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Dining Review: The Pantry

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By Shoshanna McCollum 1 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, NY 631-583-SHOP (7467) For visitor and resident alike, Fire Island’s local deli markets have long served as the unofficial welcoming ambassadors. They are there to offer refreshment for day-trippers, as well as essentials needed in a pinch by renters and homeowners. The Pantry on the west side of Ocean Beach stands out … Full Story

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Dining Review: Pines Pizza

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By Shoshanna McCollum 36 Fire Island Blvd. 631-440-0073 Pines Pizza is open early April through mid-September. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Catering services are available for all occasions, simple to elegant. Visit PinesFI.com/PinesPizza to learn more. News reporters are people on the go, and we eat a lot of pizza. On Long Island … Full Story

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Dining Review: Frank and Maria’s Italian Pork Store

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By Lorna Luniewski 10 West Main Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 631-665-0047 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. On a recent beautiful Wednesday, I hopped on my bike and headed to Main Street in Bay Shore for lunch at Frank and Maria’s Italian Pork Store. The mission was twofold: a review for the paper and a chance … Full Story

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CJ’s – Not Just Rocket Fuels

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By Kirsten Corssen Summer crowds on Fire Island come and go, shops and restaurants close their doors come fall, but CJ’s Restaurant and Bar has endured. Except for maybe Christmas and Thanksgiving, CJ’s means there is always a place on Fire Island to have a cheeseburger, and yes this is the home of the rocket fuel. Beyond this however, a … Full Story

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Dining Review: Maxwell’s

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By Timothy Bolger 501 Main Street, Downtown Islip | 631-210-0011 | Noon to 2 a.m. Daily Upon passing through the wooden entrance of Maxwell’s in Islip, patrons are greeted with a mouthwatering aroma wafting from the kitchen behind the U-shaped bar that links seating areas on either side. The casual bar and grill with a rear patio for al fresco dining offers an … Full Story

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Dining Review: Rachel’s Restaurant

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By Anika Lanser 324 Baywalk, Ocean Beach 631-583-9552/5923 Restaurant: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Bakery: 8 a.m.-4 a.m. Most of us know Rachel’s as an incredible bakery or as the best breakfast place in town. But I am here to tell you that you should start and end your day at Rachel’s. This season, Rachel’s Restaurant has incredible Happy Hour specials from … Full Story

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Dining Review: Southside

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By Jaime Franchi 5 Third Avenue, Bay Shore, NY | 631-665-9596 Southside Restaurant is a Bay Shore staple – and has been since the Prohibition era. This off the beaten path eatery can be found on Third Avenue, just off Main Street. At the bar you’ll find Jacinta, the “fabric” not only of Southside, but of the community, according to … Full Story

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Dining Review: Salt & Barrel

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By Lorna Luniewski 61 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706 631-647-8818 saltandbarrel.com March 2016 marked the opening of Salt & Barrel Oyster and Craft Cocktail Bar in Bay Shore but the tradition of serving good food dates to 1937, and the Flynn family roots on Fire Island. Morgan Flynn greeted us at the door on a recent Thursday night and … Full Story

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Dining Review: Pines Bistro and Martini Bar

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By Shoshanna McCollum 36 Fire Island Blvd. Fire Island Pines, NY 631-597-6862 Reservations can also be made online at https://pinesfi.com The textbook definition of bistro is “a small restaurant serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting.” While this may sound incongruous for the Pines, or anywhere on Fire Island, our experience at this much-fabled location largely holds true. … Full Story

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DINING REVIEW: Kismet Inn

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By Kirsten Corssen THE WESTERNMOST FIRE Island community of Kismet was founded in 1925. The Kismet Inn followed, along with building the marina and first walkways. Time and history resonates from the wainscot walls. It’s still standing after harsh winters and summer storms. A huge part of this legacy is to the credit of Larry Cole and his family. The Kismet … Full Story