Shacked Up For
By Sarah & Christine /
Its summer, and
instead of BBQ-ing in the backyard you want to go out to dinner,
but still be able to enjoy the warm weather. The kids are
craving hot dogs and hamburgers, but your taste buds are yearning
for grilled chicken or shrimp over a bed of lettuce. Think
theres no place in town to satisfy everyones hunger?
Think again- The Shack on Route 25A in Centerport
caters to all ages and diets while providing an open-air atmosphere
with exceptionally friendly service.
Were here for you! exclaimed co-owner Mace
upon our arrival to the eccentrically decorated shack. The
building has been in existence since 1926, but owners, and
siblings, Mace and Kathleen Colodny have been running the
business since 1980. A mere passerby might take this family
owned and run eatery for a simple hot dog stand, but a quick
glance at the extensive menu of starters, salads, and entrees
laid out on a vibrantly colored page prove otherwise. If the
choices listed dont cause your mouth to water, be careful
not to overlook the board of specials.
The Shack is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
as soon as the weather is on the warm side- about the start
of baseball season, but these hours are by no means set in
stone. We dont do things like the average restaurant,
said a grinning Mace; his witty humor alone is enough to bring
Sipping on a lemonade-iced tea, delicious and refreshing,
we contemplated the starters; luckily enough, we had the opportunity
to sample a little of everything. To start, Mace brought us
a bowl of fried calamari with homemade marinara ($7.25) that
looked every bit as appetizing as it smelled. In all honesty
we dont normally like seafood, however, we would revisit The
Shack just to enjoy this appetizer again. The marinara
sauce served as the ideal compliment to this savory snack.
The second starter of steamed little neck clams with drawn
butter and broth was just as tasty, even for a non-seafood
Next to bat was lobster salad over mixed greens ($13.95).
This dish is perfect for those looking to eat something light,
yet flavorful. Though we were growing fuller by the bite,
we couldnt resist the grilled cajun chicken atop caesar
salad ($10.95) sitting in front of us. Anything but bland,
yet not too spicy, the grilled-to-perfection chicken exploded
with flavor alongside the crisp salad. We couldnt help
but dip the chicken into the creamy extra caesar dressing
served on the side. In addition to the chicken, we were able
to sample grilled louie shrimp, traditionally served solo
over caesar salad with olives and tomatoes ($12.95). The shrimp
was cooked to perfection- neither chewy nor too soft; each
bite left us wanting more.
Even though our stomachs satisfaction was absolute after
this home-run of a meal, we felt we owed it to the kids, and
maybe ourselves, to try a good old-fashion all-beef frankfurter
($2.25 with kraut or onion sauce). If youre feeling
adventurous like we were, order chili and grilled onions for
an extra burst of flavor.
For a grand-slam finale, ask about the selection of desserts.
Although not listed on the menu, The Shack does
carry carrot cake, fruit cobbler, brownies, chocolate cake,
and pineapple upside-down cake- to name a few. All are homemade.
Call just to make sure these treats are available; the kitchen
manager whips them up only if rain is not expected so they
are fresh daily.
We have something for everybody, said Kathleen,
from a kids menu to carb-free, atkins, or southbeach,
we always want the customer to be happy. If theres a
problem, bring it back. The owners are as committed
as they appear- at least one of them is always there to ensure
efficient service and a fun, family-oriented atmosphere. A
hit out of the ballpark, an experience at The Shack will ensure
that a good time is had while satisfying everyones hunger.
1 Stony Hollow Road (Route 25A)
Centerport, NY 11721
Roadside eats, surf and turf
Atmosphere: Casual, Open Air
Hours: Sunday - Monday
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.