Restaurants offering eats mostly made from scratch

The market salad is served at Jack's Shack,

The market salad is served at Jack's Shack, which makes its own salad dressings, includes mesclun, Granny Smith apples, fresh-roasted walnuts, grape tomatoes, roasted beets and green beans. (Dec. 1, 2011) (Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)

In an ideal world, everything you eat at restaurants would be made with care, from scratch. The reality, though, is that chefs often take short cuts and rely on commercially produced items -- especially at modestly priced eateries. Here, to varying degrees, are three exceptions.

SAPSUCKERS HOPS & GRUB, Huntington

This cozy Huntington gastro pub makes a "Sardinian" hot dog using wild boar sausage made in-house and serves it on an excellent brioche roll.

287 Main St., 631-683-4945

ROAST SANDWICH HOUSE, Melville

At this inventive counter-service sandwich spot, virtually everything is made in-house, starting with roasted meats. Hand-cut fries and roasted fresh vegetables are the rule. Only the bread and the Tater Tots are brought in from outside.

827 Walt Whitman Rd., 631-629-4869

JACK'S SHACK, Glen Head

This "green" fast-food place, owned by Food Network personality William "Jack" Degel, makes most of what it serves -- including salad dressings and ketchup -- from scratch. But while plantain fries are freshly cut, regular and sweet potato varieties are prefrozen.

671-A Glen Cove Ave., 516-676-7001

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