How The Hamptons Feeds Its Birds

by Adam Bertrand · May 20, 2008

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When I waitressed last summer at my local country club, I could usually predict orders before they emerged from golf-weary diners. He'll have the T-bone and she'll take the Carriage Salad, non-fat dressing on the side, without the bacon. While I understand the lady's concerns (that new Lilly Pulitzer tennis dress mustn't go to waste!), rabbit food is not, cannot be the only option. And in the Hamptons, anyway, it isn't. We parsed a few south fork favorites so that you can have your Zimmerman bikini and wear it too. Additions are welcome!

1770 house- Salmon tartare with radish sprouts and ginger dressing, Chilled carrot soup with jumbo lump crab, Roasted halibut with parsley root puree, fava beans, ramps, and honshimeji mushrooms

Coco Restaurant at Maidstone Arms Inn- Shrimp and scallop ceviche, Seared tuna with vegetable stir fry, Seared filet mignon with grilled vegetables, Cajun grilled salmon with corn and sweet potato relish, Bouillabaisse

Dave's Grill- Chilled crab cocktail, Cioppino, Fish stew with sweet peas and orzo

Della Femina -Oysters on the half shell, Seared salmon with shitake, soybean, and leek ragu

Estia's Little Kitchen- crab and sweet corn salad, braised lamb shank with butternut squash and garden greens

Golden Pear- The Water Mill or Stony Brook sandwiches, Baked herb crusted cod filet

Il Capuccino -Steamed little necks, Steamed mussels, Grilled portobello and asparagus, Penne with broccoli di rabe, Grilled salmon

Jamesport Country Kitchen- stir-fryed vegetables over wild rice with chicken or shrimp, long island duckling, fried brie (gotcha!)

New Moon Cafe -Broiled flounder, Grilled catfish sandwich, Shrimp fajitas

Nick and Toni's- Roasted sardines with peppers and fennel, Grilled lamb with farro sformato and asparagus

The Palm -Broiled crab cakes, Lobster, 12oz. NY strip

Starr Boggs -Grilled calamari, Baked swordfish

Stone Creek Inn -Chilean sea bass with asparagus and exotic mushrooms, Rabbit fricassee with farro, porcini, and baby artichockes

Turtle Crossing -Goat cheese and portobello quesodillas, Char-grilled corn on the cobb with cotija cheese and chili powder, Smoked pulled-pork sandwich, Shrimp tacos