Breakfast With The Foodies
By Pete, Luann and Danny /
The Long Islander Foodies
are not breakfast people. Our palates and our waking hours
steer us toward eating experiences that begin no earlier than
lunch. Recognizing that ours is not a universal preference,
we got ourselves up and out to take in some of the towns
more popular breakfast spots.
A handful of eateries rule the breakfast hour. In Huntington
village, theres Toast and Mundays; in Northport,
Sweet Mamas rules. Each puts its own spin on the first
meal of the day.
Huntingtons Toast & Co. is by most standards still
a newcomer to the breakfast scene. Opened in 2007 at the former
Pomodoro on Stewart Ave., Toast is the creation of the team
at Reststar, the restaurant group founded by Fabio Machado
whose venues include, among others, Bistro Cassis, Osteria
Toscana, Café Buenos Aires and Bin 56 right next door.
A chic space in earthy browns, orange and green, Toast has
a retro diner feel. Its menu, though abounding with comfort
food, moves far beyond the blue plate specials of the classic
American diner. Sure theres eggs, but this is the only
place around with Green Eggs and Ham, a plate of eggs, avocado
mousse and chive oil. Eggs Benedict is a classic; and the
omelette menu lets you create your own favorite. For the cholesterol-tolerant,
the Ham n Cheese Skillet layers eggs and cheese over
a slab of ham and the restaurants home fried potatoes.
Pancakes and French toast also get the Toast touch. Buttermilk
pancakes are served with real maple syrup; or try Bananas
Foster or Ricotta Lemon pancakes. Variations on the classic
French toast include stuffed, with blueberry cream cheese,
and, if you like things sweet, then the Crunchy French Toast
is for you. Thick slices of bread are dipped in batter and
covered with crushed, sweetened corn flakes, giving the breakfast
staple a little something extra. Add the maple syrup and youre
good to go for a sugar high that will start your morning with
Mundays has that distinct 60s diner-feel to it
as well, with plenty of tables, booths and seats at the counter,
not to mention friendly faces. Probably one of the fastest
breakfast counters in town, this Huntington institution has
become a traditional stop for many with its range of morning
wake-up calls, from the traditional eggs, toast and bacon,
omelettes, pancakes and French toast to more adventurous takes
on those traditions, like frittatas and fruit pancakes.
The offerings change often, but if you stop by on a day where
stuffed French toast is a special, call it your lucky day.
If its the one with nutella, banana and hints of vanilla,
you may as well have hit the foodie lottery.
Pancakes, milkshakes and an old-fashioned, soothing, family-friendly
vibe are the order of the day at Sweet Mamas Good Kitchen.
Opened in 2005, Sweet Mamas is known for great prices
on breakfast staples like French toast, waffles, pancakes,
eggs and more.
If youre not sure what to get, platters like the Big
Daddy let you have it all two eggs, two pancakes, two
French toast slices, home fries, bacon and sausage
at a bargain price. Dont forget the magical bottomless
coffee pot, either.
The atmosphere is bustling, service is quick and friendly
and the portions are generous. The menu opens up as the day
goes on, but if you want waffles for dinner, no sweat
the breakfast menu is up for grabs all day.
62 Stewart Ave., Huntington
9 Alsace Place, Northport
259 Main St., Huntington