easier/cheaper ways than going out to eat. I know how to cook, and cook well; for me, going out to eat means having something that takes more time than I want to invest or uses ingredients that aren't convenient to keep around.

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                                              Kingphish May 30, 2011 09:06 AM

                                              Touché-But I find that more than not-restaurants that I would hope to surprise me -don't

                                              Speaking of Thomas' H&E-It's not worth wasting part of my life to wait on the line.!

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                                                Scott_R May 30, 2011 11:45 AM

                                                The last few times I didn't wait in line at Thomas's.
                                                ... and it still wasn't worth it.

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                                                  Scott_R Jun 4, 2011 09:26 AM

                                                  At Maureen's today; I had... let me think... an omelette with chicken sausage and sliced goat cheese. And other things I can't recall. The goat cheese wasn't chevre (hard to slice, after all) but more mozzarella style.

                                                  A very good though not great omelet. The chicken sausage didn't match the outstanding chicken-herb sausage at the recently-departed Yesterday's in Bay Shore, but it was pretty good. Home fries above average (not as good as I've had it there before, but way above Thomas's and Glen's).

                                                  Maureen's never blows me away, but for me they're consistently in the top few among LI breakfast places.

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                                        Scott_R Jun 10, 2011 07:06 AM

                                        Cornucopia's Noshery in Amityville today. Had a very nice smoked salmon frittata. The home fries were superb, just what I look for, with little crunchy bits and some spiciness.

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                                          Vitriolic Jul 10, 2011 04:45 PM

                                          I like Thomas's Eggery & Jo Jo's.

                                          What I wasn't a fan of was Bruce's Famous [something] to the Stars in Great Neck (diagonally across from the LIRR station). I got suckered into the "Authentic" belgian waffle. I've been to Belgium & know what a common waffle on the street tastes like - no belgian authenticity here. The wait staff was sad. The highlight was a mini bran muffin on the complimentary pastry plate (think more coffeecake than pastry). The french toast trio was interesting, but cloyingly sweet.

                                          We really enjoyed the sunday brunch @ LL Dent across from Roosevelt Field. Specifically the biscuits & gravy - pretty much the whole time.

                                          Yet to try the simple breakfast fare @ Chat Noir in RVC.

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                                            Scott_R Jul 21, 2011 09:37 AM

                                            I didn't see a breakfast menu offered at Chat Noir
                                            http://chatnoirtea.com/

                                            Does it basically consist of the items on the Lunch menu?

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                                              Vitriolic Jul 23, 2011 06:17 PM

                                              Yes. They open (I think) at 8am or 9am.

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                                            Scott_R Aug 12, 2011 10:53 AM

                                            OK, I need ideas for places that aren't listed above. Within 45 minutes of Massapequa/Amityville, if possible.

                                            The criteria:
                                            1) they must do omelets and scrambles, the more creative the better. Pancakes and French toast don't do it for me; eggs on a roll are DEFINITELY out. Don't even get me started on pastries or muffins.

                                            2) not a brunch place. Brunch generally starts too late (I want a place that offers breakfast no later than 9 AM). Also, I'm not looking for lunch-style items (and buffets are, to me, a waste--I won't order enough to justify the buffet price).

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                                              CurlieGlamourGirlie Aug 12, 2011 11:33 AM

                                              Did you try JT's in Smithtown? I haven't been there in years, so I don't know if it's maintained its breakfast, but I enjoyed it when I was there and it had a fairly creative menu.

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                                                Scott_R Aug 12, 2011 01:29 PM

                                                I wasn't taken by the menu. They have two omelet selections, and the rest is "Create your own Omelette" with some pretty mundane choices. I think it's just lazy when a place just lists some standard ingredients and has the customer mix their own.

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                                                  Scott_R Aug 19, 2011 07:52 AM

                                                  Well, I did a "what the heck" and gave JT's a try, and the impression was, overall, favorable.

                                                  For one, their website is misleading: the actual menu is different, with more omelet offerings. I had a rather nice veggie omelet, and the home fries were above average--well cooked, and with a little more seasoning they'd have been top-notch.

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                                                    CurlieGlamourGirlie Sep 16, 2011 09:45 AM

                                                    Glad you liked it! I haven't been in years, but keep meaning to go back.

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                                                Scott_R Aug 14, 2011 01:28 PM

                                                Breakfast at Brownstone's in Amityville, and some of the best home fries I've ever had. Crispy on the outside and nicely seasoned.

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                                                  magfitz Sep 18, 2011 01:59 PM

                                                  just went here for the first time this morning. i was happy with the breakfast.

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                                                  Scott_R Sep 3, 2011 12:49 PM

                                                  New place! Toast N Jamz Family Kitchen in Williston park
                                                  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toast-N...
                                                  cutesy name aside, I've been there once now and it has promise.
                                                  After you sit, they give you a little basket of homemade mini-muffins on the table, gratis (for breakfast, anyway). I'm not a sweets person, but they were nice.

                                                  My omelet was quite good. Home fries above average: well seasoned, and if the outside had been given a nice crunch, they'd have bordered on superlative. I should have said something, but I told myself I could contact them online (turns out I can't, I don't think).

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                                                    mcf Sep 3, 2011 05:42 PM

                                                    You don't tell them to burn them? I always did, when I ate spuds... or did they not get crunch even after telling them to do it?

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                                                      Scott_R Sep 3, 2011 07:44 PM

                                                      I didn't ask.

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                                                        mcf Sep 5, 2011 01:11 PM

                                                        Oh, you should! that's how to get the crunchy, brown carmelization.

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                                                          Scott_R Oct 15, 2011 09:45 AM

                                                          Back at Toast and Jamz (third visit), and I wasn't so thrilled. I made sure to ask for the home fries to be made well done, but they certainly were not. Not uncercooked, just with no crust of any sort. Seasoned, yes, but it's the crunchy bits that I look forward to.

                                                          Almost as disappointing: my omelet listed eggplant as an ingredient. It had it, but as breaded and fried slices. Yuck; I hadn't even considered that the eggplant would have been made that way. I really dislike breaded/fried foods of any sort.

                                                          Here's another thing: I left virtually all of the potatoes on the plate, and picked out all of the fried eggplant and left it alongside. The waiter didn't comment.

                                                          I realize I could (arguably, should) have said something, but shouldn't a server have asked?

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                                                            mcf Oct 18, 2011 12:48 PM

                                                            I love roasted ratatouille omelets but eggplant cutlet? Bleah, I'm with you! I *only* eat the little crunchy bits, none of the potato, so if I don't ask for them to be left off, I ask them to "burn the potatoes." If that doesn't work, they have no idea how to cook, IMO.

                                                            I do think a server should note when most of your food is uneaten, but not necessarily if you ate low carb, which is so common these days... but it would have been nice had he asked if everything were okay, period.

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                                                              Scott_R Oct 19, 2011 06:55 AM

                                                              I did ask them to make the potatoes well-done, so I'd hope they wouldn't think I'd left them because of a low-carb issue--did they think I just wanted to LOOK at well-done home fries? :)

                                                              Forgot to post an experience at Jo Jo Apples a few weeks back. For anyone who goes there, DO NOT order the wild mushroom omelet (or something like that--it's from the "Specials" menu). The mushrooms were canned or dried/reconstituted; they had all of the texture of a thin memory foam mattress. I've had fruit leather that was less chewy. Worse, they tasted sour, like white vinegar. Quite possibly, this was the single worst thing I've ever eaten for breakfast.

                                                              And it wasn't a fluke: I had the same thing this past spring, with the same results. Why order it twice? Because about four or so months had passed since I'd been there last, and I'd plumb forgotten I'd ordered it back then. One taste and the memories came back. I can't recall *ever* sending an item back and having it replaced with something else. The spicy corn frittata was very good, tho'.

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                                                      EZ Pass Sep 5, 2011 01:08 PM

                                                      Place seems to have opened late 2010:

                                                      http://long-island.newsday.com/restau...

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                                                        Scott_R Sep 6, 2011 09:46 AM

                                                        "New" as in "new for me."

                                                    3. coll Sep 6, 2011 06:46 AM

                                                      Next time you're out this way, try the new Grind Cafe in Wading River (across from the Duck Pond). A great addition to our area.

                                                      http://riverheadlocal.com/business-news/2899-the-grind-cafe-in-wading-river-celebrates-grand-opening

                                                      I just found more of their menu on their Facebook page

                                                      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi...

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                                                        Motosport Oct 19, 2011 07:59 AM

                                                        Grind Cafe rocks my world. They have a pastrami, egg and cheese sammich on a pretzel roll that is off the charts good. Nice people and a nice cozy space.

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                                                          Scott_R Oct 19, 2011 09:33 AM

                                                          Do they have omelets? A sandwich for breakfast doesn't work for me.

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                                                            Motosport Oct 19, 2011 09:57 AM

                                                            Don't know about omelettes. I imagine they do. We have had eggs benny and pancakes which were excellent.

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                                                              Scott_R Oct 22, 2011 11:48 AM

                                                              I found their menu (on their Facebook page); no omelets.

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                                                                Motosport Oct 24, 2011 02:26 AM

                                                                Yesterday they had an omelette special.

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                                                        Scott_R Sep 16, 2011 06:37 AM

                                                        Breakfast at Krysten's Good Eats and Treats,
                                                        http://krystensgoodeats.com/
                                                        Had a very tasty vegetable omelet, made as more of a mix between omelet and frittata. Packed with the added ingredients but not heavy as a result. Excellent home fries--with those little crunchy bits I like. As a surprise, they asked me if I wanted peppers and onions in my home fries; clearly, this is not a "no changes or substitutions of any kind" sort of place.

                                                        Definitely added to my "return" list.

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                                                          Scott_R Nov 11, 2011 06:59 AM

                                                          Today: breakfast at Relish in Kings Park (f/k/a Mrs Brown's). Had the Burlington omelette--
                                                          homemade maple turkey sausage, mushrooms, leeks and muenster cheese, Very good. Thumbs up for the home fries: both crunchy and seasoned.

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                                                            mcf Nov 11, 2011 09:11 AM

                                                            YUM!

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                                                            Scott_R Dec 5, 2011 06:44 PM

                                                            Breakfast at Bonnie Jean's in Southold and had an Apple and Brie omelet, with nice crunchy & well-seasoned home fries, too. Overall an enjoyable breakfast. Not quite on Relish's level, but very nice nonetheless.

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                                                              Motosport Dec 6, 2011 02:26 PM

                                                              Bonnie Jean's is very good. It's got a nice old time ice cream parlor thing going on in the Summer too!! One night we stopped in on our way home from dinner in Greenport and had a nice sundae along with a live 3 piece band. Great fun!!

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                                                              Scott_R Dec 11, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                              Sweet Mama's again; I'm putting them firmly in the upper-middle of breakfast places. Competent home fries, if they didn't blow me out of the water; ditto the portabella-blue cheese omelet.

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                                                                Scott_R Jan 21, 2012 08:24 AM

                                                                I tried Milk and Sugar in Bay Shore for the first time and was a little put off.

                                                                The omelet (filled with vegetables) was good if not spectacular. That is it wasn't one of those that got me thinking "this is a mighty fine omelet" but I enjoyed it.

