Patch visited 10 local restaurants over the past year and reviewed one dish at each place.
– The Village Gourmet Cheese Shoppe, formerly known as just Village Cheese Shop under the previous owner, has much more to offer than the name implies — it has all the sandwiches you'd expect to find at a deli, plus grilled paninis on fresh bread.
– The Southampton Publick House is a favorite of locals and summer folk alike — for good reason. Its authentic pub atmosphere plus imaginative interpretations on classic dishes served with their award winning microbrews makes it a fixture among Hamptons restaurants.
– La Hacienda on Jagger Lane in Southampton Village offers authentic Mexican food to eat in or take out in a matter of minutes.
– The Driver's Seat on Jobs Lane in Southampton Village has been a landmark institution in the Hamptons for more than 50 years. It is now gearing up for another busy summer season. The restaurant continues to draw local patrons in the off season and has become a popular meeting place for the summer crowd.
– When you think of Foody's restaurant in Water Mill, pizza or pasta may come to mind. It is so much more than that.
– If you’re looking for a place in the Hamptons that does classic pub fare right, then head over to . Recognized by Esquire as one of the best bars in the U.S., it is definitely the kind of place “where everybody knows your name.”
– The Pear's best lunch deal is the half sandwich and soup. There is always a variety of soups to choose from, including many seasonal selections.
– Since 1994, independently owned and the largest coffee roaster and retailer on Long Island, Hampton Coffee Company is more than an espresso bar and take-out place; it is one of the best landmark cafés in Water Mill and Westhampton, and a must-stop for locals, tourists and celebrities alike.
– A staple in Bridgehampton for 11 years, World Pie is still a very popular place. This local favorite is a casual spot with friendly service, an extensive menu, full bar and to-go food as well. With 21 types of pizza and 18 different toppings to choose from, you can have a veritable feast.
– The Blue Duck Bakery and Café on Hampton Road in Southampton Village is a short walk from town hall and the elementary school, making it the perfect lunch spot for local workers — and it's worth the trip for others.