Coolest northforker stories of 2016: Foodie openings in Jamesport and Aquebogue

A small cup at Hampton Coffee Co. in Aquebogue. The Main Road café opened in January. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A small cup at Hampton Coffee Co. in Aquebogue. The Main Road café opened in January. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Jamesport and Aquebogue food-lovers got some good news this year.

The number of quality eating and drinking options in these otherwise sleepy hamlets went way up in 2016.

The beginning of the year saw the opening of Hampton Coffee Company, bringing small-batch, hand-roasted coffee to Aquebogue. The café, located in an a converted 1940s-era garage, also sells pastries, sandwiches, soups and juices.

A few months later, the highly anticipated Phil’s Waterfront Bar and Grille opened on Meeting House Creek at the site of the former Meeting House Creek Inn. The waterfront eatery, which offers a menu similar to that of its sister location in Wading River, is frequently packed, even during the week.

Jamesport Country Kitchen, one of the North Fork’s first  farm-to-table restaurants when it launched in 1989, was reborn as Main Road Biscuit Co. in October. MRBC, where the eggs come from nearby Goodale Farms and the coffee from Southold’s North Fork Roasting Co., has quickly become a local breakfast and lunch standout. And judging from the long lines outside Love Lane Kitchen on weekends, the area was in need of another option.

There’s more to come.

Expect everyone’s favorite NoFo taco shop, Lucharitos, to open a second location on Main Road in time for Cinco de Mayo.