Patch's "The Dish" column takes a close-up look at the local restaurant scene, one dish at a time. Here are some of the memorable ones from 2012:
A Sushi Roll You'll "Heart." While adventurous foodies may flock to places like Domo Sushi for unusual Asian fare, there's always room for a more traditional sushi joint in town. Hoshi Sushi in Stony Brook serves that need.
A Little Slice of Delicious. Sitting among the slices of regular, Sicilian, and buffalo chicken pizza at Little Joe's III on Route 25A in Setauket, you'll find a slice that's dressed up a little more. Its ingredients make this slice, the crostino, is five kinds of delicious.
A Real Serious Turkey Burger. The Brook House is an institution in Stony Brook, whether you're stopping by for ice cream or for a full meal. Either way, you can't go wrong. And if it's a meal you're after, we highly recommend the turkey burger.
Dancing Salmon Roll Will Delight. On a recent weekday afternoon, the "Dancing Salmon" roll was among the chef's specials at Domo Sushi in East Setauket. Throw in a couple of a la carte pieces of sushi and you've got a perfect lunch-sized combination. Here's our review of the Dancing Salmon roll.
Cajun Flavors at Country Corner. The Country Corner has long been known for its burgers, with some recipes that have stood the test of time along with the establishment itself. One particular item stands out on the menu: the blackened Cajun burger.
What's a Loukaniko Sandwich? The food at Greek-to-Go in Stony Brook can scarcely be called boring; here's one lunch that will spice up your day: the Greek sausage sandwich.
Hot and Spicy at Centara. It had been a while since we checked in at Centara, so on in July, we headed over to the Thai eatery in Stony Brook. Broken air conditioning aside, the food was hot in the good kind of way.
Greek Burger at the Lake Grove Diner. If you're on the eastern side of Smithtown a close place for some late night bites is the Lake Grove Diner, across the street from AMC Lowes movie theater and east of the Smith Haven Mall. One of the standout choices on the menu is the Greek Burger.
This Sushi's Out of Control at Kumo. Kumo is a sushi and hibachi restaurant that replicates a nightclub kind of feeling. So it's only natural that they've dubbed this one the "Out Of Cont'Roll."
American Omelette at Jake Starr Café. Whereas previous editions of The Dish have delivered reviews of the tastiest lunches and dinners in the Three Village area, today's entry is all about breakfast. It's served all day at Jake Starr Café in Stony Brook, and we've got a suggestion to make.
Try the Black Linguine at Mario's. Mario's is well known around town for terrific lunch specials, and the seafood black linguine lands squarely among them.
Oodles of Noodles at New Eatery. There's a (warranted) newness about the Ten 89 Noodle House, which opened the first week in January at 1089 Route 25A in Stony Brook. Noodle conoisseurs should flock to this self-service eatery, which for many reasons feels a little more polished than many other nearby Chinese restaurants.
Ten Bucks for a Bill at Jake Starr. A sandwich for chicken lovers. And avocado lovers. And bacon lovers... The Three Village area boasts a few places where you can find a hot, satisfying lunch entrée for around $10. Jake Starr Cafe is one of those places.