Blue Duck Bakery Cafe just made its downtown debut in Riverhead, the third hatchling in a bakery chain with branches in Southampton and Southold.
Keith Kouris, who, with his wife, Nancy, owns the bakeries, said that the location is ideal, since it’s situated between the two Forks and is also convenient to home — which is in Aquebogue.
Artisan bread is what the Blue Duck name has long stood for. The bakery also makes cakes, pastries and cookies. Soups, salads and sandwiches, pre-made daily on-site, are to be eaten at cafe tables or taken out.
Recently, I had a sandwich of grilled chicken with pesto, roasted red peppers and fresh mozzarella on herbes de Provence bread ($7.99). Instead of eating the sandwich cold, I opted to have it grilled on a panino press. I liked that the chicken was good and moist but found the combination of assertively herbal bread plus pesto overwhelmed all the other components of the sandwich. Dessert, a slice of coconut custard pie, was rich yet light.
Blue Duck Bakery Cafe is at 309-2 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-591-2710.