                                                                But there was a particular downer: the omelets don't come with home fries--at $9.75 you'd think they'd have included that 50 cents worth of potato and onion, but apparently not. So that was another $5.

                                                                And they weren't very good. The potatoes were cut up into widely different sized chunks, which means they were cooked to different degrees (yet none if those wonderfully crunchy little bits).

                                                                It's strange: home fries are one of the technically easiest bits to make for breakfast but often one of the biggest disappointments.

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                                                                  Scott_R Jan 29, 2012 08:01 PM

                                                                  Breakfast at Chef's Corner in Mineola,
                                                                  http://www.thechefscornercafe.com/
                                                                  (where MUD/Mo'jo used to be).

                                                                  Definite thumbs up to a nicely-done omelet. Disappointment on the home fries, though. Not nearly as bad as what I'd had at Thomas's, and a step above Toast N Jamz, so OK but not memorable. Once again it was a question of crunchiness; next time, I'll ask for them to be well-done.

                                                                  1. mizzanonymous Apr 15, 2012 02:01 PM

                                                                    Bruce's in Great Neck has really slipped as far as I'm concerned. It's become a has-been place with the most awful wait-staff imaginable.

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                                                                      stuartlafonda Apr 18, 2012 05:38 AM

                                                                      Agreed. Try the Village Market across the street on the corner, wonderful. They will make eggs in any form with any ingredients with or on their own fresh baked breads. The breakfast sandwiches are so big I share one with my daughter. That also ensures we will have room for one of his nice pastries.

                                                                      http://long-island.newsday.com/shoppi...

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                                                                        Scott_R Apr 18, 2012 12:19 PM

                                                                        Does the Village Market have seats? The Newsday article seem to imply it's grab-and-go.

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                                                                          stuartlafonda Apr 18, 2012 02:03 PM

                                                                          They have two four tops that seat three as it is pushed against the wall and an elevated communal table with six seats. I have never had a problem grabbing a seat. You order at the counter/cashier and they bring the food to you at the table. Coffee is self serve from the urn or juice from the open refrigerator. Sadly, the home fries are never thin and crispy. Make sure to grab a dessert.

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                                                                            Scott_R Apr 18, 2012 03:36 PM

                                                                            Desserts aren't really my thing.

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                                                                      Vitriolic Apr 21, 2012 08:31 AM

                                                                      Went to Clearwater Charlies in Bellmore by the LIRR. There were 2 things on the breakfast menu available only on the weekends: cinnamon monkey bread (which they didn't have that day) and biscuits & sausage gravy. Let me just say even a KFC biscuit & a jar of supermarket gravy is passable for me. The biscuit was really large, herbed & nicely texured. The sawmill gravy was flavorful & quite peppery with cut up pieces of sausage. The homefries were on the thicker side but had nice browning. Immensely enjoyable & frankly a bargain.

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                                                                        Scott_R Jun 30, 2012 09:51 AM

                                                                        Tried the Landmark Diner in Roslyn, both because I've seen positive (or, at least, interesting) reviews, and the online menu looked pretty encompassing.

                                                                        Unimpressive. Nothing really wrong, not exactly, but very utilitarian--a place you go if you need food, not if you're looking for a foodie experience. My omelet was decidedly helped by the judicious application of pepper; the home fries were competent without standing out. In short, it's an average diner.

                                                                        So: tried it, and have crossed it off the list.

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                                                                          mcf Jun 30, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                                          Roslyn? Do you mean the redone two story one near Lakeview Rd and Northern Blvd?

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                                                                            Scott_R Jun 30, 2012 11:10 AM

                                                                            That's the one.
                                                                            http://www.landmarkdineronline.com/

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                                                                              mcf Jun 30, 2012 11:34 AM

                                                                              Ok... we used to go there every day from high school nearby. Was sure it was Great Neck or Manhasset, did they move it east or am I misremembering?

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                                                                                Scott_R Jun 30, 2012 01:30 PM

                                                                                I'm certain they relocated, but I think it was a matter of a hundred or so feet.

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                                                                                  mcf Jun 30, 2012 01:49 PM

                                                                                  That's what I thought, but I never thought it was Roslyn when I went there... it was very close to Lakeville Rd, as I recall it. Newsday says it moved only 120 ft east.

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                                                                                    Scott_R Jun 30, 2012 04:37 PM

                                                                                    I should have written my response more clearly: yes, it's the redone two story one, but it's on Northern Blvd just east of Searingtown Rd/Port Washington Blvd, not Lakeview.

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                                                                                      mcf Jun 30, 2012 04:49 PM

                                                                                      I just don't recall it ever being that far east in the 60s and 70s. ISTR leaving the GNS campus on Lakeville, driving up to Northern, making a quick right and a left almost immediately. So much for memory!

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                                                                                        emarcus Jun 30, 2012 07:25 PM

                                                                                        You sure that wasn't the Seven Seas diner? It was and is on the corner of Lakeville and Northern. By the way, Chris Palmer, the chef who came on board when the Landmark moved and expanded (upwards) has recently left.

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                                                                                          mcf Jul 1, 2012 05:24 AM

                                                                                          Yep, I know we went to the Landmark... but thanks for confirming that there was/is a diner at that intersection, just next to a gas station or something on the corner?

                                                                        2. Motosport Jul 1, 2012 04:39 AM

                                                                          We tried Bruce's in Greenport last weekend and it was great. I reviewed under separate heading.
                                                                          Yes Scott, they have an online menu!!!

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                                                                            Scott_R Jul 1, 2012 04:45 AM

                                                                            I saw it, Motosport; I just wish it was a little more feasible for me to get out there that early--it's a good hour and forty minutes away for me, without any traffic. :(

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                                                                            Scott_R Jul 31, 2012 03:26 PM

                                                                            Two Blondes and a Stove opened this past week:
                                                                            http://www.twoblondesandastove.com/
                                                                            and I've managed to get there for breakfast. Conclusion: thumbs up. I had a Mediterranean Omelet and it was above average. I do wish their offerings were a little more unusual, but that's a rarity on LI anyway. Homefries were also above average; oddly, my portion size was small (my guest had literally double what I received).

                                                                            For some reason, the only toast offered is toasted Italian bread; in the future, I'd simply pass on that. I love really good bread, and need to have my attention grabbed.

                                                                            It's on my return list; since they only just opened, I hope they go in new, creative ways, but I was pleased with what I had.

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                                                                              Vitriolic Aug 4, 2012 06:41 PM

                                                                              I've gone to Left Coast Kitchen in Merrick @ www.lckny.com a number of times now.

                                                                              First off its weekend only breakfast. The portion sizes are gargantuan - like 10 strips of bacon as a side, at least 4 eggs in scrambled eggs (maybe even 6 as in the omelets). Also, the chef doesn't like to do simple substitutions like scrambled instead of sunny side up.

                                                                              The pancakes were I thought a little gummy, but could have been due to the peanut butter. The omelets are again huge. The (fluffy & light) biscuits & (somewhat bland) gravy were a little on the ordinary side, but the potatoes that came with it were great - young potatoes quartered & roasted with a garlic-chive oil. The smoked chicken hash wasn't resounding in smokiness & the potato flavor was underdeveloped but the hollandaise laden with chile was nice and I thought the dish was great itself. The Morning in the Mission was a light crispy affair & the bean/egg scramble was seemingly missing the rice, but the dish was quite good

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                                                                                Scott_R Aug 4, 2012 07:59 PM

                                                                                Yes, I looked at their menu a while ago, and two things kept me away: 1) a six egg omelet is insane, and 2) assemble your own? Really? They can't come up with anything better? And the choices are from a pretty ordinary selection.

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                                                                                  Scott_R Aug 4, 2012 08:09 PM

                                                                                  Updates while I'm at it: breakfast out twice this week, though nothing new. First at Cornucopia's Noshery in Amityville. I do like how willing they are to accommodate tastes, making choices from scratch if need be. I had the omelet from the specials menu, a grilled veggie omelet topped with a salsa verde, which was very tasty. Home fries were top notch.

                                                                                  And back to Relish in Kings Park, which has never been less than quite good.

                                                                                  Winnie's in Bay Shore, BTW, has been closed for several months by order of the fire marshall; the landlord was supposed to correct whatever it is, but I haven't seen much going on. Bay Shore went from having two very good breakfast places (Yesterdays and Winnies) to none--I'm not counting Milk & Sugar because I wasn't so impressed by it.

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                                                                                    chrisonli Aug 19, 2012 01:06 PM

                                                                                    Wanted to send my belated thanks for turning me on to Relish in Kings Park. I love this place and drive 30 min each way 2-3 times a month from Levittown. The ricotta pancakes are heavenly, and I've tried a couple of the omelets as well as the french toast and have been more than satisfied with everything I've eaten there.

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                                                                                      Scott_R Aug 19, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                                      Glad you're enjoying it.

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                                                                                Couponbeck Aug 4, 2012 10:29 PM

                                                                                I love The Mineola Diner on Jericho Turnpike. It is a small, original diner. Everything is made fresh- the owners are too very personable and sweet boys. Everything I have had there is delicious, The pancakes are in my top 3 favorites!

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                                                                                  Scott_R Aug 5, 2012 03:11 PM

                                                                                  By a strange coincidence, mere hours after reading your post, I saw something about them on FiOS's Restaurant Hunter. I'll have to check them out some day.

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                                                                                    phantomdoc Aug 10, 2012 06:07 PM

                                                                                    Yeah they featured cannolo french toast. Canolo cheese between layers of french toast and then crumbled shells on top for crunch. It is on my list to try.

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                                                                                      phantomdoc Aug 31, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                      I did get there and they were not making canoli french toast. Found food nondescript.

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                                                                                        Scott_R Aug 31, 2013 08:03 PM

                                                                                        In selection, execution, or both?

                                                                                        Slightly OT, went up to the Berkshires today and had breakfast at Another Fork in the Road in Milan. Great place; wish we had something like it on LI.

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                                                                                          phantomdoc Aug 31, 2013 08:07 PM

                                                                                          Got to say both. Nothing stands out as anything to try again.

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                                                                                  Scott_R Aug 17, 2012 06:59 AM

                                                                                  Cornucopia's Noshery for an "open omelet," or perhaps it can be called a scramble. Farmed swiss chard and tomatoes, several varieties of pepper, garlic/onions, and a cheese that I can't recall the name of. Very good.

                                                                                  1. mcf Aug 17, 2012 10:07 AM

                                                                                    I know you don't love it, Scott, but we've become addicted fans of breakfast at Toast in Huntington. Today was no exception. Chorizo skillet (crispy shoestring potatoes at the bottom, but I don't eat them) and Crab Benedict with perfectly poached eggs atop a crab cake atop a potato pancake. Only complaint is that it was supposed to be a sweet potato pancake and it was almost all white potato which I don't eat, with a few orange colored shreds. So far, every breakfast has been outstanding, and we love the retro vibe.

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                                                                                      Scott_R Aug 17, 2012 10:21 AM

                                                                                      Shoestring *tomatoes*? Breaded and deep fried?

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                                                                                        mcf Aug 17, 2012 10:42 AM

                                                                                        Edited it to correct.

