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Anything to eat in the area? Family with kids that eat everything.

Thanks!

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  1. If you want to stay in town, Diggers down at the west end of the village has a good pub menu. A lot of my neighbors with kids go there, for special occasions, very kiddie friendly. They also recently opened a brewery, so if you're into beer that's a plus. I have never had a complaint with the food.

    Parto's pizza is casual but great food. Cliffs right next door to Aquarium for a steakhouse type meal, if the kids are big eaters (pretty sure there's a kids menu though). Don't go to Jerry and the Mermaid, they have gone way downhill.

    Cody's BBQ might be perfect too, it's a fun atmosphere and they have a back deck overlooking the river if it's a nice day. If you want to get really adventurous, take them to Turkauz, shares a parking lot with the Aquarium, really great authentic Turkish. Also with a small porch overlooking the river.

    All of the above are walking distance, so you should find something to suit the whole family.

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    1. re: coll

      coll, thank you!
      Really a great reply. I look forward to visiting some of these places during the summer when visiting the aquarium.
      The fact that we can walk to them from the aquarium is a BIG plus!!
      BTW, down the road a ways, closer to Tanger, there's this little "burrito grill" that looked busy when I drove by last. Any word on this place? And, if you know, what's the deal with Athens Grill?
      Thanks again!

      1. re: Gastronomos

        You must be talking about Funchos, it's a really nice place. Not very authentic unless you're into California Mission style, but for the kids it would be enjoyable. With Snowflake Ice Cream in the same parking lot, how can you go wrong?

        There is a VERY authentic Mexican place right over the tracks going east from the Aquarium, but it might be a little too authentic for a family type outing. Totally home style, but if you're looking for take out it could work. Taqueria Mexico, across from Town Hall.

        Athens was always good but has gone way upscale, the food is impeccable but it is somewhat expensive now and, dare I say, much more "adult" than you may be looking for.

        1. re: coll

          coll, you are really nice, thank you! I think that we will put Funchos and Taqueria Mexico on the list to try with your other recs. We will take a pass on Athens in favor of more casual spots.
          We sometimes make it to the aquarium with other families. Some are Applebees types and others will eat food. LOL.
          Tanger (and maybe Splish Splash...) might be on the list again this summer, so our options are now no longer limited!
          Thanks!

          1. re: Gastronomos

            Joe's Crab Shack just opened on Rte 58, a bit east of Tangers, if your friends insist on chains. In the Waldbaums shopping center.

            Spicy's is great too, for southern style chicken and ribs, but again you may want to take out. They have a very eclectic clientele. When there is an event in town, we like to pick up and take with us, have never had the desire to eat in. But the sides that come with the dinners are some of my favorites eats in the world, even if just mac salad and greens.

            On the other hand you have Maple Tree Deli going up towards Tangers and they make very authentic BBQ, if the others lean that way.

            1. re: coll

              I couldn't find any prices on the Maple Tree Deli web page . How are the prices and serving sizes ? Thanks

              1. re: scunge

                Nice portions and reasonable prices. Typical for a deli, although they are not really a deli anymore. They even have tables inside now. Really nice owners too, which is always a bonus to me.

                1. re: coll

                  I'd posted some time ago about really liking Maple Tree; nice to hear about the tables. I keep missing out on returning: I keep passing by (on the way to Snowflake) and d'oh! it hits me--I'd almost always eaten out shortly before, forgetting about MTD.

              2. re: coll

                coll, and mcf, thanks for turning me on to Spicy's.
                Two visits and two great meals.
                first was two 1/2 chicken dinners to go on the 1+ our trip home. thankfully she asked if we wanted sauce on the side instead of the chicken dipped into it. chicken was still warm enough without needing reheating and the skin still crispy, not soggy or greasy at all.
                second was a bucket of 50 wings and a bucket of 12 HUGE ribs. sadly the ribs were dipped in the Spicy's sauce.
                we are not fans of the sauce at all. I also noticed the girls working there were eating their chicken plain fried and they splashed a little bottled hot sauce on it to eat. they also made for themselves whole uncut chicken wings, not the same ones served to customers. still, no Spicy's sauce.
                I saw on each of two occasions only one table of two eating in the place and many orders to go. busy place. and with good reason. Thanks :-)

        2. re: coll

          add 1 to COLL's list: Right next to the aquarium on the river is the Turkuaz Grill for fabulous Turkish food. Closed Tuesdays. Parto's is closed Mondays.

        3. Spicy's for fried chicken... at least to bring home!

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          1. re: mcf

            I thought Spicy's just did wings

            1. re: scunge

              Nope, fried chicken is where they shine best, IMO.

            2. re: mcf

              mcf, thanks! please see my reply to coll. I extend thanks to you as well! :-)

              1. re: Gastronomos

                I saw it, I don't like their sauce either, nor their ribs, actually. Glad you enjoyed it.

                1. re: mcf

                  Blasphemy!!!

                  1. re: Motosport

                    I hoard the leftover sauce myself. I'm pretty sure it's Cattleman's Gold with hot sauce added, but have never been able to duplicate. Their ribs are Ok, but usually have to be further cooked for awhile, to "fall off the bone". The chicken, I doubt I'll ever get close to it at home. But the sides are what clinches it for me, greens and mac salad are sublime. I usually eat them BEFORE the chicken! My husband used to worship their mac and cheese too, and he should know. Oh and fried oysters, nice for a special occasion. Time for a visit......

                    1. re: coll

                      I love their greens, too. Though my new favorite collards are the sauted ones at Mara's Homemade, but not their stewed or their smoked meats.

                      1. re: coll

                        Spicy wants his sauce back!!!

                      2. re: Motosport

                        It won't help if i tell you I was underwhelmed by Turkuaz, will it?

                        ;-)

                        Actually, I love vinegar based sauce, but there's was too thickened and sticky for me, or something and I didn't love the taste.

                        1. re: mcf

                          Turkuaz is simple home made Turkish. It's the best we have in Riverhead.
                          If you want exceptional Turkish get over to: Mavi Grill in Mt Sinai

                          1. re: Motosport

                            I live near Hicksville, so no need. We had decent food at Turkuaz, some was really good, but I think expectations had been set too high. The servers were very sweet, but service was pretty scarce, too.

                      3. re: mcf

                        The ribs didn't fit the container and the girls were making comments to each other about them.
                        The ribs were soaked in the sauce, so none of us cared for them. The next day the leftover ribs were reheated and then brushed with some bottled BBQ sauce. Still, not a a good rib, but I had to try for myself to find out :-)

                        1. re: Gastronomos

                          I know the menu says pork ribs, but I have a feeling they could be beef, judging from the toughness. Definitely a weak link.

                          1. re: coll

                            I think they may have been, too, recalling the size as well. I like smoked beef ribs, just not as much.

                            1. re: coll

                              i will say they were pork ribs. they were very tender and very fatty. they weren't smokey BBQ ribs tho.

                              1. re: Gastronomos

                                They are very hit or miss, sadly.

                                1. re: coll

                                  I usually get the Sushi a the Aquarium snack bar. Very fresh!

                                  1. re: Motosport

                                    nice

                                    1. re: Gastronomos

                                      Nemo sahimi!!

                                      1. re: Motosport

                                        I hope there weren't children crying in the background ;-)

                                        1. re: coll

                                          Everywhere I go children cry.