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Hot breakfast havens
A hot home-cooked breakfast may not, at the moment, be possible at your home. So think about fueling body and spirit at a local restaurant or diner that’s warm and welcoming.
We give you some of our all-time favorite breakfast havens. While all were up and running as of Wednesday afternoon, it's best to call before setting out, since power situations can change from one hour to the next.
Relish, 2 Pulaski Rd., Kings Park, 631-292-2740. At his tastefully decorated diner, talented locavore chef co-owner Steve Cardello’s repertoire includes inventive breakfast sandwiches, omelets and pancakes (varieties such as roasted sweet potato, whole grain and ricotta) and a knockout whole grain cereal made with a blend of quinoa flakes, red rice and brown flaxseed, among other ingredients. Sausage is house-made.
Premier Diner, 690 Commack Rd. Commack, 631-462-1432. Co-owner Helen Georgatos offers such creative country breakfast specialties as baked oatmeal, pumpkin pancakes and a host of omelet combinations. The interior was recently redone in bright shades of purple and lime green.
The CookRoom, 25 Middle Country Rd. Middle Island, 631-696-4260 (cash only, closed Tuesdays, open 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Jim Mandler and his mom, Annie, collaborate on such items as “oaty oat” pancakes and breakfast biscuit sliders. Local ingredients are featured when possible. The setting — a restored railroad car diner — is a nostalgic treat.
Eastport Luncheonette, 497A Montauk Hwy Eastport, 631-325-8887. This old-fashioned luncheonette serves pancakes that look like most others but are far more delicate — white and foamy-textured on the inside. The batter is whipped, and fresh seasonal fruit is folded in. Other standards, like omelets and French toast, are available, too.
Thomas’s Ham & Eggery, 325 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-333-3060. Owner Tom Koukoulas serves up inventive egg dishes — omelets, frittatas and, now, scrambles — in shiny skillets. Chicken sausage is house-made. The oatmeal here is truly ambrosial.
Plainview Diner, 1094 Old Country Road Plainview, 516-822-0766. At this reliable local spot, standards rule. Plain diner pancakes come up as light and fresh-tasting treat. Nothing fancy — just old-fashioned good.
Imperial Diner, 63 W. Merrick Rd., Freeport, 516-868-0303. Omelets, waffles and pancakes are currently served at this local standby. Specials, such as breakfast quesadillas, will be back after this emergency period has passed.
Mineola Diner, 138 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, 516-877-1370. At this vintage railroad car diner, the menu is designed around market availability. Whole turkeys — and that includes dark meat — are roasted daily and often featured in omelets, along with cheese and whatever vegetable is in season. There are pancakes and French toast, too.
Above: Whole grain cereal with berries at Relish in Kings Park