Finding the Perfect Breakfast
July 07, 2010 | East End Eats
Whether I’m driving out or back from the city, headed to the beach or headed home from a workout, I can’t go very long without stopping for a nice breakkie. Each situation begs for a different locale. This summer, we’ve got some new spots as well as some old faves that I recommend you hit up soon.
Since I’m living in Montauk and running Navy Beach, Southampton is a bit of a trek for me—especially on weekends. But on drives to and from the city, newcomer Organic Avenue is a must. Cold-pressed juices (carrot and grapefruit are my favorites), and Chia Seed Tapioca (strawberry and blueberry cream are to die for) are what I crave. You’ll probably see lovely local Fernanda Niven, who is working with cofounders Denise Mari and Doug Evans to further their mission to provide LOVE (Live Organic Vegan Experience) to customers in the Hamptons.
If I’m heading back (starving) from a killer kickboxing workout at Mark Tuthill’s Martial Arts Center in East Hampton, I usually have a bite to eat at Nichol’s (100 Montauk Hwy., 631-324-3939), which is owned by my friend Julie Stone, who also works for Victoria’s Secret. (FYI: everyone who knows her calls her “Jules.”) You can sit inside or out, and choose from top sellers like the eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, huevos rancheros and The Elvis—an indulgent French toast sandwich with peanut butter and bananas.
Lastly, I’m looking forward to checking out Love Lane Café—brought to us by the owners of the North Fork’s Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck—for coffee (both locations roast their own Arabica beans in-house) and a bite when I’m picking up wine from my longtime family friend Joe Macari Jr. at Macari Vineyards.
All in all, this season is bringing us part- and full-time East Enders a lot of choices, and I suggest getting out there to visit them all.