Feed Me

The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.

After more than 15 years tucked away on a side street, Salamander’s General Store has moved to Greenport’s main drag. Now rechristened Salamander’s on Front, the little takeout shop has expanded in every way possible.

In the soaring bi-level space, there’s now more shelf space for owner Claudia Helinski’s carefully curated specialty items — first-rate pasta, condiments, teas and coffees — and more refrigerated cases for her prepared foods. The day I stopped by I had a glorious lunch of spicy bean salad (gigantes, kidney and chickpeas), shrimp in a Mexican salsa, the signature finely shredded purple coleslaw and a salad of quinoa, black rice and wheat berries.

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There are fresh salads, sandwiches, burgers and kebabs to order, as well as Salamander’s fried chicken. The menu calls it “famous and fabulous” and I would have to agree.

The vast new space also has plenty of seating, a full bar (marble-topped at that) and a loft space upstairs that Helinski plans on using for events.

Salamander’s on Front is at 38 Front St., Greenport, 631-477-3711, salamandersgreenport.com.