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Weekend picks: For Hampton film fest, a food fest

Rowdy Hall in East Hampton.

Rowdy Hall in East Hampton. Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler

The 19th annual Hamptons International Film Festival is under way. And anyone rambling around downtown is going to need more than buttered popcorn and ice cream Bon Bons for the weekend.

Here are three choices to unwind before or after the movies unspool.

If you need a margarita to fuel the experience, there's The Blue Parrot, a lively address for Mexican food with an East End accent. After the guacamole, the chili and the queso fundido, try the lobster fajitas, the catch of the day, assorted tacos or the Shelter Island Cobb salad.

The Blue Parrot, 33A Main St., East Hampton; 631-329-2583, blueparroteasthampton.com $$-$$$

Rowdy Hall is one of the more popular eateries, situated in Parrish Mews. It's a hybrid, combining bistro and pub. The food is very good, whether you're up for the Roquefort-walnut-Boston lettuce salad, duck confit-and-frisée salad, onion soup, pan-roasted pork chop, steak frites, fish and chips or the Rowdyburger.

Rowdy Hall, 10 Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-8555, rowdyhall.com $$-$$$

The summer's new star: East Hampton Grill, which took over the former address of Della Femina. It's an excellent New American restaurant with a wide-ranging menu. Top dishes include deviled eggs, rosemary biscuits, pan-fried Dover sole, prime rib roast, barbecued ribs, Caesar salad capped with crisp oysters, and the cheeseburger.

East Hampton Grill, 99 N. Main St., East Hampton; 631-329-6666, easthamptongrill.com $$$

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