After six years of handing over fries and funnel cakes through a food-truck window, Fry Daddy's owner, Sean Abrams, has opened a brick-and-mortar eatery in downtown Patchogue.
Fry Daddy's Gourmet Eats & Deep Fried Treats opened on South Ocean Avenue earlier this month in a 26-seat space with rustic booths, a window counter, 10 beer taps and deep purple walls. For Abrams, who graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School, Patchogue was a no-brainer. "It's the place to be right now," he said.
It's also a place that seems primed for quick-serve fried food, especially on weekend nights, when the bars are bustling. Fry Daddy's oeuvre complies: Crinkle-cut fries ($8 to $11) that can come slathered with things such as Buffalo chicken and poutine-style gravy and mozzarella; exuberantly sized funnel cakes ($12) fried crisp in canola oil and dusted with sugar, which can be amped up in, for instance, a Dirty Mudslide manner (chocolate pudding, Oreo crumble and whipped cream); and deep-fried sweets galore, from brownies, candy bars, Twinkies, Cinnabons and bananas with chocolate syrup ($5 to $10) to fried sundaes ($8 to $11) a deep-fried PB&J sandwich ($7) and "milk and cookies our way," six deep-fried cookies with a 16-ounce cup of milk for $10.
Abrams said he has "tripled" the volume of the menu that was served from the truck, adding burgers ($13 to $14), including one called The Mo Mo of pork belly with cole slaw and bourbon jelly. More virtuous eaters can go for chopped salads ($8 to $14), drinkers can swill craft beer — there is a house-branded IPA on tap, among other local brews — and those who have already been drinking should note the late-night breakfast menu ($9 to $12) that runs from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and features deep-fried pancakes, French toast and bacon, plus non-fried versions of breakfast staples.
Abrams' partners in the venture are Patricia Barna and Frank Murphy. Fry Daddy's is open daily from the late morning on, staying open until 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Fry Daddy's Gourmet Eats & Deep Fried Treats, 58A S. Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 631-569-5671, frydaddyspatchogue.com