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                                                                                          Scott_R Aug 17, 2012 11:27 AM

                                                                                          The original sounded more interesting :)

                                                                                          -- though, admittedly, I don't like breaded/battered and fried things.

                                                                                          I don't know that I've had a *bad* experience at Toast--unlike Thomas's, Jo Jo Apples, and Toast N Jamz--just that I've never been really taken. For some places, omelets are afterthoughts at best.

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                                                                                      stuartlafonda Aug 24, 2012 02:50 PM

                                                                                      A great new breakfast/brunch option has just started up, Lola in Great Neck. Now, be advised, I may be biased as I love the place and eat there regularly, but they just started serving brunch and it is a winner. It is expensive, but portions are huge and they use high quality ingredients. As of last Sunday they had a special, $1 mimosas. It was orange or grapefruit in a champagne flute, simple and traditional unlike the rest of the menu. I had the duck hash consisting of potatoes,scallions,piquillo peppers and huge pieces of tender duck. It should have been crispier and that will be my request next time. The two poached eggs on top broke perfectly and pulled it all together. My daughter had the apple cinnamon pancakes and we went all out and had it with foe gras on top. Unlike the dinner and lunch menu, Chef Ginor is trying to pull in some locals with a few Israeli items. My son had a dish called "sweet fatot". It was a pastry dough,Yemenite flat bread called Malawach that was shredded and mixed with maple syrup and berry compote with shlag covering the whole dish. Very good, but only for someone who loves a very sweet breakfast. My wife has another malawach dish that had eggs,tomato sauce,chili and other spices, a version of an Israeli/Tunisian dish, shakshouka. We liked it but it was hot and clearly geared toward the chili lovers among us. Knowing this place as well as I do, I'm sure the menu will evolve based on the season and customer interest. Chef Ginor is talented and does big bold flavors, no spa cuisine here. The service is still below par but when the Chef is there (he travels a great deal) they will do whatever needs to be done to make the customer happy.

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                                                                                        chrisonli Aug 24, 2012 04:03 PM

                                                                                        Sounds really good. After some searching, I found this page with their brunch menu (you have to scroll to the bottom): http://preview.tinyurl.com/9bzgq7z. I will definitely give them a try soon.

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                                                                                          Scott_R Aug 25, 2012 01:09 PM

                                                                                          No breakfast?

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                                                                                            stuartlafonda Aug 25, 2012 05:40 PM

                                                                                            I don't understand your question Scott.

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                                                                                              Scott_R Aug 26, 2012 12:16 PM

                                                                                              It's a thread about breakfast, but I don't see a breakfast menu for Lola. Plus, as far as I can find, they don't open until 10:30 on Sunday, so no breakfast hours.

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                                                                                                mcf Aug 26, 2012 04:00 PM

                                                                                                Yeah, brunch isn't breakfast. Unless you're retired, and they serve it every day, maybe.
                                                                                                ;-)

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                                                                                                  stuartlafonda Aug 27, 2012 08:14 AM

                                                                                                  I thought others reading along might be interested in a restaurant that serves eggs and pancakes in the morning, which some consider breakfast. In light of the fact that Lola is one of the very best restaurants on Long Island and does some unique stuff I thought other hounds might be interested.

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                                                                                            Scott_R Oct 6, 2012 07:58 AM

                                                                                            Despite my reservations, I visited Left Coast Kitchen.

                                                                                            I ordered an omelet with spinach, “Peppers and Onions” (as they put it), mushrooms, and goat cheese.

                                                                                            The omelets do not come with toast; instead, a basket of baked goods is put on the table beforehand. I don't know if they do this only with omelets or regardless of what you order. In the basket was a mini croissant (dry and chewy), a poppy seed muffin (OK but unexceptional), and two small scones or somesuch, which were the best of the selection. I could have done without the basket--I much prefer a really good bread to sweets--and left the balance of it untouched.

                                                                                            The omelet wasn't bad. The most common mistake I've seen made with omelets is to overcook them so they're dry and chewy, and this wasn't so. The biggest thing that made this less than exceptional was that it was filled with gobs of goat cheese, so much so that it overwhelmed any other taste. I could see that the other fillings I ordered were there but darned if I could taste them.

                                                                                            Home fries were decently cooked, though I prefer them crunchier (or at least with crunchy bits); they didn't have much seasoning except for salt, and quite a bit of that.

                                                                                            Not a terrible breakfast, but not a standout in either selection of execution--better in execution than in selection (by "selection" I mean just omelet variety, not all of the breakfast items).

                                                                                            I still stand by my position than a mandatory six-egg omelet is just silly. The other choices don't really appeal to me... lots and lots of sweets (sweet potato-marshmallow pancakes, oreo cakes with whipped cream, etc.) and the rest very heavy (as in, eat, then sleep for the rest of the day). This part is purely subjective--I don't care for the selections, not that they are poorly done.

                                                                                            I'm going to take a pass on going back.

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                                                                                              coll Oct 6, 2012 06:43 PM

                                                                                              Hi Scott, I was just wondering.... do you ever make breakfast yourself, at home or where ever else? Sometimes that can be a wonderful alternative, I find.

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                                                                                                Scott_R Oct 6, 2012 08:39 PM

                                                                                                Most of the time, I do. I eat breakfast out once, sometimes twice a week.

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                                                                                                  coll Oct 7, 2012 02:38 AM

                                                                                                  Glad to hear it; I almost always prefer my own home cooked breakfast over going out, with rare exceptions. Especially hash browns, I'm very picky about them, it can make or break the meal for me. Plus egg creams, I know it's not something everyone would consider, but I always ask if they do them and I am so happy if it's well made. That's my favorite part of breakfast out, I know you can do them at home but it's just not the same.

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                                                                                                    Scott_R Oct 7, 2012 05:47 AM

                                                                                                    When I have the chance, I make a pretty darned good omelet with top-quality ingredients. I make whole-grain waffles stuffed with hunks of fruit, which is the sole source of sweetener. And I roast my own coffee. Going out to eat certainly doesn't save on cost or calories, so, the way I see it, it ought to taste AT LEAST as good as what I can make and as a bonus use ingredients that are inconvenient for me to keep around.

                                                                                                    Addendum: I had the other half of the LCK omelet today (it was much to big to eat all at once). This side had less of the goat cheese, except for pockets of it. Definitely more enjoyable when you can taste the egg and other ingredients. Oh, and their coffee was decidedly above average.

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                                                                                                      Motosport Oct 8, 2012 08:51 AM

                                                                                                      Colleen let me know when you are making breakfast and I'll join you. Do you have a menu? Are there choices or do I just get whatever you are cooking?
                                                                                                      I'll bring seltzer, Fox's UBet and Junior's egg cream glasses for egg creams!!

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                                                                                                        coll Oct 8, 2012 10:04 AM

                                                                                                        We don't get over the top fancy, my go-to was always fried or scrambled eggs with bacon, steak or sausage and hash browns, made the good ol' fashioned way (worked my way through college as the morning cook at the local deli); however lately my husband prefers frittatas with either potato, or sausage and pepper. Eggs benedict with champagne sauce is for special occasions, which might qualify here! And I just discovered a recipe for crustless Italian quiche with chipotle which is mighty tasty. But I prefer to cook to order, so you can take your choice of creme brulee french toast, pumpkin waffles, or buttermilk blueberry pancakes, I will add a special touch to each of them just for you! I don't roast my own coffee though, sorry. See you soon!!

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                                                                                                          Motosport Oct 8, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                                                                          Eggs benny and creme brulee french toast. I am so there!!! I'll roast my own coffee.

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                                                                                                            coll Oct 8, 2012 11:40 AM

                                                                                                            It's a deal!

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                                                                                                Scott_R Oct 12, 2012 06:23 AM

                                                                                                OK, breakfast at Cornucopia's Noshery today, illustrating exactly what I'm looking for: an omelet with sausage, corn, habanero, and cheddar. Very very good.

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                                                                                                  mcf Oct 12, 2012 06:20 PM

                                                                                                  If you ever get up to Lake Placid, you'll love the breakfasts at Chair 6.

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                                                                                                    Scott_R Oct 13, 2012 11:18 AM

                                                                                                    Because of omelet specials of the day? The menu only shows a "mix your own" omelet with the standard choices.

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                                                                                                      mcf Oct 13, 2012 03:25 PM

                                                                                                      Lots of great egg dishes, I keep forgetting about your omelet focus. Incredible toasted breads, too. I don't eat bread, but had to have a slice of thick, crusty, toasted sourdough up there. Any omelette they make will be sensational and beautifully plated, but not a Breakfast on LI. :-)

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                                                                                                        coll Oct 13, 2012 04:15 PM

                                                                                                        And you're in Lake Placid!

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                                                                                                          mcf Oct 13, 2012 04:46 PM

                                                                                                          I heart the Adirondack high peaks region!

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                                                                                                          Scott_R Oct 13, 2012 08:08 PM

                                                                                                          It's not so much an omelet focus as an aversion to simple carbs as a meal. That's not a no-carbs thing, it's a matter of taste and satisfaction. That is, even with desserts, a couple of bites is all I really have the taste for. And the occasional time that I give in and have French toast or waffles (never the sweet ones, like choc chips), I might feel full after, even stuffed, but not satisfied.

                                                                                                          So what does that leave as far as breakfast items when I go out? Basically omelets, scrambles, and frittatas.

                                                                                                          And I've said above, I *love* good bread (today I went to Scratchbread and picked up a bourbon wheat loaf and a cracked pepper-fennel parma country loaf... Homer Simpson drooling sounds; http://www.scratchbread.com/the-goods...). Rare to get something good at most breakfast spots, though. Offhand, I don't recall getting a worthy bread during Breakfast on LI. I think JT's Corner Cafe might have had a decent whole grain, IIRC.

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                                                                                                            coll Oct 14, 2012 05:00 AM

                                                                                                            I have a weird affection for that Pullman type bread served at diners, that they bring out soaked in melted butter, in a little stack on a side plate. I don't usually bother with bread if I'm already eating a three pound omelette, but if they bring it out that way, I have to have a piece or two. If they serve the exact same bread, cut in half but served on the side of the meal, it doesn't interest me a bit.

                                                                                                            But that's just me of course! Can't hardly wait til Blue Duck finally opens here in Riverhead, and we can get some fancy breads to take home too.

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                                                                                                              Scott_R Oct 14, 2012 06:07 AM

                                                                                                              If you look at my posts elsewhere here on chowhound, I'd been a big Blue Duck fan for a number of years. But I think their quality has been slipping lately... the six months or so, perhaps. A predilection for over-baking, perhaps?

                                                                                                              My personal taste is bread without butter--and as a result, that means I want a bread that doesn't NEED butter (like those Scratchbread loves; it would be a crying shame to adulterate them!).

                                                                                                              But holy crap... where are you getting a three-pound omelet!?

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                                                                                                                coll Oct 14, 2012 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                Just looks like three lbs I guess, I forgot my scale! But most of the ones I get out are so much bigger and denser than I would ever make at home, pure overkill. All I know is, I definitely weigh three lbs more the next day, even though usually can't finish it. Must be the buttered toast ;-)

                                                                                                                I've been to Blue Duck in Southampton and in Southold, but not in the last year or so. Maybe they're putting all their efforts into gettting the new location opened? I stopped by a week or two ago, when I saw the door wide open, but no one was there and there were ladders and boxes spread around, no baked goods or even a counter yet. Nice sign out front though. Not sure why it's taking so long, could have sworn they were supposed to be open last spring. Which was about six months ago, now that you mention it.

