By The Foodies
The Foodies at Long Islander News aren’t necessarily the biggest breakfast connoisseurs. Our palettes, and our waking hours, typically veer us toward meals no earlier than lunch.
But our tastes aren’t exactly the universal standard. So, we got ourselves up and out to take on some of the town’s more popular breakfast spots.
For starters, in Huntington village there’s Toast and Munday’s, while Northport has Sweet Mama and newcomer, Cause Café.
Each puts its own spin on the first meal of the day.
Once a new kid on the block, Huntington’s Toast & Co. has transitioned into a seasoned breakfast veteran. Opening its doors at 62. Stewart Ave. back in 2007, Toast is the creation of the team at Reststar, the restaurant group founded by Fabio Machado, whose venues include Bistro Cassis, Café Buenos Aires and Bin 56, which is right next door.
A chic space in earthy browns, orange and green, Toast has a retro diner feel. The menu, which sports plenty of comfort food, goes far beyond the blue plate specials of the classic American diner.
Take the green eggs and ham ($10.95), for example. Two eggs, any style, are prepared alongside Canadian bacon, avocado mousse and chive oil. Then there are the ricotta lemon pancakes ($10.95), which are drizzled with warm chocolate ganache and hazelnuts.
Toast also puts its own touch on its pancakes and waffles toast offerings. Try the bananas foster pancakes ($10.95) with a drizzle of banana walnut syrup, or the chocolate stuffed cannoli cream waffle ($10.95) with fresh strawberries and topped with whipped cream.
Moving over to Munday’s (259 Main St.), find a distinct ’60s diner-feel with plenty of tables, booths and seats at the counter, not to mention friendly faces. The Huntington institution has become a traditional stop for many village patrons with its range of morning wake-up calls, from the traditional eggs, toast and bacon, omelets, pancakes and French toast, to more adventurous takes on those traditions, like fruit pancakes.
Heading out to Northport, pancakes, milkshakes and a sort old-fashioned, soothing, family-friendly vibe are the order of the day at Sweet Mama’s Good Kitchen (9 Alsace Place). Opened in 2005, Sweet Mama’s is known for great prices on breakfast staples like French toast, waffles, pancakes, eggs and more.
If you’re not sure what to get, platters like the Big Daddy let Foodies try it all. Two eggs, two pancakes, two slices of thin French toast, bacon, sausage and home fries are all included for $15.49. And don’t forget the magical bottomless coffee pot ($2.99), either.
Cause Café (1014 Fort Salonga Road) is fresh on the breakfast scene.
Opening in May, Cause Café provides job opportunities and training for young adults with autism and other cognitive or developmental disabilities.
The café also has a full breakfast menu, including staples like the short stack of pancakes ($7.99) or pain perdu thick cut French toast ($9.99), along with a bakery sporting croissants, cookies, muffins, cupcakes and more.
And, of course, there’s plenty of coffee, espresso, latte, tea, mocha, macchiato, hot chocolate and juices to wet the whistle.