Let’s face it: increasing prices have made eating on a budget more of a priority than ever before. Known for an extensive high-end dining and winery scene, the North Fork can be a difficult place to find “cheap eats” if you don’t know where to look. That’s why we’ve curated a list of our favorite places to get a meal that’s delicious and affordable. Here are 10 North Fork lunches for $10 or less (excluding tax).
1. Classic Grilled Cheese at Wednesday’s Table, $5.95
Wednesday’s Table offers a Classic Grilled Cheese that’s simply delicious. Creamy American and cheddar cheese oozes between two slices of a hearty bread of your choice — country white or whole wheat.
Wednesday’s Table is located at 53345 Main Road in Southold.
2. Spanakopita at Agora Greek Market, $6.00 per square
Tucked away off Love Lane, this little market is well-known for its authentic Greek cuisine. At $6 a slice, their Spanakopita — a flaky spinach and cheese pie — is a great option for those looking for something savory for lunch.
Agora Greek Market is located at 610b Pike Street in Mattituck.
3. Bang Bang Cauliflower Tacos at Mattitaco, $8.00 for 2
Crispy Thai-styled Cauliflower is paired with mango salsa and lime aioli, served on a flour tortilla. These tacos are vegetarian-friendly and surprisingly filling, so it doesn’t take many to have a satisfying meal.
Mattitaco is located at 10560 Main Road in Mattituck.
4. Broccoli Cheddar Soup at Barrow Food House, $8.00
A local favorite, Barrow Food House is a fast casual restaurant, making it the ideal spot for a quick meal. Warm and comforting, this broccoli cheddar soup is a budget-friendly must for the cold days ahead.
Barrow Food House is located at 452 Main Road in Riverhead.
5. Balsamic Grilled Chicken Wrap at Hampton Coffee Co., $8.00
While the Hamptons chain is known for their hand-roasted coffee, it also serves a variety of wraps and sandwiches. At $8, this soft flour wrap is served chilled and features balsamic grilled chicken with tomatoes, baby spinach, and basil pesto.
Hampton Coffee Co. is located at 272 Main Road in Aquebogue.
6. Dumplings at Opties & Dinghies, 4 for $8.50
The freshly made dumplings at Opties & Dinghies in Orient come with beef, shrimp, chicken or veggie and can be boiled or pan-fried. These are great on their own or with some noodles and bao for an additional cost.
Opties & Dinghies is located at 1010 Village Lane in Orient.
7. Cheeseburger at Country Corner Cafe in Southold, $9.50
Founded in 1997, this neighborhood luncheonette and ice cream parlor is one of the few places left where you can find a cheeseburger for under $10 on the North Fork. These 1/2-pound burgers are cooked to order and made with fresh, lean beef. Choose between American, Swiss, mozzarella, or cheddar cheese.
Country Corner in Southold is located at 55765 NY-25 in Southold.
8. Mad Dog Burrito at Funchos, $9.95
This hefty burrito is likely the most filling option on this list. Rice, black or refried beans, cheese, lettuce, and chipotle BBQ is wrapped into a large flour tortilla to create a flavorful and satisfying combo. While meat can be added for an additional cost, this tasty burrito can stand on its own.
Funchos is located at 1156 W Main Street in Riverhead.
9. Veggie Chili at North Fork Roasting Co., $10.00
This local coffee joint offers veggie & bean chili with a flavorful kick. The spicy, homemade chili is served with bread and topped with cheddar cheese, avocado and cilantro.
North Fork Roasting Co. is located at 55795 Main Road in Southold.
10. Panini Combo at Erik’s in Southold, $10.95
A Southold staple, Erik’s has been serving breakfast and lunch since 2006. For lunch, the family-owned restaurant offers a panini combo — a 1/2 panini with a cup of soup or side salad. Coming in at slightly above $10, this deal is worth the extra coin.
Erik’s in Southold is located at 43715 County Road 48 in Southold.