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                                                                                                              mcf Oct 14, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                                                                              I eat VERY low carb, zero at breakfast except for veggies in omelets, as a rule and I had plenty of choices at Chair 6. My last breakfast there was an omelet special of spinach and wild mushrooms to which I requested the addition of goat cheese. They had plenty of pick your own omelet choices. Beautiful and tender omelet, the best ingredients, plated with strawberries on the side.

                                                                                                              I only made an exception for the bread there, the only time all week because one taste was That Good. :-)

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                                                                                                      Scott_R Jan 24, 2013 07:19 AM

                                                                                                      A switcharound: Crazy Beans in Miller Place:
                                                                                                      http://www.facebook.com/crazybeansmil...

                                                                                                      It's an odd mix of café, coffeehouse, and... well, they have tap and bottled microbrewed beer (I had a nice Port Jeff Porter when I stopped by the other afternoon).

                                                                                                      Just had a "Neato Burrito": homefries, eggs (over easy), sautéed mushrooms & onion, and gouda (substituting for the standard American). Very tasty, if not my usual sort of thing. They don't have omelets on the menu per se, but are willing to custom-make things using whatever they have in house.

                                                                                                      I wish the place were closer to me; I like it quite a bit.

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                                                                                                        coll Jan 24, 2013 07:29 AM

                                                                                                        Scott, thanks for the heads up! We pass by there on a monthly basis, and will be stopping in next time. Sounds like my kind of place.

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                                                                                                          Motosport Jan 24, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                                                          You had beer with your breakfast? Nice!

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                                                                                                            Scott_R Jan 24, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                                            No, as I'd said, I had the beer the other afternoon. As the posting time indicates, I had the Neato Burrito in the morning.

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                                                                                                          Scott_R Feb 26, 2013 07:21 AM

                                                                                                          Back at Crazy Beans. I had the huevos locos burrito--eggs over easy, cheddar, bacon (I subbed avocado), and "crazy beans sauce" in a flour tortilla.

                                                                                                          I'm normally against the whole breakfast burrito thing, but this was pretty darned good.

                                                                                                          -- and yes I had coffee, not beer. :)

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                                                                                                            coll Feb 26, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                                            Didn't get there last month due to our doctor appts always being until 2:30 or so and I see they don't cook food after 3. I am planning our mid March appt to stop there on the way instead, maybe I'll even have a beer since it will be lunchtime!

                                                                                                            Yes I always plan my errands out of town around food.

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                                                                                                              Scott_R Feb 27, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                                              I will confess, I had a sort of mid-morning late breakfast there, dawdled with a few cups of coffee, then said "OK, it's after noon; time for a beer!"

                                                                                                              :)

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                                                                                                              Motosport Feb 26, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                              Have you been to Cook Room in Middle Island. They have the most amazing Huevos Rancheros ever!!!

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                                                                                                                Scott_R Feb 27, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                Multiple times... I think I posted about them once or twice somewhere in the mess above. I've enjoyed it, one of the better breakfasts on LI, but never been overly enchanted with the place due to the omelet choices being pretty standard.

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                                                                                                                  Motosport Feb 27, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                  But they have some amazing omelettes on their daily special menu.
                                                                                                                  I have to get over there for lunch one day. They have some very interesting sammiches.

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                                                                                                                    Motosport Feb 27, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                    Sausage, apple and cheddar omelette was on the daily special menu Sunday!!! To die for!!!
                                                                                                                    Even "coll" would like it!!

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                                                                                                                      Scott_R Feb 27, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                      Huh, that was also the omelet special when I went there on a Saturday back in January. :)

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                                                                                                                        Motosport Feb 28, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                        Was it good?

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                                                                                                                          Scott_R Feb 28, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                          Didn't order it.

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                                                                                                                            coll Feb 28, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                            I'll get it next week and report. If it's on the menu, of course!

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                                                                                                                              Scott_R Mar 1, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                              Which reminds me... I'm going out to Riverhead for my CSA winter share on the 9th, and I have to choose a place for breakfast--it's one of the few chances (winter especially) for me to be out East that early.

                                                                                                                              I'm debating where to go. My usual choices: Cook Room, Bonnie Jean's (much less attractive since they changed the menu) and Jeni's in Southold.

                                                                                                                              I don't know where else to go that satisfies my usual criteria.

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                                                                                                                                coll Mar 1, 2013 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                I can't remember but did you try Farm Kitchen in Riverhead? Or did you say it was too out of the way? (It's before town and not really as far as you would think)

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                                                                                                                                  Scott_R Mar 1, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                  re: Farm Country Kitchen
                                                                                                                                  Not too out of they way; they simply just don't serve breakfast--they open at noon.

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                                                                                                                                    coll Mar 1, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                    Oh sorry they were doing breakfast for awhile. They are in a state of flux but seem to be here to stay.

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                                                                                                                                  Motosport Mar 1, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                  Scott, you are a hard guy to satisfy.
                                                                                                                                  Try The Grind Cafe in Wading River
                                                                                                                                  or head a bit East out to Bruce's Cheese Emporium and Cafe in Greenport for an amazing breakfast.

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                                                                                                                                    Scott_R Mar 1, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                    Not really hard to satisfy. I have a few very basic requirements which I clearly set out. If I say I want a place with omelets/frittattas/scrambles and you send me to a place that's known for their pancakes but has a desultory offering of one or two ordinary omelets, I won't be impressed. Or with a place in the middle of farmland that serves the quotidian choices--spinach & feta, American cheese, and Western omelets--with stupidmarket eggs, I won't be impressed.

                                                                                                                                    I have a fridge stocked with Garden of Eve farm's amazing eggs and I can make a darned good omelet with them with just some fresh herbs. If I'm going to go out to eat, it's to a place that makes it worthwhile--mainly because they stock ingredients that it's difficult for me to keep around for occasional use or that requires more prep work than I want to put in for my own breakfast.

                                                                                                                                    Otherwise, why spend extra money to have a lesser breakfast?

                                                                                                                                    I should add that Bruce's is forever on my to-do list; I don't often make it out that far east, especially to arrive in the early morning.

                                                                                                                                    Addendum: I miss Winnie's. They didn't always have unusual choices, but with even the ordinary choices he made a fine omelet. It was all in the execution.

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                                                                                                                                      Motosport Mar 1, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                      Bruce's is not far from Southold and definitely worth the trip. Excellent omelettes and the most amazing bacon. If you like bacon you MUST get an order.
                                                                                                                                      Say hi to the chef/boss if you go. He's a friendly Chowhound fan.

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                                                                                                                                        MacTAC Mar 1, 2013 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                        Is Winnie's not re-opening?

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                                                                                                                                          Scott_R Mar 1, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                          Doesn't look like. They've had the same "renovating" sign up for about ten months now. I saw something a couple of weeks back in the Feed Me blog that put Winnie's on the list of closures:
                                                                                                                                          http://long-island.newsday.com/restau...
                                                                                                                                          though I don't know if that implies permanent or not.

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                                                                                                                            coll Feb 27, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                            I would especially like something like that, I'll have to put them in my "westernly" rotation.

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                                                                                                                      coll Mar 12, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                      Finally had a chance to stop at Crazy Beans around noon today. The place was packed, lucky to get a seat. We too ordered the huevos locos burrito, fantastic taste and the most expertly made tortilla wrap I have ever encountered; you didn't get a drop on your fingers, despite the melty egg yolk. Lots of interesting chicken items listed but since that's what I have on my menu for tonight, I got a BLT with avocado herb dressing. The bacon was out of this world, but the bread...oh the bread. I brought home the uneaten half and gave my spoiled cat the bacon, then proceeded to eat the leftover bread with just lettuce and tomato, despite the fact I usually avoid starches. This was worth the carbs. They have quite a few choices of bread for their sandwiches; I chose seven grain. They had ciabatta, rustic Italian, I can't remember them all but this bread, not to mention the whole grain tortilla on the burrito, were just above and beyond the usual. Attention to detail for sure.

                                                                                                                      Now let's get to the beer selections. They were out of Pt Jeff, which is what I had in mind, so my husband got the Rocky Point lager and I got the Greenport Blue Duck Porter. They are very proud of their selections and understandably so. So fresh and flavorful. The owner came over to introduce herself and was very sincere, I am glad they seem to be filling their seats, even on a rainy Tuesday like today.

                                                                                                                      They stop serving food at 3, and then have bands and other activities at night. I am sure their coffee is good too, as people were constantly walking out the door with a cup to go. But the beer selection is too good to miss, even if I go for breakfast next time!

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                                                                                                                        Motosport Mar 13, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                        Beer for breakfast!!!!!!!! How decadent!!!

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                                                                                                                          coll Mar 13, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                          Decadent is my middle name!

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                                                                                                                      Scott_R Jun 9, 2013 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                      It's been a while since I went someplace new; today, I tried Cook's Scratch Kitchen in Northport,
                                                                                                                      http://cookskitchenny.com

                                                                                                                      Service is walk-up: order/pay at the counter, and your food is brought to you. Not my favorite sort MO for breakfast, but not really a problem.

                                                                                                                      First issue is that one of my little turn-offs was immediately present: DYO omelettes. As I've noted, I do like to see a combination that immediately looks interesting. Things were somewhat more negative this time by the fact that there were so few ingredients offered (relatively speaking). No mushrooms? Really? The only vegetables to choose from were red pepper, spinach, and tomato.

                                                                                                                      I went with chicken apple sausage and spinach (the default is two fillings). The omelettes was competent if not exceptional (my standard for omelettes is still the French-style omelettes at the defunct Winnie's). The chicken apple sausage was somewhat bland, as were the home fries, which were nicely cooked but under-seasoned (by that I don't simply mean they needed salt).

                                                                                                                      <rant> They offered Tom Cat Bakery bread so I did what I normally don't do and ordered toast. But--and I realize I might be in the minority here--it came pre-buttered. I suppose I order toast so rarely it doesn't occur to me to specify no butter, but I really don't like butter on my toast. I don't get why places butter toast without being told to. It's like automatically serving coffee with milk. Why do they assume I want butter on my toast? </rant>

                                                                                                                      Anyway... not a *bad* breakfast, but I don't think I'd bother to make the trip back (since I live on the South Shore in Nassau)--unlike the nearby Relish, which is definitely worth the trip (even if they also, <sigh>, butter the toast).

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                                                                                                                        Gastronomos Jun 9, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                        Scott R, thanks for the update. Buttered toast is an intimate and very personal thing that should not be left up the waitperson to decide for you, just like french toast with butter and cinnamon and syrup, it is a very intimate and personal decision whether you want butter or anything on your toast or even want it 'french".

                                                                                                                        BTW, Did you happen to notice anyone enjoying anything else from the menu?
                                                                                                                        I often order something that I do not make at home or something a place claims to be "the special of the house" and watch others enjoy the plate they ordered more than I do my order.

