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If the results of’s readers’ choice poll for Best of the North Fork is any indication, our readers like to start their days off in Mattituck with breakfast at Love Lane Kitchen or a sweet treat at nearby North Fork Doughnut Co.

When they’re feeling healthy, they might head a bit farther east for a juice at The Giving Room in Southold or to pick up produce at Sang Lee Farms in Peconic.

The Best of the North Fork contest was held for the first time this year and we were happy to report our readers have great taste. 

For the month of July we asked readers to vote in 58 categories, choosing from our staff choices for Best of the North Fork winners in food, wine, outdoors and more. All told, several thousand votes were cast in the inaugural Reader’s Choice contest.

Voting in some of the categories was close. Take for example Best Date Spot, in which American Beech in Greenport narrowly outpaced its equally impressive neighbor The Frisky Oyster.

Best Deli was another close matchup, with Ammirati’s in Mattituck finishing a handful of votes ahead of the nearby Wendy’s Deli. It’s likely no surprise both places, which maintain a particularly friendly rivalry, fared well in the contest. Just like it’s no shocker Southold Fish Market handily claimed a pair of readers’ choice awards for Best Seafood Spot and Best Lobster Roll.

We also learned our readers like waking up on the water at the Sound View in Greenport, shopping at Mint in Mattituck and taking in live music by Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks.