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ROWDY HALL 10 Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-8555

ROWDY HALL
10 Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-8555
The fries at Rowdy Hall start as Idaho Russet Burbank potatoes. They're double-blanched and fried to order in a canola-vegetable oil blend. These delectable spuds accompany the Rowdyburger and, of course, steak frites. You can order them "wet" with brown gravy, too. Side order: $5 Photo Credit: Photo by Gordon M. Grant

Movies by Oscar winners Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") and Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic"), plus the Czech entry for best foreign film, "Kawasaki's Rose," are on the screen at this year's Hamptons International Film Festival, through Monday.

Here are three dependable restaurants near the action.

Exile Bar & Grill in Amagansett is one of the year's welcome surprises, a small-plates eatery with an array of appetizing dishes. Winners include sardines puttanesca, grilled halibut with salsa verde, pasta alla chitarra with pesto, pork Milanese, and thin-crust pizzas.

Exile Bar & Grill is at 231 Main St. (Route 27), Amagansett; 631-267-6399.

Rowdy Hall in East Hampton attracts regulars for its bistro-pub style. Some favorites: the croque monsieur, "Rowdyburger," steak frites, fish-and-chips, vegetarian chili, Roquefort-walnut-Boston lettuce salad, root-beer float. Fine brews on draft, too.

Rowdy Hall, 10 Main St. (at Parrish Mews), East Hampton; 631-324-8555.

The Grill on Pantigo in East Hampton was among the summer's highlights, with very good, mostly American fare. It's part of the restaurant group that includes The 1770 House. Order meatloaf or a burger as you would at 1770's tavern. Or sample rich pork belly with tart cucumber and guacamole; thickly cut swordfish; roasted local fluke; and, yes, linguine with white clam sauce.

The Grill on Pantigo is at 203 Pantigo Rd. (Route 27), East Hampton; 631-329-2600.

Very good fries at Rowdy Hall.

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