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                                                                                                                          Scott_R Jun 9, 2013 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                          I can't recall ever taking notice of another customer enjoying anything anytime I've eaten out.

                                                                                                                          Actually, one bigger peeve than a place putting deciding on their on to put on toppings (I presume it's the kitchen, not the waitstaff) is the "we know better; there are no changes allowed" attitude:
                                                                                                                          http://lckny.com/breakfast.pdf
                                                                                                                          "We have a VERY small kitchen. For this reason we ask that you do not deviate from the menu in any way. The Eggs are prepared the way we feel they are best and we will not accommodate special requests, with the exception of Allergies."

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                                                                                                                            Gastronomos Jun 10, 2013 05:38 AM

                                                                                                                            "I can't recall ever taking notice of another customer enjoying anything anytime I've eaten out."
                                                                                                                            Yep. Home cooking is far superior no doubt and some of the offerings out here are dismal at best.

                                                                                                                            I get the pet peeve about no subs, but it is in contrast to your "build your own" omelet.
                                                                                                                            I actually like the fact that they won't accommodate the picky customer who ONLY wants to dissect each and every item on a 20 page menu. (that's not you of course)
                                                                                                                            As for the eggs prepared, I recently had a great breakfast upstate at the Phoenicia Diner. Limited menu printed on the paper place mat. They ask for no subs and the eggs are served "sunny side up". They have no problem serving very good "over easy", just as long as you don't change the whole menu around I suppose.
                                                                                                                            Peace

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                                                                                                                              Scott_R Jun 10, 2013 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                              There's a difference between being picky and making a reasonable request. I'm interested in LCK's corned beef hash with sunny-side up eggs, but I wouldn't want the hollandaise sauce that they put on it (I don't like rich and creamy sauces/toppings).

                                                                                                                              By their rules, asking for it to be left off would be verboten--yet my doing so means *less* work and cost for them.

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                                                                                                                                Gastronomos Jun 10, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                Have you tried? I don't think they'll have a problem with no sauce. It's very reasonable. And they seem like nice people.
                                                                                                                                I really, Really, REALLY want to like LCK. REALLY! It just doesn't have room for me.

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                                                                                                                                  Scott_R Jun 10, 2013 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                  I haven't asked; it's just that they were pretty specific: "...we ask that you do not deviate from the menu in any way."

                                                                                                                                  Doesn't seem to leave much wiggle room.

                                                                                                                                  How do you mean it doesn't have room for you?

                                                                                                                                  Anyone familiar with this place:
                                                                                                                                  http://www.hometowncafeei.com
                                                                                                                                  ?
                                                                                                                                  the menu doesn't look unusual, but I was wondering if it was well-executed.

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                                                                                                                                    Gastronomos Jun 11, 2013 04:26 AM

                                                                                                                                    Certain neighborhoods absolutely need to have that specified.

                                                                                                                                    It doesn't have room for me in the sense that my visits there have been odd. Poor service, poorly prepared food, etc.
                                                                                                                                    It looks like such a great place. Cool menu. And an odd vibe that doesn't fit, or fit me at least.

                                                                                                                                    Home Town Café ... that breakfast menu looks very inexpensive!

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                                                                                                                        SteveRosen Jul 1, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                        Have you tried Imperial on Merrick Road in Freeport? It's one of our Favorite spots for breakfast. They really do it right! Let me know if you go and how you enjoyed it!

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                                                                                                                          Scott_R Jul 1, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                          The breakfast menu looks pretty pedestrian.

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                                                                                                                          RebeccaLieb Jul 23, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                          On weekends Left Coast Kitchen does a fab breakfast/brunch!

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                                                                                                                            Scott_R Jul 23, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                            I've posted about them, above. Not more than average.

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                                                                                                                              Vitriolic Jul 23, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                              Its amazing how packed that place can get on the weekends. I've been there a number of times, but finally a handful of weeks ago, we had our first ever special: duck & wild boar sausage with poached eggs.

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                                                                                                                                Scott_R Jul 23, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                Surprising. The two, three times I've been there on weekends for breakfast, there've only been no more than four other tables occupied, and not all at once. I don't recall there being breakfast specials, but that could just be me.

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                                                                                                                                  Scott_R Jul 27, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                  Well, went back to LCK. This time, though, I didn't get one of their rather ordinary omelet; instead, I ordered the corned beef hash topped by three sunny side up eggs (the menu hadn't mentioned how many eggs).

                                                                                                                                  Very tasty, and quite substantial. I'm glad I ordered it without hollandaise (which I'm not fond of) as that would really have been gilding the lily--it's hours later I'm still stuffed. It wasn't like any other hash I've had, though it's difficult to distinguish exactly what was in the hash itself from the very loose eggs that covered it. For one, though, the potatoes were in bigger pieces than normally served in hash, more like home-fries. The dish was served in a bowl with the eggs completely covering the hash so they basically became one and the same.

                                                                                                                                  I do wish they had toast--not only is toast not served with egg dishes it's not even listed as a side, and the very soft eggs were just crying out for some good dry toast to sop them up.

                                                                                                                                  Vitriolic: looks like you were lucky. I asked the waitress about specials and she said that they have them sometimes every few weeks.

                                                                                                                                  It was again not crowded; my guest and I were the only ones there up until the time the food was served, and there were only two other tables taken when we finally left around 9:30 or so. It could be, I suppose, that most others go out later than I do for weekend breakfast.

                                                                                                                            2. Gastronomos Jul 25, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                              Heads up, there is a Breakfast place set to open soon on the SE corner of Park Blvd and Taylor Ave. in Massapequa Park two doors north of the now defunct "The Greek on Park" by the same owner who owns the Greek joint, the bar on the next corner up the street and several other joints in the nabe.

                                                                                                                              Hopefully the focus on breakfast (sign says they will be open only until 3pm daily) will bring a much needed breakfast spot to the south shore.

                                                                                                                              I'm not holding my breath. I don't see it as a "Maureen's Kitchen", but (almost) anything at this point is welcome.

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                                                                                                                                Scott_R Jul 25, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                Yes, it's to be called Jam. They're supposed to open in late July (they were originally shooting for June), though I don't know how on-target they are for the new date.

                                                                                                                                We have a few breakfast places on the South Shore, just over in Amityville: Cornucopia's Noshery, Park Ave. Grill, and Brownstone's.

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                                                                                                                                  Gastronomos Jul 25, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                  I have yet to try Cornucopia's Noshery and Brownstone's after my less than good meal at Park Ave. Grill, but should definitely give them a turn before Jam opens. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                    Gastronomos Jul 26, 2013 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                    Update: I don't *want* to trash a place after a first and only visit, but throwing good money after bad seems like not such a good idea anymore when a 45 - 60 minute drive to Maureen's Kitchen does the job.

                                                                                                                                    Park Ave Grill (Amityville) I had one meal with a friend, don't remember what we had, it was that forgettable.

                                                                                                                                    Toast & Co (Huntington) I ordered the "Signature Chorizo Skillet". Dissapointing. The "chorizo" was a bland boring sausage like substance that had less flavor than a Low Sodium Hillshire Farm Keilbasa and a texture that was offputting. The "Farmhouse White" toast was thick sliced Wonder Bread. The "crisp fried potatoes" are something I would like to hear others opinions on. I can't describe what they are and how much they don't belong on my plate.

                                                                                                                                    Brownstones (Amityville) Great looking place. I ordered "The Scramble". Worst breakfast I've had in a long while. Service was a joke. And no toast was offered or delivered. The potatoes were ICE COLD, not even room temp and were the frozen "potatoes O'Brien" kind supplied by Sysco. The coffee was fine and I might consider thinking about maybe stopping to grab a paper cup to go and quickly drive away.

                                                                                                                                    I will stop by Cornucopia's Noshery soon, but I don't know what to expect. The menu isn't that great looking on their website and I hope to find something that they claim on their website:
                                                                                                                                    ******CHECK OUT OUR SPECIALS BOARD!******

                                                                                                                                    Hope to see you at JAM , Scott_R !

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                                                                                                                                      Scott_R Jul 26, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                      I guess LI restaurants have it out for you. Brownstone's even went out and bought frozen Sysco potatoes for you, when for me I've seen them prep them (over in the same-owner bagel shop). I've never been thrilled by their menu, with its reliance on pork products in most of their egg dishes (I don't like pork), but the home fries have consistently been the better ones I've had around.
                                                                                                                                      Tip: "Farmhouse White" *is* a basic soft white bread, similar to Wonder;
                                                                                                                                      http://www.farmgirlfare.com/2011/01/farmhouse-white-easy-basic-white.html
                                                                                                                                      http://cookingfortwo.about.com/od/soupssaladssandwiches/r/whitebread.htm
                                                                                                                                      http://thecookerman.blogspot.com/2012...

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                                                                                                                                        Gastronomos Jul 26, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                        Fair enough. I fail at liking the "Farmhouse White Wonder bread" at a place called "Toast" , and still question the ice cold potatoes O'Brien at Brownstones.
                                                                                                                                        But why would you make a suggestion of their serving "breakfast" if you aren't a fan?...

                                                                                                                                        ..."We have a few breakfast places on the South Shore, just over in Amityville: Cornucopia's Noshery, Park Ave. Grill, and Brownstone's."

                                                                                                                                        I guess I'll keep Chowhoundin' on. I'm sure there is Something Somewhere. Maybe 'Jam' will be it?

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                                                                                                                                          Scott_R Jul 26, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                          My only objection was in the number of pork-laden offerings, not in the quality of the rest.

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                                                                                                                                            Gastronomos Jul 26, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7076...

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                                                                                                                                              Scott_R Jul 26, 2013 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                              ...which brings up the question about my making breakfast for myself???

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                                                                                                                                            mcf Jul 30, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                            Oh, there's plenty, everywhere. Lots of us find it regularly and enjoy.

                                                                                                                                            Including at numerous places you've dissed.

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                                                                                                                                          mcf Jul 30, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                          I've had the chorizo skillet and numerous other dishes at Toast, and I find myself wondering if you wandered into some parallel universe when you visited?

                                                                                                                                          The crisp fried potatoes (something I don't normally eat, but make a small exception here) are just that; small sticks of *very* crisp fried spud every single time I or DH have ordered them which is often. The bread is thick farm white, I don't eat more than one bite, but their toast is always good, no matter which bread you order.

                                                                                                                                          I've had one dish gone wrong there, with overcooked poached eggs that they quickly whisked away and replaced, very graciously. They were atop another menu item, I love, the southwestern skillet. I also enjoy their protein skillet and omelets.

                                                                                                                                          There are a lot of good reasons that this place is always filled, noisily crowded and the counter usually has patrons as well.

                                                                                                                                          As I said, many visits, never had an experience there anything like yours. If you got something cold or otherwise not proper, you owed it to them to let them know and give them a chance to make it right, as they did so cheerfully with my poached eggs. They'd have done it quickly and without complaint.

                                                                                                                                          Things that make you go "hmmmm."

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                                                                                                                                            Gastronomos Jul 31, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                            I haven't completely written off Toast, it does get busy. You go on about those "crisp fried potatoes" but did not address the chorizo in the title of the dish, "Signature Chorizo Skillet".

