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Patchogue Village has gone from up-and-coming foodie haven to the county’s top dining destination over the past decade with reservations a must on a weekend and places still packed well into the night.
The culinary scene is diverse too, featuring various ethnic cuisines and both casual and fine dining options.
What’s perhaps most impressive about Patchogue is that it keeps on growing from Main Street and beyond, always giving diners a taste of something new each time they return.
Here are five new places to try — from a sit-down meal to a grab-and-go bite — in the popular South Shore village.
Blue Point Brewpub
A pioneer of the craft beer scene, Blue Point Brewery chose to stay local when it moved from its humble digs on River Ave. to a 54,000-square-foot space on West Main St. — the former site of Briarcliffe College. And the move brought the addition of not only space but a food menu, which includes fish & chips, burgers and a wild shrimp salad fit for the healthier types. Guests can order at a window or take a seat at a table as they raise a glass to a local establishment that decided there’s no place like home.
Blue Boint Brew Pub is located at 225 West Main St.
Sneaky Pete’s Bar & Patio
This casual watering hole next to Stereo Garden Music Hall has hit all the right notes since its October debut. The approachable fare — think fish & chips, nachos and seven burger choices — blends perfectly with the spot’s unfussy industrial interior. There are also 20 TVs on the walls and even more beer choices, including brews from local favorites Montauk Brewing Co. and Patchogue Beer Project. When the weather warms again, there’s a pet-friendly patio with picnic tables and lawn games like corn hole and Jenga.
Sneaky Pete’s Bar & Patio is located at 11 Railroad Ave.
Already a favorite in Centerport for its flaky pies and perfectly Instagrammable pastries, Hometown Bakeshop spread to Patchogue this summer. Everything inside is made from scratch, including the apple cinnamon scones and apple cider jelly muffins that make fall even sweeter. The menu invites people to grab-and-go or stop and stay awhile. Egg bombs, like the Benedictdonut (a donut filled with hollandaise sauce, ham and a poached egg) and fried chicken (fried chicken, bacon, mozzarella and jalapeños are involved), are best enjoyed at a table.
Hometown Bakeshop is located at 16 Havens Ave.
New Orleans has come to Ocean Ave. Cajun Claws opened in the Shoppes at New Village Aug. 31, bringing southern comfort food to the South Shore. The Cajun boil is the menu’s star. Diners get a choice of seafood like shrimp or lobster, which is boiled, seasoned and served with bold sauces that make the meal as flavorful as it is fresh. There’s some local flare on the menu too — Blue Point oysters are available at the raw bar.
Cajun Claws is located at 6 N. Ocean Ave.
This unpretentious joint appropriately opened in July, the height of barbecue season. But even as the air chills, you might want to head to Ocean Ave. to order off a menu that includes about a dozen hot dogs and a handful of sausages and sliders. Creative twists on the classic hot dog include the Mac Attack (housemade Mac ’n cheese, bacon, jalapeños and caramelized onions) and the Chicago (includes yellow mustard, tomato, sweet relish and sport peppers). There’s also a plain dog for the traditionalists and little ones.
Duke’s Dogs is located at 58A S. Ocean Ave.