The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
After more than 15 years tucked away on a side street, Salamanders General Store has moved to Greenports main drag. Now rechristened Salamanders on Front, the little takeout shop has expanded in every way possible.
In the soaring bi-level space, theres now more shelf space for owner Claudia Helinskis 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.
There are fresh salads, sandwiches, burgers and kebabs to order, as well as Salamanders 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.
Salamanders on Front is at 38 Front St., Greenport, 631-477-3711, salamandersgreenport.com.