                                                                                                                                            I did read this today:

                                                                                                                                            http://www.longislandpress.com/2013/0...

                                                                                                                                            Thomas' Ham & Eggery Diner from above link:

                                                                                                                                            "Classic breakfast joints like Thomas’ are few and far between on an island blessed..."

                                                                                                                                            “It’s not a kind of diner that most people are accustomed to nowadays,” he says, ... “Those big, huge, metallic factory-type places want to be able to offer you everything from pancakes to Chinese roast pork, but that’s not who we are, that’s not what we do."

                                                                                                                                            I do enjoy, very much, the "Cheesy Grits" skillet at Thomas' as well as most other things at (especially) breakfast, lunch and dinner.

                                                                                                                                            Maureen's Kitchen is a jewel.

                                                                                                                                            Munday's is ok, if a bit "mundane" :-

                                                                                                                                            )

                                                                                                                                            Run-of-the-mill generic mediocrity doesn't get a raving review from me. I just call 'em as I see 'em. And if I do end up at Toast again I will give it another fair chance to prove that the food is what you say it is.

                                                                                                                                            ...and, FWIW, as I stated, the ice cold potatoes O'Brien were at Brownstones in Amityville, not Toast in Huntington. :-)

                                                                                                                                            ...and after my first visit to Cornucopia's Noshery I was so thoroughly unimpressed I doubt I will make time to return ever again. They are very nice people and deserve more customers. Maybe some advertising? I guess that the general population will like this place more than I do, and that's fine. I wish them well and continued success, even without me.

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                                                                                                                                              mcf Jul 31, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                              The chorizo is fine, if mild. The whole dish is very good. Never had anything but very crisp potato strips at Toast. Whether or not you go back is really not my concern; I just don't want the impression that the food is cold, soggy, Wonderbread or lackluster to stand uncorrected, having had frequent occasions to enjoy it.

                                                                                                                                              Maureen's Kitchen makes very good food, no question. Not as imaginative as Toast, though. They can be a bit rude and testy with customers, but at least half the time they're not.

                                                                                                                                              I don't go to Munday's and I can walk there. Love the ambience, umoved by the food.

                                                                                                                                              I haven't been there yet, but I've read that Relish in Kings Park has the best breakfasts to be found. Professor's Diner has a good rep, also in KP.

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                                                                                                                                                Gastronomos Jul 31, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                Maureen's Kitchen has been an adventure for me. I've only discovered it fairly recently and it's a long drive from the south shore of Nassau to Maureen's Kitchen, 45-60 minutes... so I don't get to go as often as I would like...
                                                                                                                                                (if only the south shore of Nassau had a Maureen's Kitchen...:-(

                                                                                                                                                I've only ordered from the specials board on weekday mornings and have been pleased with most of what I've had. (a balsamic glaze and a slice of flavorless "fresh mozzarella" over an omelet once was something I did not like, but that's a personal preference) .

                                                                                                                                                I haven't tried any of the sweet offerings yet, I like my breakfast savory, but the pancakes and French toast look good.

                                                                                                                                                An exception may be the one weekend meal I had there with the family where they were, as usual, very, very busy and the food was not as good. The scrambled eggs were cooked en masse to a much more firm than usual and cut into 'brick' size portions and plated...
                                                                                                                                                And I did not care for their "Tea biscuits and gravy", at all.

                                                                                                                                                My weekday meals on my own at the counter is where I also get a lot of attention from the servers behind the counter. Very friendly bunch of people, Kevin included.

                                                                                                                                                They aren't as "imaginative as Toast" as you say. But that's only on their printed menu. The specials board gets a little better and that's why I've so far only ordered from there.
                                                                                                                                                The last "complaint" would be the use of squares of generic deli sliced processed cheese on their food. It isn't attractive to me to see that square semi-melted on top of scrambled eggs or an omelet. But it keeps it pedestrian enough to attract a very large and diverse clientele...

                                                                                                                                                .......

                                                                                                                                                Relish in Kings Park has been on my list for too long. I tried to go once and they were closed for some reason, so I drove away... the previous diner there (I forgot the name) was ok enough for me to try and return,

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                                                                                                                                                  mcf Aug 1, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I haven't been to Sweet Mama's in Northport, but have seen some good reviews.

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                                                                                                                                                    Scott_R Aug 1, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I think the food is comparable to Maureen's, though the latter has the more-interesting specials. The specials menu at SM rarely seemed to really change the times I've been there; I'd asked a server about it and was told that they usually have the more-interesting omelets on *weekdays* rather than weekends, apparently because they streamline things on weekends because it's more crowded.

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                                                                                                                                                      Gastronomos Sep 4, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone have a rec for Sweet Mama's? I haven't been disappointed, nor impressed. I'm in the "whatever", "shrug my shoulders" point about Sweet Mama's.

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                                                                                                                                                  Scott_R Jul 31, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Over the course of three visits to Thomas's, the best meal I've have there aspired to mediocre. The home fries I've had there were definite contenders for the worst I've had.

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                                                                                                                                                    Gastronomos Jul 31, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                    The home fries alone are not great usually. That's another reason why I order the grits ;-)

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                                                                                                                                            Scott_R Aug 2, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                            Jam is aiming to open the week of August 12.

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                                                                                                                                              Gastronomos Oct 10, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                              Have you tried JAM yet?

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                                                                                                                                                Scott_R Oct 11, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                Probably tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                  Scott_R Oct 12, 2013 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                  ... and I'm back from Jam.

                                                                                                                                                  Coffee--beans from Massapequa Perk--was very good.

                                                                                                                                                  Started out with the "Jam Flight"; sweets aren't my usual thing for breakfast, but a little tasting is OK. Two of them, the blueberry ginger and tomato basil, were all right, if not memorable. I think the tomato basil would work better as a condiment on some dish rather than served with biscuits and croissants. The third, the three onion, was truly atrocious. The taste reminded me of something I'd taken one bite of and then realized it had turned; In a strange way, I almost hope that's what happened here, as I can't believe someone decided it should be served after having had a taste. Like Tammy Faye Baker looking at herself in the mirror and saying "I look good!"

                                                                                                                                                  Onto the main course, corned beef hash and eggs.

                                                                                                                                                  The over-easy eggs were cooked just right, just a bit of browning on the outside with runny yolks. Always glad when over-easy eggs actually come out over-easy.

                                                                                                                                                  The hash was quite good. Left Coast Kitchens (minus the hollandaise) remains my favorite on LI, followed by JT's; this was a very close third.

                                                                                                                                                  Home fries were above average; could have been made excellent by a little more seasoning.

                                                                                                                                                  Personal view: the hash and home fries would have been elevated if mixed and cooked together.

                                                                                                                                                  Service was competent enough. Ambient noise was quite high; Jam was jammed, and sounds weren't absorbed by the decor.

                                                                                                                                                  The place might have an issue in the winter: there is no vestibule and the front doors sort of command the interior; I'm picturing icy blasts every time they're opened during cold weather.

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                                                                                                                                                    Motosport Oct 12, 2013 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                    My advice: Don't go there in the Winter.

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                                                                                                                                                      Scott_R Oct 12, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Cold's not an issue so much for me--I've not infrequently worn a t-shirt to shovel snow on a calm, sunny day. But for older people or those with kids... it might be a problem.

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                                                                                                                                                      Gastronomos Oct 13, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I had the corned beef "hash" and eggs over easy as well. The corned beef seemed like it was house made as advertised. But, it wasn't "hash" though.
                                                                                                                                                      I agree with your, "Personal view: the hash and home fries would have been elevated if mixed and cooked together."
                                                                                                                                                      as it wasn't "hash" as much as chopped up corned beef glued together with a little beaten egg. Potatoes are classic inclusion in this as well as other hash ingredients that were missing, like onions...
                                                                                                                                                      My potatoes were burned black on one side and unseasoned as well.
                                                                                                                                                      My eggs, ordered over easy, were cooked quite crispy browned all over and medium well yolks.
                                                                                                                                                      Peter (the owner) was in the kitchen I was told and will be for the first few weeks.
                                                                                                                                                      They just opened, so they may need a short bit to iron out some stuff. I hope they are going to shape up to be good. We need a Maureen's Kitchen around here badly, but just OK good food will suffice.

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                                                                                                                                                        Scott_R Oct 14, 2013 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                        This is not the first place I've seen that does potato-less hash, so I've come to accept it--so long as it comes with home fries that I can mix in. Some crisply griddled onions would have been a welcome addition.

                                                                                                                                                        I prefer my potatoes on the crunchy side--I sometimes (when I remember to) order them well done. Not sure if I want them burned actually black, but I like very dark, crunch home fries much more than when they're still pale.

                                                                                                                                                        I don't usually say something about most food problems, but I'd send back over-easy eggs that come back over-medium or harder. I didn't say anything about the onion jam at the time because... well, what could they have done? Probably couldn't have sent out a non-horrible substitute since that's simply how it was... though I can't imagine them NOT going "ugh" if they actually tasted it.

                                                                                                                                                        If we're wishing for a great place on LI, I wouldn't wish for another Maureen's, I'd wish for something better, like a Dottie's from San Fran or Friendly Toast (Cambridge, MA) or Another Fork in the Road (Milan, NY).

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                                                                                                                                                          coll Oct 14, 2013 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                          But as Gastronomos noted, it is "hash", as in, NOT hash. I believe hash refers to potatoes. They should call it corned beef, period. I would be annoyed myself. Sorry to hear it's becoming a trend.

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                                                                                                                                                            Gastronomos Oct 14, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                            tasty as it was for chopped corned beef reheated in a ring mold held together by a little beaten egg, hash it was not. but the eggs were a big turn off as they were crispy brown and not a runny yolk at all. i'll take the corned beef, if I have to, IF they can fry an egg that isn't crunchy crispy brown bitter and horrible. potatoes where left on the flat top too long the day I got there and they burned black on one side of each small cube. toast was forgettable. IDK if i'll return soon. maybe give them a few months to figure out if they can cook or not.

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                                                                                                                                                            Gastronomos Oct 14, 2013 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                            about wishing for a great place on LI, I understand your point exactly. Maureen's just was a reference point as it is leagues above and beyond any breakfast place anywhere on this island. It's LI's Gold standard in breakfast to which all others pale in comparison.
                                                                                                                                                            if we go to the three others you mentioned, we'd be comparing apples to apples.
                                                                                                                                                            BTW, I'm not sure when I will return to Jam. maybe next month or after that. They need to get things in order first.

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                                                                                                                                                Scott_R Aug 10, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                I *finally* made it out to Bruce's in Greenport. Left home around 7 in the morning, so got there at a reasonable "breakfast" hour.

                                                                                                                                                I had the Wild Mushroom & Shallot omelet: excellent, almost on a par with what Winnie's used to serve, and certainly among the top 2 or 3 I've had on LI.

                                                                                                                                                Home fries were on the better side of average. Well-seasoned, though I prefer mine "drier" and crunchier rather than the sort of creamy style these were, but that's purely a personal preference.

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                                                                                                                                                  Motosport Aug 12, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I do hope you had their amazing bacon!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                    Scott_R Aug 12, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I'm not really a bacon fan but my guest ordered it and I tasted a piece. Too sweet for me.

