02/03/17 6:02am
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A black bean burger at Love Lane Kitchen. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s February on the North Fork. At times it can feel like the whole East End is riding out the winter on the warm shores of Waikiki, but there are many business owners who stay behind to feed the hungry masses.

Here are a handful of eateries serving lunch to locals and midweek visitors all winter long.
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09/08/16 6:04am
A pint of Twin Fork Beer's "Chromatic Ale" at CJ's American Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A pint of Twin Fork Beer’s “Chromatic Ale.” (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Riverhead could soon be home to yet another beer brewer and tasting room, as Twin Fork Beer Co. has submitted a preliminary site plan application to build a microbrewery in town.

The proposed location is on the west side of Raynor Avenue, south of the Collision Centers of Riverhead. Located in an industrially zoned area, the plan calls for a one-story brewery with nearly 12,000 square feet of space. (more…)

03/17/16 10:06am
Chicken pot pie served with a side of Irish soda bread at Digger's Ales and Eats. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Chicken pot pie served with a side of Irish soda bread at Digger’s Ales and Eats. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The thing that always surprises me when having at meal at Digger’s Ales and Eats on Riverhead’s West Main Street is just how good the food is — especially given the fact that it doesn’t really need to be.

Digger’s is a neighborhood Irish pub and could probably get away with serving mediocre burgers, run-of-the-mill French onion soup and dried out potato skins and still draw a hefty crowd on Friday nights. But on my visits over the years — and there’s been many — I’ve had flavorful pasta dishes, addictive happy hour wings and one of my favorites, the marinated filet tidbits. (more…)

02/05/16 3:05pm
The 24-foot video wall at Smitty's All-American Grill in Riverhead during the World Cup final this summer. The bar is one of many on the North Fork with great Super Bowl specials this week. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The 24-foot video wall at Smitty’s All-American Grill in Riverhead during the 2014 World Cup. The bar is one of many on the North Fork with great Super Bowl specials this weekend. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

Root for the Denver Broncos or Carolina Panthers right here on the North Fork with other football fans this Sunday.

Here’s a rundown of some of the best places to watch the Super Bowl, along with the number of TVs at each location and some of their specials. Kick-off is 6:30 p.m. 

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11/17/15 6:10am

Revelers dressed as Santa filled downtown Riverhead Saturday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry, you’d better not pout, I’m telling you why, SantaCon is coming to town  — again.

That’s right: Mark your calendars because Riverhead’s second annual SantaCon Pub Crawl is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5.

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10/19/15 11:20am

VERA CHINESE PHOTO Matt Heege and Ashley White of Rocky Point at the inaugural downtown Riverhead Oktoberfest pub crawl.

The bars of Riverhead drew people from the East End and beyond for the inaugural Oktoberfest pub crawl on Sunday.

The event wasn’t as well attended as the recent Santacon pub crawl or the St. Patrick’s Day-themed March of the Leprechauns (exact attendance numbers for Oktoberfest were not immediately available). And there were also far fewer people donning lederhosen on Sunday then there were wearing red suits or green T-shirts for the previous events. Still, it was a way to liven up downtown on what would likely be an otherwise sleepy Sunday. (more…)

04/29/15 12:24pm
Long Ireland Celtic Ale tap

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Winos sipped Long Island reds and whites during Winterfest. Foodies are filling their bellies during Long Island Restaurant Week.

Now it’s time for craft beer lovers to indulge in an event all their own. (more…)