108 Terry Rd. Smithtown, NY 631-360-9227
This cute, quirky breakfast nook, a cash-only establishment on Terry Road, has garnered the attention of diners and food fans from Montauk to Manhattan. Bloggers from the city crow about the value of making whatever detour necessary to stop in to Maureen's, with Smithtown residents doing the same -- extolling the pleasures of large-portion egg dishes, French-toasted croissants and other calorie-packed wonders that proudly scoff at recommended dietary cholesterol intake.Hours: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Reservations: Not Accepted Credit cards: Not Accepted Accessibility: Yes
In a sprawling Victorian house with a wraparound dining porch and cow-themed decor, Maureen Dernbach (assisted by her daughters and son) serves what many would agree are the best breakfasts in Suffolk County. Lunches are swell, too.
It's hard to beat her baked oatmeal, a virtual hot oatmeal cookie-in-a-bowl, studded with dried cranberries and nuts, accompanied by a pitcher of cold milk. Pancakes are superior - large but light-textured. Try them with pears, perfumed with just a hint of cinnamon, or with oranges, studded with pieces of grated peel. Stuffed raspberry French toast is a lot to handle - fruit compote slathered between two slices of battered bread. No problem for the stalwarts who come to Maureen's daily.
At lunch, sandwiches are overstuffed and delicious. Grilled meat loaf and mozzarella is a treat, as is the chicken, cranberry and walnuts salad.
You'll probably be too full for dessert (I've never been able to manage it), but the crumb cake looks awfully good.
Expect to wait for your table. And keep in mind that the restaurant accepts cash only. It's well spent.