Red Rooster Bistro

One of the best features of living in Eastport is its proximity to the North Fork, my absolutely favorite part of the Island.  Many people think of traveling there only in the warmer months, but winter on the North Fork is especially beautiful.  True, the farm stands and some winery tasting rooms are closed, but the starkness of the season is dramatically portrayed in the surrounding landscape, and there are some cozy and really special spots in the picturesque towns to share a meal with friends and loved ones.  One of these spots is just north of Main Road in Cutchogue…The Red Rooster Bistro.  The directions are easy: turn north at the Valero Station (which, by the way, has the cheapest gas around, even less than our Valero in Eastport).  It’s the red rustic building with a large rooster in front, right next to the railroad tracks.

My first visit took place in the late summer / early autumn of last year for lunch after visiting some local tasting rooms.  We were led through the restaurant to a pleasant table in the furthest room (there are three). The first thing I noticed was that each table was professionally set with linen tablecloths and napkins.  The next thing I noticed was the décor…many roosters making for a very whimsical country setting.  We received our menus which are very innovative, not just listing the offerings but displaying them rather uniquely.  On the cover, following the restaurant’s name and, of course, a sketch of a rooster was their motto, “food worth crowing about at chicken feed prices.”  The prices fit, but how was the food?

I settled on a boneless short rib served with sautéed veggies and choice of potato.  The meat was tender and flavorful, probably the best I’ve ever tasted, all for $16.95.  This and subsequent visits (I’ve been three times), we’ve sampled their version of a Lobster Roll, the Red Rooster Salad, the Red Rooster Burger (12 ounces of beef and bison, stuffed with bacon and blue cheese, and topped with pepper jack), fried tilapia sandwich and fried oysters…all really good!  Although I have not tried it (yet!), I hear that the crab cake appetizer served in a Portobello mushroom cap is to die for, and more than enough to be a meal!

The Red Rooster is open seven days for lunch until past dinner time.  The food is really good, the prices more than fair and it’s a great excuse for a journey to one of the best parts of Long Island.  But this is, after all, only ONE MAN’S OPINION!

Red Rooster Bistro, 4805 Depot Ln, Cutchogue NY; (631)734-8267

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