Tasty burgers for National Cheeseburger Day, delicious bites at the Lobster Roll aka LUNCH, Springs Brewery Arethusa and more bites and sips from the East End “Food Seen”.
If you’ve ever needed an excuse to go to your favorite burger joint, read on. September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day and there’s only one way to celebrate: bite into a juicy burger (with fries, of course). Need suggestions?
Boom Burger in Westhampton (which is a sneakily great restaurant town) has a pretty eclectic burger menu. Exhibit A: The Green Hornet, a double burger with cream cheese, chorizo, jalapenos and a side of cheese/chorizo fries or waffle fries. Other meaty treats include the Harvest Burger with two cheddar burgers, bacon, a fried egg, apple slices, horseradish and a side of sweet potato fries and the kiss of death with two burgers with mozzarella cheese, garlic butter, red onion and tomato on a toasted garlic bun and side of garlic butter parmesan fries. Whichever one you order, you will be at Burger Heaven.
Spring Brewery recently launched a new batch of Arethusa. This IPA is brewed with wheat and oats and hopped with Simcoe, Citra and Motueka. At 7% alcohol by volume, the brew has an “edgy citrus” profile, brimming with bitter flavors and undertones. It’s wonderful and Charles Ly’s can art is also something to behold. Springs Brewery cans its beers just a few days before selling them to ensure they are as fresh as possible. No warming on the shelf here. You can also occasionally find craft beers at local restaurants such as TownLine BBQ and Rowdy Hall.
The rejigged Astro’s Pizza at Amagansett is entering its first eastern fall. Just a few steps from the chic and elegant Il Buco al Mare, Astro’s offers home-style Italian cuisine. Menu favorites include Sicilian sashimi, spaghetti with clams, vodka pizza, mushroom pizza, spicy honey pepperoni pizza, and eggplant parmigiana, which is for sharing. The cocktail menu is also excellent. You can’t go wrong with ranch water, watermelon sugar, or espresso martini with cinnamon cold brew.
You’ve probably heard of the late summer drought affecting the region. Suffolk County received six inches less rain this summer than a typical season, making it the fourth driest summer since local weather monitoring began in 1964. Locally grown produce, in the Crops as a whole have suffered, just as the fall harvest season is getting underway.
For example, the sweet corn was smaller than usual due to lack of water. Fruits like grapes (which feed vineyards like Palmer Vineyards) and recreational marijuana held up quite well in the inauspicious conditions. Indeed, dehydration accentuates the sugar level, the flavor, the acidity and the aroma of the grape. Wine lovers might be the biggest benefactor of the lack of rain.
Did you know?
The Hopped Acre farm in Amagansett grows 15 varieties of peppers, New York and Columbia waterfall hops, and Japanese indigo? If you like your hops with a little heat, look no further. In fact, two acres nestled north of Main Street, the idea for the Small Value Farm was to create products that complement the plethora of outstanding farms in the area, not to “compete for space”. We can’t get enough of their hot hops featured in Sandy Loam Pale Ale (produced by Springs Brewery), Fermented Green Sriracha Springs Fireplace Hot Sauce or Aji Peach Hot Springs Fireplace Hot Sauce.
Nowhere mixes dining and seafood like the western branch of The Lobster Roll aka LUNCH. Pop into a stand and sample favorites like the eponymous lobster roll made with homemade mayonnaise and crunchy celery in a split bun, shrimp cocktail, and local clams and oysters. The seafood nachos, popcorn shrimp, and Manhattan clam chowder are also excellent.
Alayah Hewie uses a hand-cranked pie and flipper machine to make Jamaican patties, which are sold under her Rena’s Dream Cakes Mark. It offers six flavors: coconut kale and sweet potato curry, chickpea and potato curry, chicken curry, spicy beef, mild beef and cheeseburger. The company name and inspiration for the patties comes from Hewie’s grandmother, who opened Jamaican Specialties on North Main Street in East Hampton in 2011. They are available at farmers markets in East Hampton, Springs and Riverhead, Schiavoni’s Market in Sag Harbor and Serene Green in Noyac.
Bites and bites
Trying to extend your summer? It’s always a party RUMBA in Hampton Bays. The restaurant offers island-inspired cuisine, a rum bar, and a laid-back vibe that will have you thinking you’ve landed in the Caribbean. Make sure to go before it gets too cold.
One of our favorite cocktails is the Bellini peach at The baker’s house 1650 in East Hampton! Sip while taking in the beautiful scenery or order the drink to go.
“After a good dinner, you can forgive anyone, even your own loved ones.” ~Oscar Wilde
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