Category Archives: Road Food

Best Potato Chips in NY Area? Try Chips at Southold’s Piping Plover on the North Fork

Potato chips fall into two categories: natural, hand-cut varieties like those offered up at the Piping Plover in Southold on the North Fork of Long Island, or too-salty chips with a taste and texture like cardboard.

At Piping Plover, they make their own potato chips from hand-sliced potatoes. Owner Ken Myers says the dark russet potatoes come from Hallock Farms, a local grower. The potato chips are finished with “a light dusting of garlic, salty and pepper,” he said.  There’s also a vinegar and salt variety. The chips come packaged in a simple brown paper bag and cost a couple of bucks.

What we liked: buttery, crispy potatoey chips, with only the lightest sprinkling of salt. These are chips for folks who like their snack to taste like potatoes without much salt or seasoning, definitely my preference. They’re a tad too greasy, but you can take care of that with a paper napkin. Plus, I love how they come scooped into a plain brown paper bag.

What we didn’t like: Hubby: Not enough salt. Daughter: soggy.

The Piping Plover also serves salads, sandwiches and a variety of snack fare.

Piping Plover Cafe

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53345 Route 25
Southold, NY 11971-4643
631 765 5055

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Mr B’s Barbecue: Best Pulled Pork Sandwich at White Post VA ‘Cue Joint

uMr B's Barbecue, White Post, VA. Photo: Laura B. Weiss.

Mr B's Barbecue, White Post, VA. Photo: Laura B. Weiss.

A couple of years ago, we stumbled upon Mr. B’s Barbecue in White Post, VA. (See my earlier write-up.) The barbecue was terrific. So on a recent return visit to the area, we stopped in for another pork-infused lunch. This time, the pulled pork sandwich outshone the ribs.

Mr B's Barbecue Pig Sign. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

Mr B's Barbecue Pig Sign. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

Situated in a square white cinder block building on the main road in tiny White Post Virginia, Mr. B’s welcomes a steady stream of locals. Next to the take-out place is a red iron smoker.Pitmaster Larry Doleman led us inside for a look.On the grill were chicken quarters; the overpowering aroma of smoke, sauce and grease made us swoon with hunger.

(See below for information on the The Big Apple BBQ Block Party in Madison Square Park and a recipe for Coca-Cola glazed baby back ribs.)

Why do we head straight for Mr. B’s when we’re in the area, which abuts Shenandoah National Park?

There’s the sauce: smokey and vinegary with just a touch of sweetness. Perfect. There’s the pulled pork sandwich($5.50).It’s packed with meat and doused with that terrific pungent red sauce.If your piggy-averse or on a diet, go for the chicken barbecue sandwich ($5.00). It’s also dripping with that great sauce, though not particularly smokey and you don’t benefit from the richness of the pork.

Mr B's Barbecue Smoker. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

Mr B's Barbecue Smoker. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

Sad to say, the half rack of ribs ($10.75) was cold. “It takes kind of slimy,” my hubby groused. Lesson learned: ask if the ribs have just come off the grill.

What was the biggest disappointment?

Last time we feasted on BBQ at Mr. B’s, we spied a sweet potato pie in the case, bought the entire thing for just a few dollars, and by the end of the afternoon, had devoured every last crumb.This, time, no pie.”We only do those for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Doleman explained.

Looking for great barbecue closer to home? Check out the The Big Apple BBQ Block Party in Madison Square Park June 12 and 13. Some of the country’s best pitmasters will be there demonstrating their ‘cue bona fides.

And here’s a recipe for Coca-Cola glazed baby back ribs by Virginia Willis.

Mr. B’s BBQ and Catering
14767 Lord Fairfax Hwy (Rte 340)
White Post, VA 22663
(540) 837-1323

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Food Away: The Best Fish and Chips This Side of the Pond

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I’m not much fish and chips fan. In my experience, it’s more like fish and grease. So a couple of weekends ago, when we stopped at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London, CT on our way back from Boston to New York, I ordered the lobster roll instead. Still, Roadfood, a site I rely on for road food picks whenever we travel, said the fish and chips ($9.95 including excellent fries and slaw) at Captain Scott’s was outstanding. So I dove into my hubby’s fish and chips to see what all the fuss was about.

capt-scott-fish-yesThis was fish and chips like no other. Perfectly crisp and golden on the outside with a buttery finish. Tender and most on the inside. What’s the secret? Hot oil is a must. Plus, “we change the it a lot,” said the server manning the counter that runs along the front of the ramshackle fish shack. Cod is the fish of choice, she informed me. (If you’re not a fried fish fan, try the lobster roll for $13.95. It’s prepared Connecticut style, made with melted butter instead of mayo. Personally, I like the traditional recipe better. There’s also a fish market for purchasing seafood to take home.)

There can’t be a better  fish and fries plate than this New London rendition—not even in old London. (West Branch on the Upper West Side has a pretty good version.)  But don’t go for the atmosphere. There are picnic tables for devouring your grub, but you probably won’t want to linger very long.  For a bit of maritime atmosphere, look to the  few dozen pleasure boats  tied up adjacent to the picnic area. Otherwise, the view consists of rusting lobster traps, a dreary parking lot, and thundering Amtrak trains hurtling by every few minutes.

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If you’re taking the ferry from New London to Orient or Block Island, Captain Scott’s is just a stone’s throw away.  The place is open from April through October.

Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock
80 Hamilton St.
New London, CT
860 439 1741
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New Jersey: Some Road Food Suggestions

For iconic American road food, there’s nothing like a trip to the Garden State.   NY City Food Guy takes you on a tour of three standouts.  You’ll be eating fried hot dogs, milkshakes, and sliders.  Bring some ant-acid for the ride home:

New Jersey has some serious food and I ate at three places in one day. A New Jersey Triptych for the ages.
Deep fried hot dogs with secret relish, the best sliders I’ve ever had and awesome homemade ice cream:
http://nycfoodguy.com/2008/11/14/new-jersey-food-triptych-

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New Jersey Turnpike Eats

For those times when you have to make that awful trudge down the NJ Turnpike, The Times has a useful roundup of off-road eats. The problem with wandering off the Turnpike for grub is that it takes extra time. Yes, I want some good food. But, no, I don’t want the the time I spend on that traffic-clogged road–it’s the first circle of hell where road trips are concerned– to take one minute longer than it absolutely has to.

But if anyone has favorite stops to add to the Times list, I’d love to hear about them.

We sometimes get on to Route 130 which avoids bottlenecks on the Turnpike that can crop up around exit 7. There are a couple of decent diners along the way.

130 US Highway 130th
Hightstown, NJ

609 448 4477

144 US Highway 130
Bordentown, NJ

609 298 4650

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