Setting Sail For
The Gourmet Whaler
By The Foodies./ firstname.lastname@example.org
For Danyell Miller, it was love
at first sight.
Cold Spring Harbors Gourmet Whaler, located at 111 Main
St., is a friendly neighborhood luncheonette-style eatery
that is steeped in history.
Owners Shawn Leonard and his fiancée Connie Olson have
had the place for about three years now. Leonard has lived
in Cold Spring Harbor for 52 years, and said he remembered
the shop from his days riding his bicycle through town and
visiting the shops. Then, it was the Gourmet Goddess; when
he bought it, it was called Gourmet Delights.
It was always a gourmet food store with different kitchen
gadgets and things like that, he said, saying it was
somewhat like a Williams-Sonoma store.
His parents used to own the Whalers Inn in a building
up the road that currently holds Harbor Mist. In recent years,
Leonard decided he wanted to enter the restaurant business
and made an offer on 105 Harbor Road. When that didnt
pan out, he discovered the Gourmet Goddess was on the market,
and Leonard snapped it up, keeping half of the store a shop,
per tradition, and the other half the café. The name
Gourmet Whaler marries the locations tradition
as a gourmet shop and his parents roots as restaurant
owners, he explained.
Since opening the restaurant portion of the business three
years ago, the Gourmet Whaler has specialized in breakfast
and lunchtime items, many of which are great for grabbing
and going. BLT ($8.95), quiche ($8.95), cold sandwiches ($8.95),
and Caesar salads ($8.95) are all on the menu, as are burgers
($9.95 for 7 oz.; $12.95 for the 12 oz. Killer Whale)
and vegetarian choices like veggie burgers and chili.
One thing you might want to sit down and savor is the Fish
Tacos ($11.95), something Leonard discovered during a trip
to the Florida Keys. After some experimentation, he came up
with his winning concoction fresh, local Flounder in
super-crispy panko breadcrumbs, drizzled with chipotle mayonnaise
and topped with fresh-to-order green and red cabbage coleslaw.
Served with peach-mango-pear salsa and lime wedges, its
a perfect marriage of sweet and spicy flavors, diverse textures
and unbeatable freshness that jumps off the plate. Its
their signature dish, and rightfully so.
Come back in the wintertime for chicken potpie, a seasonal
favorite that Leonard says he cant make fast enough.
The Bird-In-Hand Chicken Salad ($8.95) is another favorite,
with fresh apples, raisins, walnuts and dried cranberries.
A seasonal must-have is their lobster roll ($19.95). Prepared
simply, with just a touch of mayo to hold it together; red
onion, celery, whole seed Dijon mustard and fresh lime juice,
the item returned to the menu just this Saturday. Shawn and
Connie said they sold out in an hour.
Be sure to save room for confectionary goodies they
have an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, a mini coffee shop
and milkshakes; homemade cakes, cookies and lots more
all made from scratch, Connie and Shawn said, and its
a perfect way to close out a meal as you make a day of it
in downtown Cold Spring Harbor.