In case you missed it, a few weeks ago the Wall Street Journal announced that the Hamptons have gone healthy. The opening of the new Juice Lane in Wainscott, Soul Cycle and Tracy Anderson apparently have constituted a trend and now we’re all supposed to look like Brangelina. Well, not so fast WSJ! While, I’m not saying they’re going to start serving fried Coca Cola at Nick and Toni’s (look it up, it’s a real thing) there are quite a few pot holes and road blocks on the road to wellness here in the Hamptons. So, here are my favorites and I hope you find as tempting as I do…
1) Sam’s- East Hampton – It’s the pizza and chicken Parmesan that get me every time. The cheese is thick on both and the sauce is thick and tasty, just like my mama never made (she was Lithuanian and Irish neither which are known for good cuisine).
2) Round Swamp Farm- East Hampton – What’s not to like?! The cinnamon buns, the coffee cake, the guacamole, the chicken salad, the chocolate chip cookies…. oh, the list goes on and on your gut! This place is not where you want to go while dieting. I dare you to go into there and leave with just one thing! It’s not going to happen!
3) Dreesen’s Donuts at Scoop Du Jour – East Hampton – The donuts are freshly made and need I say more!? It’s deep fried dough with sugar! You could serve me deep fried wood with sugar and I bet I’d eat it but the dough is a little easier to chew…. fluffier too!
4) Bobby Van’s – Bridgehampton – If you’re allergic to shellfish you may want to avoid the shrimp nachos at Bobby Van’s. But if you’re not, get ready for a spicy blob of shrimp, chips, jalapenos, guacamole and enough cheese to keep Lipitor profitable for the next century. Yeah, the Chinese Chicken Salad is good too but for some reason it doesn’t seem as decadent.
|Yeah, they look sweet and innocent at Mary’s.|
5) Mary’s Marvelous – Amagansett – When Ina Garten shuttered the Barefoot Contessa years ago, I went into a deep depression. WHERE WILL I BUY MY COCONUT CUPCAKES?! Yes, I could go buy Ina’s cake mix but that would leave evidence around the house. Luckily Mary’s is there to fill the void! Her sandwiches and muffins are great too but it’s the coconut cupcake that is the standout! If you don’t know my cousins Eileen and GiGi or Ina for some CC’s of lovin’ (as I call them) make sure you go to Mary’s and eat them there. Coconut shreds are often a dead give away.
6) Fresno – East Hampton – Tons of good stuff on the menu and a bar/restaurant scene that’s fun and unpretentious is what keeps me going back to this East End staple. From some of the same people that bring you Red Bar and Beacon this is the closest to my house so I’m a little biased. I’m also terminally in love with the Sticky Toffee cake desert. I also drool over their …staff… I mean burgers and fries. Gosh, I only hope I look attractive in my Sans-a-belt pants with Spanx
when I got there next time!!!?
|Fat Free Biscuits at Grill…NOT!|
7) The East Hampton Grill – Yeah, I know I write a lot about this place. I’m the mayor on foursquare.com and yes they know my name ( no, smarty pants I tip well so that’s not the reason!). The buttermilk biscuits, the ribs and the home made hot fudge (that I think comes with Ice Cream) are all impossible to avoid. Although I don’t eat them all together at the same time…. hey wait… hot fudge on ribs and buttermilk biscuits on the side… no stop it… wait…
On an entirely different note, they’re having a Soap Box Derby this weekend in Sag Harbor. The big event will take place this Sunday afternoon on High Street. The festivities will begin with a parade down Main Street at 1pm (they have a parade for everything in Sag Harbor) followed by the big race on High Street. While my 25 year old nephew had no clue what a soap box derby was, I proudly told him to keep an eye out for the kids named Spanky McFarland and Alfalfa Switzer. They’re both heavily favored to win! There’s still no word if Darla and Petey will be there.