Where To Eat In The North Fork
I've been spending more and more time out in the Northfork aka NoFo lately. Each time I go, you can expect me to report back. So, go, go explore NoFo and allow me to be your guide!
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Looking out of the back seat right window, I indulged my inner child self, sat back and listened to my father and stepmother drive me into the town of Greenport that "is such a great place to walk around and pop into cute shops". That's where I saw it, there it was, Aldo's Coffee. I didn't know it from a hole-in-the-wall, but with my out of control hungering for a cup, I knew that me and a cup of Aldo's would soon be well acquainted. We parked the car on the far side of town and before long, I rerouted my people towards the burlap bag clad little shop with the roasting section in the front. One sip into my iced coffee, I was "oohing" and "wowing"—now, this is a coffee shop worth traveling to! Ever since, I have been hankering for a reason, any reason to hop back in to a car and take the nearly hour long drive to relive that coffee moment. Go explore it for yourself and know that I'm so wishing I was hanging out with you there right now!
Blue Duck Bakery Cafe
"Obsessed", is a huge understatement. On every single trip to the North Fork, I need to stop at one of the many Blue Duck Bakery Cafe locations for one of their chocolate dipped almond horns and a cup of coffee. I cannot express how amazing they are. Let's just say with an incredible case of homemade pastries, this is the first one I've ever had and I honestly cannot get my mind around ordering anything else—me, a food writer! I should be able to report back to you and tell you about all of the amazing treats and breads at this bakery, but nope, this chocolate dipped almond horn and their is what I'm most versed on and is the reason that you must go!
As I've discovered, en route to different vineyards as driving up and down Sound Ave, there are a bleepin' ton of cute farm stands! As you will see some are definitely more thoughtfully composed than others. What you may not know is that some of them are known for different delicious eats. For instance, if you are looking for great fruit, Briermere Farms is the stand to pull over for. Their fruit is so good that other farm stands along the way buy it from them to sell it at their own stands. With so much delicious fruit, even after selling some of it, what is a farm stand to do? MAKE PIE! Oh man, my father's words ring in my ears every time I think of those pies "[insert one of his friend's name I can't for the life of me remember] drives up here Thanksgiving morning just to get this pie—that's over an hour, Shell, one way!".
Andrew's Family Farm
On the road, again? Make sure to stop and smell the—VEGGIES! Always harvesting the freshest of vegetables, bottling sweet homemade honey and farming their own eggs, it seems always with the biggest of smiles stretching across their faces, Andrew's Family Farm is a roadside stand to visit! Of the veggies that got bagged and carried off to the car, about half made it all of the way home—those heirloom cherry tomatoes never stood a chance! Seriously, I'm talking about eating vegetables the way I would typically mindlessly pop doughnut holes. You'll see!
If there are nicer people on this planet, I have yet to meet them. What was meant to be a quick drive by for a glass of wine quickly turned into an afternoon at the vineyard being guided around by owner Joe Macari. In meeting his wife Alexandra, one of his sons, who is planning on opening a pizza truck at the vineyard (so need to get back there for that!) and hearing all about their daughter who is training to become one of the handful of female sommelier in the world (in America alone, there are 124 sommeliers, 23 of them are women, so this is epic!) I immediately, like before even sipping their wines, knew that this vineyard was special. The warmth of their kindness and the passion for wines was palpable.
Don't worry, I certainly drank the cool-aid, ahem, wine. Glass after glass, after glass, after glass each one was better than the last—I think we had about six before following Joe on an amazing insider's tour of where the wines are barreled, the bubbles sit becoming bubbly, the new wine club cellar room with incredibly long custom designed wooden communal tables and the wine laboratory where their scientist was hard at work. It was after this tour that we stumbled out back to demolish cheese, crackers and jam before strolling our way through the perfectly manicured rows of grapevines (see a photo of me "modeling" in them, here).
When you go, I highly recommend getting a bottle of their “Horses” Sparkling Rose Cabernet Franc bottled in the Méthode Champenoise which is the processed used in Champagne, France where champagne is born. It's the first time I've seen a sparkling wine closed off with a beer cap—so cool! Oh, it's so good, honestly, I'd so order it by the case! So, go indulge. If all is going well on my end, I'll be seeing you there!
Sparkling Pointe Winery
After sharing photos of me eating and drinking my way through the North Fork on Instagram, I got a comment telling me about a vineyard that makes bubbly, bubbly and more bubbly all using the Méthode Champenoise. Naturally, I made my way there, on my follow up trip to the North Fork, and was very quickly obsessed! God, I love my insta family, thanks friends! The big thing here is their tasting menu. Trying out four different glasses while overlooking the vineyard, ugh, it's a wonderful moment! I highly recommend making the time to go here before your dinner plans. Add on some cheese and sausage and let that be your appetizer course. You're welcome, in advance!
Southold Fish Market
I've never really been a fan of the lobster salad styled lobster roll, until now! Because the menu hanging on the wall read THE BEST LOBSTER ROLL in all caps, I had to order it. Oh man, it's good! Pair it with an order of their Corn Fritters and life cannot be any better! The beauty of lunching at Southold Fish Market is that when you're all done stuffing your face with delicious prepared meals, you can grab the freshest of seafood to take along with you and cook for dinner. I did! Goodness, their mussels are insanely delicious! I took a heaping bag of them home with me and made the most delicious shellfish squid ink linguine dish with it (recipe coming soon).