My friends and I are nothing if not brunch connoisseurs. We love restaurant-hopping our way around Long Island in search of the best in mimosas and French toast. So when we heard about the Patchogue Breakfast Crawl, we were ALL IN. I was particularly excited because I moved to the Patchogue area at the beginning of this year and I thought this would be a great chance to check out the vibe in each of the restaurants and get ideas for future date nights with my guy.
All in all, we had a great time; however, the event itself was a little bit flawed. One restaurant decided quite last minute that they were not going to honor every ticket sold; others decided to start late, or worse – finish early with no notice. I’m not going to call out that restaurant by name, but we “saved the best for last” – and well, apparently that was a bad idea. We didn’t get to try that restaurant, and because of the poor way we were treated, we probably never will. The biggest – and most unexpected – problem was this: the event was not even remotely vegetarian friendly. We didn’t realize that each place would have one option only, and most of them had meat (shout out to RHUM Patchogue for accommodating me – but more on that later). We each purchased ten restaurant tickets for the event, and at least a few of us had several left at the end. So unfortunately I won’t be able to review all ten restaurants for you as promised, but here are a few of the highlights:
Roast Coffee & Tea – Always a pleasure going to this coffeehouse. They were offering basic coffee and tea for the breakfast crawl and I ended up deciding not to cash in a ticket there, just because I’d had coffee before I got there (silly me). But I’ve been here several times before and it blows Starbucks away. Recommendation: Honeysuckle Latte
Goldberg’s Famous Bagel – They were offering plain mini bagels with a choice of either cream cheese or butter. Good bagels, delicious coffee!
The Village Idiot Pub – I’ve had breakfast here before and it was pretty good. Today, however – well, would you look at these drinks?? They’re like meals, in and of themselves. They were offering Bread Pudding French Toast with fresh blueberries. It was only a bite-sized portion, but it was yummy nonetheless.
Long Island Super Bowls – This stop was a priority on my Breakfast Crawl trail, because I’ve been wanting to get into making acai bowls at home but I needed to see how the pros do it first. Some restaurants participating in this event were giving away the bare minimum, but this place absolutely delivered. They know how to turn people into customers! The portion size was incredibly generous, the bowls were make fresh, they were delicious, and the place was super cute.
The Tap Room – They had an ah-mazing Triple Berry French Toast Casserole, and the portion size was so big I needed help finishing it. It was rich and moist and super yummy.
Arooga’s Sportsbar – Probably one of my top three spots. They were serving up a Captain Crunch French Toast (are you sensing a theme? It was either meat, or French toast lol). Not something I’d eat on a normal day as I try to stay away from sugar, but it was definitely delicious. I’ve been here for brunch before too, it was really good, the place is huge and so nice, and the mimosas are only $3. Need I say more?
Rhum – Far and away my favorite spot on the Breakfast Crawl. I’ve been wanting to check them out since they opened but they’re always packed, and I can easily see why. It’s so cute, the vibe is great, and the menu is amazing. I can’t wait to go back for dinner and drinks one night. An extra-special thank you to them – they were whipping up fresh tacos for the masses of people filing in there, made with pulled pork, avocado crema, shaved radish, cotija cheese, green onion, fried egg and potato sticks. They were kind enough to make a meatless one for me and seriously that was the highlight of my morning. I’ll be back for my key lime pie martini and coconut risotto!