I was afraid Goodfood would be jam-packed this week after The New York Times wrote about the empanada and baked goods eatery on Mattituck’s Pike Street in a recent story on North Fork-loving Brooklynites.
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.
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