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Local cuisine in The Hamptons ranges from clam shacks by the shore to chic and stylish kitchens from celebrity chefs. Of course, the local seafood remains one of the stars, but also try the local produce, Long Island duck and wines from the North Fork wineries.
Grab breakfast in town at Babette's. The omelets are huge and they come with a choice of tasty sides, like oatmeal or sweet potato fries. If you're in Southampton, you can breakfast at the classic Sip'n Soda — locals have been coming here for traditional diner food since 1958.
When lunch beckons, head to Sag Harbor, on the north side of the island and have a meal at Dock House, a true Long Island seafood joint.
Another option for lunch is to head to East Hampton and dine at The Palm at the Huntting Inn. Classics of this upscale hotel chain include the Gigi salad, with shrimp and bacon, as well as copious steaks. Grab an afternoon snack or a picnic at Citarella, or an old-fashioned Dreesen doughnut at Scoop du Jour.
If this happens to be a Saturday during the months of May through October, stop at the Farmers' Market where you can taste Art Ludlow's Mecox Bay Dairy artisanal cheeses — he runs the only cow dairy on Long Island — but on any other day, you can call ahead and visit his dairy just South of Bridgehampton. The 15-minute drive will bring you close to Pierre's and its St. Tropez atmosphere on Route 27, so consider grabbing lunch there. Pierre Weber (a third generation baker) may don Lacoste shirts more often than chef whites, but you cannot go wrong with his bouillabaisse, French fries and pastries.
A simpler but no less delicious option is Townline BBQ (also on Route 27), which serves authentic Southern fare (favorites include the organic smoked chicken and the pulled pork). Foodies cannot leave Bridgehampton without a visit to Loaves & Fishes Cookshop for a peek at their extensive array of kitchen accessories: from Alessi stainless steel salt and pepper containers to top of the line Viking outdoor grills.
For dinner, don't pass up a chance to dine at the 1770 House, which serves up elevated American fare in a comfortable, rustic environment. The seafood on the menu is (naturally) the way to go, especially the seared Montauk scallops, Maple-Soy Cured Pork Rib Chop or the Marinated Atlantic Swordfish. Or try Almond in Bridgehampton, a restaurant specializing in French cuisine. Once more, local seafood will be on the menu, but you can also enjoy meatier dishes.
Southampton favorite Red | Bar inside a renovated Hamptons home features French-American dishes. The menu is fresh and modern, with inspiration from a host of international cuisines, imagined and executed to a T by Chef Erik Nodeland. But while the restaurant may take you on a journey around the world, the ambiance is all Hamptons.