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Farm Country Kitchen’s fire pits provide so much warmth. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

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Farm Country Kitchen in Riverhead has a reputation for great food and breathtaking views of the Peconic River. The lawn is packed with hungry diners come summer, but in the winter the restaurant offers another unique way for patrons to enjoy the outdoors. When the nights get longer and the temperatures colder, Farm Country Kitchen lights the fire pits on its outdoor patio.

Owner Tom Carson installed the propane fueled fire pits about two years ago to accommodate guests waiting for an inside table. The cozy patio area is a favorite among customers who consider it more than a brief stop on a way to the main course.

“It gets busy in the winter and we can’t use the lawn or picnic tables in the back so created a sitting area with the fire pits and people like to mingle around them,” said owner Tom Carson. “Even once they finish their meals, people will come outside with a glass of wine and just hang out.”

The three fire pits and heat lamp provide the perfect amount of warmth even on the coldest of days. Guests are invited to stand around the fire pits or kick back in the neighboring seating area.

Carson said red wine is a top sipping choice for those taking advantage of the outdoor fireplaces. After indulging in the restaurant’s truffle ravioli with leek cream or the filet mignon, satisfied guests head outside to enjoy vino and conversation.

Dinner is served seven nights a week at Farm Country Kitchen no matter the weather.

“Even when it snows we will light these fire pits up so people have a place to enjoy,” Carson said. “People like the outdoors.”

Farm Country Kitchen is located at 513 W Main Street in Riverhead. Visit them at