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Joe’s Garage and Grill in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe and Joe’s Garage and Grill, both in Riverhead, made the cut of Newsday’s Best of Long Island Dishes and Eats of 2014.

“There are dishes that make you close your eyes with satisfaction. Or open them in amazement. And a few that do both,” Newsday’s food writers state in the introduction to the list.

Though we at northforker always welcome it whenever the Riverhead dining scene is praised, we were a little surprised not to see one plate served east of County Road 105 on the list of 19 dishes (we guess that Newsday’s food writers couldn’t decide on one more offering to make it an even 20.)

Snowflake, always a crowd-pleaser, was singled out for its old-fashioned strawberry sundae made with French vanilla ice cream and whole strawberries.

“It’s the reason strawberries exist,” Newsday food critic Peter M. Gianotti wrote.

Joe’s Tokyo Drift sliders, which even New York Times food critic Joanne Starkey said she liked in her tepid review of the restaurant, also earned a spot on the unranked list. The sliders, served on steamed Asian buns with pork belly, kimchee and cucumber salsa, certainly look appetizing in the accompanying photo, shot by Southold photographer Randee Daddona.

Newsday has been more effusive in its praise of the Peconic Avenue eatery than the Times, giving it a spot on its 100 best restaurants list in 2014 and best gastropub list. Newsday food critic Joan Reminick called it “serious ‘cue” and gave it three stars in a May review.

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