It was Election Day and, after casting our ballots, Joanne and I wanted to have some lunch. Being a Tuesday, the world famous Eastport Luncheonette was, alas, closed. Not wanting to travel far, we decided to try a little spot that I had been promising to visit for some time. That’s how we happened upon the Trackside Café.
We entered a tiny but pleasant space that held a counter with 5 or 6 stools and table seating for maybe 8 or 10 people, all open to the food prep area. We were warmly welcomed by Tara who took our order and then proceeded to begin cooking. An offering of crab asparagus bisque was toasty hot, properly seasoned and garnished with a crispy toasted crouton, two crossed pieces of crab and a dab of crème fraiche. Like a cup of heaven! This was followed by a chicken and fresh veggie wrap and a crab Monte Cristo. The wrap consisted of freshly sautéed zucchini, onions, tomatoes and chicken. The Monte Cristo had a wonderful warm crab salad between two slices of French toast. Both plates were sided with freshly done fries and sprigs of fresh herbs. At a subsequent visit for breakfast, we were presented with a very good cheddar and tomato omelet accompanied by just average home fries and a stack of 5 medium sized, light and delicious pumpkin pancakes paired with a cup of home made apple sauce that came very close to the one that my Mom used to make. As an aside, they have great coffee.
We were surprised to discover that Trackside was open for dinner on Thursday through Sunday (BYO and prix fixe, 3 courses $23 – 30). Tara suggested that we call if we planned to come for dinner, but on the rainy Thursday night that we chose to try dinner there, I wasn’t able to locate the phone number at the time and drove to Speonk only to find the tiny building dark and shuttered. A disappointment at best (we ended up at the Triangle – always open!). Call ahead to ensure they are open before going for dinner.
Trackside is open 7 days for breakfast and lunch until 3PM. Dinner Thursday through Sunday from 6-9, but do call first! A pretty good alternative to other very local offerings.
Trackside Cafe, N. Phillips Ave At The Speonk LIRR Station, Speonk NY; (631)325-8827
Just a final word to comment on our recent community loss. The next time that you are out with friends and neighbors for dinner and you raise your glasses at the beginning of your meal and toast good friends and good health as we do with our friends, maybe we could remember to toast the memory of Howard Lindenbaum who was a good friend to the Encore Community. I, for one, will miss seeing him around our neighborhood.