The Fork and Anchor crispy chicken sandwich. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Earlier this week, I dropped by East Marion’s Fork and Anchor, which is hands down one of my favorite stops for grab-and-go sandwiches.
As usual, I opted for an email receipt. The proof of purchase was detailed: crispy chicken with Sriracha mayo on sourdough with lettuce, tomato and American cheese.
Our executive editor, Grant Parpan, who has been forwarded all my emails since before I embarked on 12 weeks of maternity leave in May (and who also happens to be my husband), received the receipt, too. His response consisted of just one word:
Since we launched northforker more than three years ago, we’ve been occasionally writing about the lunches we eat. In the past year and a half alone, we’ve written about more than 30 menu items we’ve sampled. (more…)
But luckily the weekdays are still relatively calm on the North Fork, and Goodfood — one of my go-to spots for a midday meal — was still pleasantly calm and free of city dwellers when I stopped in earlier this week.
The market and specialty food store, which opened last June, makes it into my lunch rotation about once a week for two reasons. First, it is located near northforker’s Mattituck office. But second, and more importantly, outside of a traditional deli, it’s one of the few places you can still get a really delicious lunch for under $10.
Goodfood also serves North Fork Roasting Co. coffee, which has proven indispensable in making it through a North Fork work week since it debuted in February 2015.
I’m a creature of habit, so I usually order the Gula Gula empanada meal, which includes two empanadas of your choosing and a side ($8.95). I almost always go for a ham and cheese empanada, a pulled pork empanada and the yummy couscous salad with olives, diced cucumber and feta cheese.
Make sure you don’t leave without a side of chimichurri sauce.
I’ve been a big fan of co-owner Luchi Masliah’s empanadas, stuffed with all sorts of tasty treats like chicken, vegetables and even bison, since first sampling them at the Riverhead Indoor Farmer’s Market in winter 2015. We’re thankful to now have them available every day in Mattituck (you can also purchase them frozen).
Cap it off with a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie made by Masliah’s business partner, Allison Katz ($1.35.)
Goodfood is located at 535A Pike Street in Mattituck, (631) 298-7599.
A pulled lamb pita from The North Fork Shack, enjoyed in the northforker conference room. (Credit: Grant Parpan)
Southold has seriously stepped up its lunch game in the past few years.
With the opening of North Fork Roasting Co. (now serving lunch) last year, the North Fork Food Truck becoming a fixture at North Fork Table & Inn and the overhaul of Southold Fish Market (to name a few tasty eateries), Southold just might have the best lunch options on the North Fork.
So The North Fork Shack, which is located on Route 48 and opened late last month, is in good company for those looking for a quick mid-day meal to go. That it has already drawn us in twice despite being open for little more than a week is a vote of confidence for its fresh local offerings. (more…)