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                                                                                                                                                      Motosport Aug 12, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I hope your guest liked it. It's like meat candy!!

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                                                                                                                                                        Scott_R Aug 12, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I just asked; same reaction (too sweet).

                                                                                                                                                        I guess there are just people who don't like their meat sweet. :)

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                                                                                                                                                          mcf Aug 12, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I'm one of those, too.

                                                                                                                                                2. sbp Sep 1, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Went to Cook Room in Middle Island a few weeks ago. Top notch breakfast. Home fries properly browned and crunchy - which you don't get too often. Beyond breakfast, the brownies and crumb cake sitting on the counter looked pretty amazing too. Wish they would relocate to Huntington!

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                                                                                                                                                    coll Sep 2, 2013 01:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                    No! You can't steal them from us!

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                                                                                                                                                      Gastronomos Sep 2, 2013 05:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                      can they open a second location on the south shore of Nassau? seems a wee bit selfish to keep all the good ones to yourselves... LOL! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                      Motosport Sep 2, 2013 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Sssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Keep it a secret!!

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                                                                                                                                                        coll Sep 2, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Last time I was there, a lot of the customers didn't look too local. I think they are doing fine as is, unless someday they want to expand. It's worth the drive!

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                                                                                                                                                      Scott_R Sep 14, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Went to The Hampton Maid today, as per this discussion:
                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/916526

                                                                                                                                                      Nice-looking sort of place. I'd been leery about going here because the breakfast menu was, well, pretty boring, but my original destination didn't pan out and this was the only place I knew of close by.

                                                                                                                                                      There was a breakfast special of corned beef hash, two eggs, potatoes, and toast; I ordered that with the eggs over easy and the nine-grain bread sans butter. Attached is a picture of what arrived.

                                                                                                                                                      I can't fault (or especially compliment) them on presentation, but criminy, how parsimonious can you get with potatoes? There's, what, two tablespoons worth there? The irony is that I'm usually against the honking-big platter, thinking it's too much food. Still do, but another nickel's worth of potatoes would have doubled what's there. There's not much hash there either, but I'm more OK with that; considering the eggs I don't think all that much more protein is needed.

                                                                                                                                                      Second thoughts to the potato portion: they were no more than just OK. Should have been more well-done (at least, for my tastes) and certainly better seasoned. Lower end of average for the potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                      The hash was forgettable, chopped so finely it had no texture, almost a paste; meat content was modest, and a pretty fatty cut at that. I remember something Anthony Bourdain wrote about this sort of thing: that often even higher-end restaurants use such dishes to get rid off extras. I wonder if they'd had a pastrami special the night before and used the hash to get rid of the trimmings. The pastrami hash at JT's in Nesconset is much, much better at 2/3 the price.

                                                                                                                                                      Can't fault the eggs; they were properly over-easy. I've had a weird run lately where eggs ordered over-easy came out over-medium or -hard

                                                                                                                                                      Coffee was above-average.

                                                                                                                                                      Service: waitress didn't crack a smile once. Not just with us, but not with other customers that I could see. When she took our order she never looked up from her pad. The hostess was wonderfully sweet and helpful. Wish I could have tipped her rather than the waitress; in retrospect, it's not SOP but I should have. Hope they pool tips.

                                                                                                                                                      I don't see it being worth a return trip.

                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                        coll Sep 14, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Most breakfast places, even the good ones, use canned corned beef hash. Some brands are better than others, but still, they are canned, not made of leftovers. Lots simpler that way.

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                                                                                                                                                          Scott_R Sep 14, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Hampton Maid's Specials menu said it was housemade.

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                                                                                                                                                            coll Sep 15, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Oh, OK. So where is the corned beef coming from is the question, do they have it on their lunch menu I wonder.

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                                                                                                                                                              Scott_R Sep 15, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Do they have a lunch menu? (I should have typed, left over at day's end, not night.)

                                                                                                                                                              I'd guessed maybe pastrami and eggs special or the like from the previous couple of days, where the pastrami would be served in whole strips. You'd trip off the fatty bits, and there are always the leftover several slices from from each end.

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                                                                                                                                                                coll Sep 15, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                When I worked in a kitchen, we'd use canned/prepared goods and add some parsley, and call it homemade. Not saying that's what they're doing, but just saying!

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                                                                                                                                                                  Scott_R Sep 15, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Considering what the dish was like, I wouldn't be surprised if that was what had happened. :)

                                                                                                                                                                  The texture was more like sausage filling than hash.

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                                                                                                                                                                    coll Sep 15, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    So sad!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Motosport Sep 16, 2013 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      The last time I was at Hampton Maid I had an outstanding eggs benny with fresh fruit excellent coffee and sparkling cheery service!!
                                                                                                                                                                      One of us is doing something wrong.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Scott_R Sep 16, 2013 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know what they had you do there, but I wasn't the one who made the breakfast, so there wasn't much I could have done about it.

                                                                                                                                                                        Besides, as I'd said, (1) the coffee was above average, (2) the eggs were properly cooked, (3) the waitress was brusque and unsmiling to *every* table I saw her go to, while the hostess was "wonderfully sweet and helpful", and (4) I attached a picture, so if nothing else, quantity can be verified. Did I somehow influence the kitchen into giving me less?

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                                                                                                                                                          Motosport Sep 15, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Maybe they read CH??

                                                                                                                                                        3. Motosport Oct 13, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I've given a thumbs up to Love Lane Kitchen in the past. They have become very popular and seem to have caught "Hampton Mania".
                                                                                                                                                          I went there solo this morning about 8:30. They were busy but not full. There was an empty 4 top and 4 empty seats at the family style table in the middle. The counter was full. The "hostess" said, "you'll have to wait about 15 minutes."
                                                                                                                                                          I looked over at the family table, she followed my gaze and said I could not sit there. I would have been happy to sit with strangers. I am sure that if a group of three came in they would have gotten seated.
                                                                                                                                                          Thumbs down to Love Lane Kitchen. I won't be back.
                                                                                                                                                          Off I went to Jeni's Main St café for an amazing special: Texas Turtle French toast!!! Busy but not too busy to put me at a table for two.

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                                                                                                                                                            coll Oct 13, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Unfortunately, with the influx of money recently, certain places can't help being full of themselves. At least there's plenty more to choose from.

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                                                                                                                                                            emarcus Oct 14, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Hounds--and Scott R in particular--check out this recent thread on the Eat Long island, Drink Long Island Facebook group:

                                                                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/groups/25900...

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                                                                                                                                                              Gastronomos Oct 14, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                              nice! thanks!

                                                                                                                                                              I was at The Cook Room yesterday for a "spicy scramble" special. the chorizo was good and chorizo spiced, as it should be. home fries were very well done with lots of (cooked, not raw) green bell pepper and some onion. scramble was text book good. my last visit to The Cook Room was a surprise when I ordered "biscuits & gravy" from the specials board and the gravy was a bacon gravy. it was on the special board again yesterday listing a choice, I assumed, of bacon or sausage gravy. :-)
                                                                                                                                                              Relish in Kings Park is next. hopefully open this time as they were closed my last trip there. The previous place that was a diner type place there wasn't bad, and back then had sweet potato tots. keeping my hopes up. :-)
                                                                                                                                                              Still, thus far, Maureen's Kitchen is the Gold Standard by which I judge all aspiring flat-top / grillmen / short order cooks on Long Island. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                Gastronomos Oct 20, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Relish. I liked the last incarnation of a diner like place at this spot. That said, my first visit to Relish was nice, but boring. The "specials" recited to me by the waitperson were not up my alley, as they were all sugary sweet items I think, so I opted for a menu item listed as:

                                                                                                                                                                Cheddar Grits and Applewood Smoked Bacon ....................$10.99
                                                                                                                                                                2 eggs, brown sugar glazed bacon, homefries & toast.

                                                                                                                                                                I was promptly told there will be an up charge of $1 for sour dough or english muffin.

                                                                                                                                                                Large portion of grits with very little, if any cheddar, large portion of deep fried potato pieces with some onions scattered throughout, the best part of the potatoes was that they were salted in the kitchen :-)
                                                                                                                                                                and two over easy eggs that were crispy crunchy and more medium / medium well at the yolk than over light, but not the end of the world. and bacon that was crumbly crisp and broken up into pieces on top of everything.
                                                                                                                                                                It was a large portion of grits and potatoes. I actually didn't finish everything and even ate only one of the two +$1 slices of sour dough toast.

                                                                                                                                                                Location? Maybe? It's closer than Smithtown for me, but so is Jam. I'll see if I can fit in another visit just to see if they can make scrambled eggs as good as Maureen's

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                                                                                                                                                              Scott_R Nov 16, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                              At Javier's Cafe in Smithtown today,
                                                                                                                                                              http://www.javierscafe.com/
                                                                                                                                                              I'd liked that the omelet selection is not limited to the run-of-the-mill offerings.

                                                                                                                                                              Had the Artichoke, Roasted Pepper, Eggplant, & Mozzarella Cheese, and it was nicely made. Home fries were middle of the pack; as is often the case, they could have been more seasoned, and I like mine crisper (next time, I'll specify well-done).

                                                                                                                                                              Coffee flowed nonstop along with the attentive service.

                                                                                                                                                              Little thing: I like that they actually specified on the menu that the toast comes buttered, which reminded me to order it without. It was all right, but looked to basically be from mass-market bread. There are enough great bread bakeries in the area that I wish more places used them, but I suppose pennies have to be saved.

                                                                                                                                                              The experience make me think, though: does anyone on LI do French omelets like Winnie's used to? The only time I've had once since they closed is when I make it for myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                Scott_R Nov 29, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Went to Estia's Little Kitchen,
                                                                                                                                                                http://estiaslittlekitchen.com/
                                                                                                                                                                in Sag Harbor.
                                                                                                                                                                The online menu is not complete: I had a red flannel hash made with chorizo rather than corned beef. Very good.
                                                                                                                                                                I don't normally go out to the Hamptons, but circumstances brought me out there last week with a return this weekend; I'm going to try another item, probably "Isabelle's Request" unless I see something else not on the online menu that appeals to me.

                                                                                                                                                                Speaking of which, I'd gone to Hampton Coffee Co in Watermill for breakfast a few weeks ago and was unimpressed.

                                                                                                                                                                If I needed a single word to describe it, I'd use "parsimonious." OK, it's the Hamptons, and that equals expensive. But expensive is one thing and stingy is another: my guest ordered an omelet, and it didn't come with home fries. Really? One of the cheapest-ingredient sides couldn't be included? And then there's the toast: it came with a pretty miserly single slice.

                                                                                                                                                                I had the Mexican Breakfast Tacos. The menu says it comes in two soft corn tortillas, but I'd swear they were wheat flour (and relatively tasteless versions at that). The filling was tasty, but again miserly: maybe two tablespoons in each tortilla, at most, closer to one and a half (and whoever prepared it didn't know how to wrap them).

                                                                                                                                                                And for a place that has its roots as a coffee roaster, giving customers *one* refill? Oh, come on! (and it took some effort to even get that much.)

