Al Fresco Dining

East End Taste
Topping Rose House.

Dining al fresco is one of my most favorite things to do during the summers out east. We are very lucky to have so many great choices, but I have narrowed it down to the three dining destinations I most enjoy visiting with my husband and our two children, particularly the restaurants that are most favorable for families, including one scenic spot that is the ideal escape.

We go out in the morning, so we like to choose a spot where we can grab, sit and eat, and be off. One of these is Marie Eiffel Market on Shelter Island. We have been spending full days on Shelter Island and oftentimes park and take the North Ferry to Greenport. Marie Eiffel is a short walking distance to the North Ferry, and its selection of sandwiches, soups, drinks, tarts, and more is great for taking on the ferry or sitting in the outdoor seats in front or in the back with views of the sailboats. Our favorites include the organic egg on a roll, and the house-baked croissants.

Also on Shelter Island is Ram’s Head Inn. Its new menu this season is so spot on, you cannot go wrong with any dish you select. Some of our favorites include the Spring Pea and Leek Soup with lobster sausage and maitake mushrooms; and Crab Remoulade with red pepper coulis, corn cake, and celery leaves.

There is plenty of space for children to run about and meet others their own age. There is a swing, bocce ball court, full play set, a large sand box, and spacious backyard. You can easily spend the entire afternoon there and I love that the outdoor seating has perfect views of the backyard so you can watch your children at all times.

For dinner, Topping Rose House has been our staple for many years. We also love its extensive outdoor garden and we love to sit and eat on the verandah. I also appreciate that Topping Rose House has events happening throughout the summer so there is always something to do on the property. Some of my favorite dishes include the Crispy Salmon Sushi and warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Classic, chocolatey comfort on a cool summer’s night.

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