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Apr 25, 2012 07:25 AM

Any great breakfast places in Plainview, Huntington or nearby?

Hi, heading to wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club Saturday night. Any suggestion for breakast on Sunday before we leave for home? Staying in Plainview - surrounding areas would be fine - home is upstate.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. A little futher out is Maureens Country Kitchen which has a great breakfast but usually a bit of a wait.

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    1. re: drbelfer

      Maureen's would be a really out of the way shlep from Plainview and then going back upstate. :)

      1. re: Scott_R

        Old school diner. I think they built the town around it.

    2. Try The Chef's Corner in Mineola. Not in Plainview but not that far away, and it would be on the way home:
      (note that their breakfast menu is expanded on weekends)

      1. Toast, in Huntington village makes great breakfast. Maureen's kitchen is a haul in the wrong direction, and lots of construction delays. There are a lot of good brunches in Huntington, too. If you want a quick, cool retro diner style breakfast that's more innovative and gourmet than diner food, Toast is a good bet.

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        1. re: mcf

          I lean a bit more to Munday's over Toast, though neither place is at the top of my list.

          1. re: Scott_R

            I really enjoyed Toast, more than I've liked Munday's, ever. Go figure. :-)

            1. re: mcf

              For me, it's the relative shortage of omelet choices at Toast that drops them in my ratings.

              1. re: Scott_R

                For me, the quality of what I was served outweighs quantity. I mean, there are a LOT of lousy diners, for instance, with myriad omelet choices. But bad ones.

                1. re: mcf

                  To be specific, I'm not speaking of quantity but of variety--and at that, not that the place must have two dozen different omelets to choose from, but that the choices be interesting.

                  I've never been a fan of the "Create your omelet" thing--in large part because the options given tend to be boring. Looking over the choices at Toast, they're pretty pedestrian. I want a place to mix it up, do something different.

                  Just today, for example, I went to Winnie's in Bay Shore; they had an omelet special with broccoli rabe and mozzarella. I can't recall seeing an omelet like that before (either as a selection or with BR as a choice); it was delicious. Two weeks ago, I was at Cornucopia's Noshery in Amityville, and they made me a custom omelet with baby beets, goat cheese, and sunflower seeds. Not my own creation--it was "hey, how would you like...." Excellent.

                  It's been a while since I went to Toast/Huntington. IIRC, I had an omelet special (i.e. not on the regular menu), but it was pretty ordinary--in execution I mean, not content (I don't recall what was in it). No better than an acceptable diner omelet. The experience was enough that my guest and I didn't think it worth a return trip--maybe if they were closer, yes, but not worth a half hour drive.

                  Between the two places (Munday's and Toast), I've been to each precisely three times. While not wowed by either, what I had at Munday's was as well-executed as anything I'd had at Toast, but more interesting in content.

                  1. re: Scott_R

                    I see your point about creative omelets and I wish I could recall exactly what I had at Toast when I finally made it there. What I recall was how above the normal standard the quality and freshness of ingredients were, as well as execution. I haven't been back to Munday's in years, but my recollections are all of very pedestrian food in a charming environment.

                    1. re: mcf

                      I too like Munday's, though I have never been to Toast. Munday's can seem pedestrian if you go after the breakfast specials are over. A few weeks ago I had their Linzer french toast and it was delish, if a little sweet... Everything is fresh and good. Not my experience at diners on LI....

                      1. re: mcf

                        I should add... the timeline won't help the OP, but this might be an interesting addition to Huntington when they open:

                        1. re: Scott_R

                          word has it it is now going by the name Blondees Bistro - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Huntington

                          anybody been?

                          1. re: Gastronomos

                            Yelp reports it closed, looked to be when I drove by last.

                            Pretty bad reports in each incarnation.

                            1. re: mcf

                              thanks. saves me a bad trip. :-)

          2. About a half mile west of the Crest Hollow is the On Parade diner with good breakfasts.

              1. re: davmar77

                I was just there yesterday for some of the best eggs over and chicken sausage with grits. worth it X2.

                I'm not an omelet fan, nor a 'frittata' fan. Way too overcooked just about everywhere on earth. So I lean towards the eggs over or scrambled.

                FWIW the grillman was the old Greek guy with the greased slicked back truck driver style haircut. He knows what he's doing for sure. The other guys, not so much. If you go when the old Greek guy is manning the flat top, you'll eat well.

                I also noticed a lot of waffles flying outta the kitchen...

                  1. re: Gastronomos

                    we were visiting relatives and friends last weekend where we used to live on long island. on sunday we went to thomas'. i had peaches and cream stuffed french toast with a side of home fries. my wife had a scramble with spicy chicken sausage, broccoli rabe and melted parmesan. great stuff.

                    1. re: davmar77

                      Nice. I noticed the guy at the flat top on Sundays is the older guy that knows what he's doing. He's not there during the week usually. You'll eat well when he is making your food for sure.