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                                                                                                                                                                  Scott_R Jan 18, 2014 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  First disappointing breakfast I've had at Relish. It was a breakfast special... and while I'll admit it's possible I misremembered some of the description, what I ordered isn't at all like what I expected.

                                                                                                                                                                  Corn cakes covered in spicy tomato and two eggs any style. What came out was tortilla chips in red sauce. Some crumbled up sausage, which I hadn't remembered from the description but that could have just been me. Spicy? Not to my palate. Basically, it was a fancy version of something a guy would throw together in his college dorm.

                                                                                                                                                                  When the waitress finally asked how things were I'd eaten the poached eggs and had left the main dish pretty much untouched. I said I wasn't so wild about it; she went away, and when she came back said the chef offered to make it spicier. Not really the issue, and I also declined a substitute since my guest by then had pretty much finished and I wasn't going to wait around another 20 minutes to start something else.

                                                                                                                                                                  Annoyingly, I was charged full price, so I ended up paying $14 for two poached eggs. I was had no problem paying for what I'd eaten--and expected to do so--but a little discretion would have been appreciated. Even $7-8 for two eggs would simply have gone down as "that's how things go."

                                                                                                                                                                  OTOH, breakfast last week at the Cook Room was dandy. Very nice hash, though not quite in the league of JT's or LCK, but enjoyable.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Morning Rose Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                    317 Bedford Ave, Bellmore, NY 11710
                                                                                                                                                                    (516) 221-5010
                                                                                                                                                                    morningrosecafe.com

                                                                                                                                                                    My first visit to this new place that opened recently.

                                                                                                                                                                    DELICIOUS!

                                                                                                                                                                    Bubbabiscuits.......$12
                                                                                                                                                                    Buttermilk Biscuits, Creamy Sausage Gravy, Slow Roasted Tomato, Maple Pork Patty, 2 Eggs any style

                                                                                                                                                                    Two HUGE muffin tin drop biscuits with a spoonful of decent sausage gravy, very tasty Slow Roasted Tomatoes, eggs over easy were cooked by an expert and the sausage patty had some actual taste to it. I couldn't finish the entire plate. It was a lot of very tasty good food.

                                                                                                                                                                    Benedict…$13
                                                                                                                                                                    (All Served With Skillet Fries, 2 Poached Eggs & Hollandaise)
                                                                                                                                                                    Cured Salmon & Multigrain

                                                                                                                                                                    My friend Licked the plate clean.

                                                                                                                                                                    OH! they started us off with a small (apple) muffin and some jam, just to whet the appetite.

                                                                                                                                                                    Scott_R, you may want to skip the watery coffee here.

                                                                                                                                                                    A DEFINITE return to this blissful little cafe in Downtown Bellmore Village.

                                                                                                                                                                    BTW, I do not read Newsday anymore, though I do miss the food section. I do occassionally get to read an article or two online about food without being blocked to pay first.
                                                                                                                                                                    If you can read this link below, it's by Newsday and doesn't offer opinion on the food, just that it has opened and that the chef is formerly of the food truck "Rollin' Cubans".
                                                                                                                                                                    http://long-island.newsday.com/restaurants/feed-me-1.812004/morning-rose-cafe-opens-in-bellmore-1.6538826

                                                                                                                                                                    Other websites also agree that this little place is a real "GEM". and, "The menu is plentiful yet not excessive which obviates stress." YES!

                                                                                                                                                                    also: http://bellmore.patch.com/groups/busi...

                                                                                                                                                                    All the Best! Enjoy! Ciao!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Scott_R Jan 26, 2014 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Had a chance to go there today.
                                                                                                                                                                      First of all, the coffee: at least what I was served was not as weak as I'd anticipated, though I prefer it stronger. From anecdotal observation, I think that coffee served in glass mugs, especially narrow ones (as these were) tends to APPEAR weak (due to the light passing through) and so, I think, exacerbates that perception.

                                                                                                                                                                      [Free] muffin appetizer: don't think it was apple today, but was pretty tasty. Came with a mixed berry ham and a chocolate butter (i.e., cocoa mixed with butter). Ironically, the jam here was quite a bit better than what I had in Jam in Massapequa Park.

                                                                                                                                                                      Main meal: roasted tomato, spinach, scallion, mushroom, truffle gruyere omelette. Overall, very good. A lot of butter used in the prep which I'm sure plenty of chefs, from Jacques Pepin to Julia Child, would have applauded, though I find it a tad distracting. Still, hardly a negative--just a personal preference that I want to taste the featured ingredients much more than ancillary ones. No points off for this, but something I'll keep in mind.

                                                                                                                                                                      Home fries: better side of average. Well seasoned though more creamy than crunchy and I prefer the latter. As always, I forgot to ask to have them served well-done.

                                                                                                                                                                      Service was very friendly and attentive; couldn't have asked for more.

                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the find, Gastronomos.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Gastronomos Feb 13, 2014 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm about half way through the menu, breakfast and lunch, and I'm desperately seeking flaws. I will keep you posted...

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                                                                                                                                                                      Scott_R Feb 6, 2014 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      FYI, Country Corner Café in Southold, which had been kicked out of its location in the corner of the IGA, reopened down the street and becoming Bonnie Jean's, is once again Country Corner.
                                                                                                                                                                      http://countrycornersouthold.com

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                                                                                                                                                                        Motosport Feb 6, 2014 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        It was sold but the new owners had a rough time so the original owners had to take it back.
                                                                                                                                                                        Seems to be common with restaurants and delis.
                                                                                                                                                                        We like the place either way but much prefer Jen's Main St Grill down the street. Much more creative breakfast offerings and FABULOUS biscuits.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Scott_R Feb 6, 2014 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Can the biscuits be ordered sans butter, or are they baked that way?

                                                                                                                                                                          Also, I don't remember anything unusual on the breakfast menu the one time I went. Does the link below have the full & current menu, and do they do omelet specials? The ones on the menu look like typical diner offerings.

                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.yelp.com/menu/jenis-main-s...

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                                                                                                                                                                            Motosport Feb 7, 2014 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, you can get the biscuits without butter. Also excellent sticky buns!! They run out of both before lunch.
                                                                                                                                                                            There are always interesting omelettes and other breakfast offerings.
                                                                                                                                                                            What they don't seem to have is a good online menu. Take a leap of faith!!

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                                                                                                                                                                              synergy Feb 7, 2014 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I too love Jeni's...best breakfast on the NF. Soups are outrageous too. Often I get containers to go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Scott_R Feb 7, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, I'd been there once... I really don't recall a strong reaction either way. It's posted about somewhere in this thread. I'm going to the NoFo this Saturday and my debate was whether to go back there, or try Country Cafe under its current ownership (I haven't been back to for nearly a year).

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Motosport Feb 7, 2014 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Both good food. Jeni's is a bit more "exotic.''

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                                                                                                                                                                          Scott_R Feb 15, 2014 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Two recent visits:
                                                                                                                                                                          Had a disappointing experience at Jeni's in Southold. Ordered an omelet off the special menu, featuring turkey pepperoni & Swiss, plus a few other ingredients I'm forgetting. Competently made omelet nothing to make note of, a bit skimpy with the bits of turkey pepperoni.
                                                                                                                                                                          Seasoning on the home fries was fine, texture a bit mushy, but served barely warm.
                                                                                                                                                                          Biscuit was average; I make them better.

                                                                                                                                                                          Back to Morning Rose in Bellmore. Had a cured salmon, green onion, roasted tomato, spinach, and lemon feta frittata that was very enjoyable. Did not come with home fries (their not being included was specified on the menu).

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                                                                                                                                                                            Scott_R Mar 8, 2014 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Back out to the NoFo for my farm share, and I stopped at Country Corner Cafe in Southold (formerly Bonnie Jeans, formerly Country Corner Cafe).

                                                                                                                                                                            Had some very good corned beef hash, certainly above-average. Poached eggs were OK--nice liquidy center, but whites too chewy (water maybe salted? or too hot?). Home fries were excellent: well-seasoned small pieces with crisp exteriors and creamy inside.

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                                                                                                                                                                              coll Mar 8, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I could swear I drove by there a couple of hours ago and it said going out of business? At least there was a sign in their parking lot saying someone was going out of business. For your sake I hope I'm wrong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Scott_R Mar 8, 2014 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                If so, I missed that. I'd be surprised if that were the case: unless a place is clearing inventory (not something a cafe would do) it's not SOP to put out a "going out of business" sign, as that makes customers stop going before they close.

                                                                                                                                                                                I *did* see a sign saying it was back under original management.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  coll Mar 8, 2014 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I was driving so I just glanced at it. Hopefully I misread.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Gastronomos Mar 7, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Anyone read Newsday online? apparently there was a list of breakfast spots on Long Island and just curious since I do not read Newsday or read it online or subscribe to Optimum ...

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                                                                                                                                                                              coll Mar 7, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Not sure it will work here, but....http://long-island.newsday.com/restau...

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                                                                                                                                                                                mcf Mar 7, 2014 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I would add Toast, Huntington to that list, and endorse Maureen's if you don't mind a long wait, along with Premier Diner for any meal. I haven't gotten to Relish or Professor's yet, but want to!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Gastronomos Mar 7, 2014 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks. is there a way to copy / paste the list here?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    mcf Mar 7, 2014 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Not without copyright violation, I duntheenso. Plus, no printer friendly version to copy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      coll Mar 8, 2014 02:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      My computer was able to copy and paste the text part, you'd have to do each page separately though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Gastronomos Mar 8, 2014 04:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        if only Newsday was available to me. I am not a subscriber of the paper or optimum cable and cannot access the information. I was just curious what Newsday chose as breakfast spots on Long Island.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Scott_R Mar 8, 2014 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Same issue here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            emarcus Mar 8, 2014 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            For what it's worth--and you guys know I am not here to promote Newsday--unlimited digital access costs $3.49/week and, for reasons I can't understand, home delivery PLUS unlimited digital access starts at $2.49/week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              mcf Mar 8, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Circulation number inflation? :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                coll Mar 8, 2014 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                And if you have Optimum it's free, right? That's the only reason I have it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    dixdiner Mar 8, 2014 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Any one try Jam's in Massapequa Park?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Gastronomos Mar 8, 2014 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      two reviews on this thread from when they first opened:

                                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/707694#8379702

                                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7076...

                                                                                                                                                                                      dixdiner, have you tried Jam yet? I was waiting for them to get there stuff in order before I returned. Looking forward to another review and hopefully another return.

                                                                                                                                                                                      in the meantime, I've been seen regularly at Morning Rose Café in Bellmore.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Scott_R Mar 9, 2014 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Stopped by Cornucopia's Noshery the other day. It was technically lunchtime, but I had a breakfasty item: an omelet stuffed with jerk chicken. It was NOT how it sounds: the chicken was a relatively subtle but flavorful jerk, five spice powder being part of the base. Very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Scott_R Mar 22, 2014 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Javier's Cafe in Smithtown today. I keep forgetting about this place.
                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.javierscafe.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                        Omelet was well made, if nothing unusual by way of ingredients. Home fries (with peppers and onions) were well seasoned but could have been more-done (I never remember to specify such).
                                                                                                                                                                                        I suppose I'd place them solidly in the middle of the pack (of those places I mention in this thread, of course), maybe a little above average.

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