By Connor Beach
It’s hard to stand out as a restaurant in Huntington, which is known for its diverse selection of eateries.
With that mind, newly-opened The Shed, separates itself from the pack with a menu that stands out through its ability to satisfy nearly all craving.
The Shed, found on the corner of New and West Carver streets, where True North used to be, opened just over two months ago, said General Manager Samantha Guariglia.
With a menu offering all-day breakfast and weekend brunch, along with lunch and dinner options, The Shed has filled a much-needed void in the Huntington restaurant market, chef Roberto Baez said.
“We felt it was something that Huntington needed; a place where people can get whatever they want all day long,” Baez, a South Huntington resident, said. “The idea behind the menu evolved organically, and people seem to love the idea.”
Guariglia, of Northport, attributed the restaurant’s early success to its staff and atmosphere.
“You can defiantly tell that the people who work here are excited about what we’re doing, and that is reflected in the vibe overall,” Guariglia said.
Friendly service and rustic décor mix with a full-service bar and outdoor seating in the warmer months to create an atmosphere that’s vibrant and inviting.
That homey feeling is matched by comforting fare.
Some of the many breakfast options on the menu include Avocado Toast and Sunny Eggs ($13). This visually stunning dish pairs avocado, watermelon radish and tomato spread on toast with two sunny side up eggs. The crunchy toast and refreshing avocado work well with the runny yoke to create a bright bite of flavor.
The Buttermilk Pancakes ($11) are served with butter, maple syrup and fresh berries. The pancakes are a perfect fluffy, golden brown texture that taste delicious with or without a hearty drizzle of sweet maple syrup. In addition to the fruit, toppings include chocolate, banana and nuts.
Just the smell of the Shed’s Chicken and Waffles ($15) makes the mouth water, but the dish that’s served with a side of habanero honey doesn’t disappoint. The classic combination of savory chicken and sweet, fluffy waffle is kicked up a notch by the habanero honey, which brings out the seasoning in the crispy chicken batter.
For those customers looking for a more traditional lunch or dinner option, the Shed Bowl ($14) salad combines flavors and textures of roasted chicken, wild rice, arugula, radish, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, mushrooms and goat cheese, and they’re all tied together by a honey vinaigrette. The wild rice complements the arugula to form a unique base that takes the salad to a new level.
Then there’s the Shed Burger ($13), which is topped with American, Swiss, lettuce, tomato, onion jam and shed sauce and served with a side of coleslaw. The burger is cooked to perfection with a double helping of melted cheese. The soft bun and shed sauce deliver a little bit of sweetness to the juicy burger meat.
Baez added that at The Shed, he’s working to provide an approachable menu and a neighborhood restaurant for both locals and visitors.
“It’s comfortable and casual; whoever you are you can come here and feel welcomed,” Baez said. “It’s straightforward food done right.”