Long Islanders like their lobster, and have plenty of spots...

Long Islanders like their lobster, and have plenty of spots that do it justice. One option is Jeff’s Seafood & Chowder House at 18 Bayville Ave., Bayville, 516-628-0124. Credit: Newsday File/Tony Jerome

Jeff’s Seafood & Chowder House in Bayville has reopened for the season. Chef Billy Bob McLellan, who left shortly after the restaurant opened last year, is back at the helm. McLellan said that the place is now fully functioning, with both air conditioning and a liquor license, both notably absent last summer.

McLellan, who is also executive chef for Jeff’s Seafood of Halesite, gained a local following in East Northport over a decade ago as co-chef of the wacky but surprisingly good Hook In Me Aye Cafe. In Bayville this summer, his specialty is a bread bowl filled with a stew of mussels, clams, shrimp and sea scallops in a red broth with herbes de Provence ($16). Also on the menu: clams oreganata ($8), a lobster roll ($20), an oyster po’boy ($13) and grilled Atlantic salmon over field greens ($14).

McLellan is currently baking the bread for the restaurant’s bread basket. Right now, the place is open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday but will shortly offer both lunch and dinner all  week.

Jeff’s Seafood & Chowder House is at 18 Bayville Ave., Bayville, 516-628-0124.

 

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