When I see fruit salad on a menu, I am almost always expecting some combination of melon, grapes, maybe pineapple or over ripened kiwi–it’s the norm. I’m over it! I’m all about this fresh, thoughtful citrus fruit salad for summer!
PS. Cara Cara Oranges are officially my current favorite fruit! Loving them for flavoring water, too (yes, there’s a recipe for that too! Coming soon!) ! I’m obsessed!
Red Grapefruit (3, large, sumpremed)
Cara Cara Oranges (3, large, supremed)
Fresh Mint (20 large leaves, chiffonade)
Fresh Mint (10 tiny leaves)
Pistachio (20, roughly chopped)
For NYCers, the Hamptons is a summer oasis where we can get away from all of the chaotic street lights rushing us, people pushing ahead of us only to obnoxiously slow down and light cigarettes which will ultimately coat every article of our clothing in a tobacco ridden mist, the people somehow sprawling their legs to cover two full seats on a packed train, you know, the annoying little nuances of getting to those incredible restaurants that pile up into a bundle of “I need to get away from it all” exhaustion (not, to sound too much like a Debbie downer). Yes, we leave our empire of a city for the grassy lawn picnics, yachts and breezy white linen shorts. What stays the same is that there are still those amazing restaurants we must get to!
Round Swamp Farm
184 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, NY 11937
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THE LOBSTER ROLL RESTAURANT
This is not just a restaurant to happen upon (though that works, too) it’s one to make a trip for! If you love lobster rolls—and who doesn’t—add The Lobster Roll Restaurant, aka. “Lunch” to your Must List!
Lunch: Don’t be fooled or swayed by the sign bearing the words “LUNCH Lobster Roll” on the restaurant’s rooftop. Everything we ate was incredible! I’m still obsessing over their Fish-n’-Chips!
Before You Go: Mentally prepare for a full meal—appetizers, mains and desserts. If you don’t eat it all, you will sincerely be missing out!
My Restaurant Fave: The Hot Lobster Roll (pair it with the Frozen Lemonade—you’ll love!).
Note to Self: If you are gluten free, they have a killer menu created with you in mind.
What I love about the Hamptons is it’s very unique way of combining the new and trendy with classic traditions. It’s that classic vibe that I love so much about The Lobster Roll Restaurant known by beloved regulars as “Lunch” due to the big sign reaching out from the restaurant’s roof and the frequency in which they go back for, well, lunch.
And, have they ever been going back. This year marks the restaurant’s fiftieth anniversary! With photos hanging on the walls from opening day, it’s truly a restaurant filled with history and nostalgia—that, and amazing food! Holy moly!
Coming from the city, I don’t drive that often. So, jumping in the driver’s seat of my awesome lunch date Alyssa of Runway Chef’s Range Rover and driving an hour from our Hampton’s house out to Montauk for lunch knowing we had a drive back to the city ahead of us was super exciting—will travel for food! I know, you’re saying, “Michelle, it’s a lobster roll, really, that good?”. Oh, yes, get in your car and go! FYI, it’s a quick pull off on the right side of Montauk Highway in Amagansett—you seriously can’t miss it.
Left to Right: Me (Michelle Williams), Andrea Anthony (Restaurant Owner), Alyssa Levine (Runway Chef)
I’m more than slightly obsessed with lobster rolls. Though, I fully admit, I’ve tried a slew of hot lobster rolls and have always found them repulsive. In sitting down at the blue wooden tables, under red umbrellas, with sock hop music happily playing in the background while chatting with owner Andrea Anthony, I listened to her give me a tour of all of her amazing menu items. When she mentioned how good their hot lobster roll was—EEK!—I had to tell her how nervous I was. I really really didn’t want to hate it.
The Hot Lobster Roll
Fast forward, and I’m scraping for morsels left in the build your own lobster roll styled platter that was placed in front of me. It’s obscenely delicious! I’m so ordering it again when I go back!
Front to Back: Homemade Lobster Seafood Bisque, Homemade Creamy New England Clam Chowder, Homemade Hearty Manhattan Seafood Chowder
We had the most awesome server, Lori, who told us about a group of guys—whom I totally picture as bros—coming by and ordering The Hot Lobster Roll with an order of the Homemade Lobster Seafood Bisque that they then poured over the roll to make extra drippy and gluttonous. Color me a little grossed out but, really, more impressed!
The “Classic” Lobster Roll
It’s no secret as to why The Lobster Roll Restaurant has stood the test of time. When it comes to finding the balance between old and new, Andrea and her team are the experts. They do their best to maintain the history of the establishment while catering to it’s present needs.
“Our famous lobster salad is made with 100% pure cold water lobster meat, using the same recipe we created almost 50 years ago”
Take the menu, to really get that homemade with love feel, Andrea makes all of the desserts by hand—and boy are they worth saving room for! The gluten free cupcakes are insane.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcake
I’m in love with the Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcake. This is coming from a person who shudders at the idea of eating nearly anything preceded by the words “gluten free”. Does it ever really taste as good?! I’ve had a few instances now that if you didn’t tell me it was gluten free and I bit into it, I would never know. This is one of those times.
Frozen Key Lime Pie
FYI, the frozen Key Lime Pie is also an absolute must—Lori, did not steer us wrong with that awesome recommendation!
If you’re like me, you’re thinking “whoa, hold the phone, gluten free food at a lobster roll restaurant, what the what?!?!” This goes back to why this restaurant continues to stand the tests of time, well, that and it’s love for it’s patrons.
One day, a regular customer called in ahead of time asking Andrea if the restaurant had gluten free rolls for her daughter who has celiac disease. Immediately, Andrea turned around and purchased a bag to cater to this child’s needs—come on, everyone should be able to enjoy and demolish a lobster roll! In having a few extra rolls, she decided to scribble “gluten free rolls upon request” onto the specials board. They were an immediate hit! And so was born a series of gluten free menu items—like those outrageous cupcakes—made with love for her loving guests.
Like she does with her regulars, boy-oh-boy, did Andrea spoil us! We had epic amounts of food and between two small ladies, we nearly devoured all of it—hello, Fish-n’-Chips tempura battered perfection, Homemade Creamy New England Clam Chowder, Homemade Hearty Manhattan Seafood Chowder, Homemade Lobster Seafood Bisque, The Hot Lobster Roll of course, The “Classic” Lobster Roll, Homemade Creamy Coleslaw which was too delish, Crispy “Crinkle-Cut” Fries that I so wish I was snacking on right this minute, I’m obsessed with Daniel’s Frozen Lemonade, the people at the table next to us got the Chocolate Milkshake and it looked sinfully drool worthy, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Frozen Key Lime Pie, Andrea’s Chocolate Obsession Cake and that fabulous Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcake.
Oh, then, there were the awesome iced coffees that she poured us for our four hour drive back to the city! Now, that’s hospitality! The scraps that we didn’t manage to demolish in the moment, we of course foraged like not-so-little animals into to-go containers for pre-dinner. Perfect timing really. We lunched, hopped into the car, drove home, and then ate the remmants. Too fantastic!
Let Alyssa of Runway Chef show you how to make that room-for-lobster-rolls elastic waistlined outfit look super trendy and stylish in her article all about our lobster rollin’ looks!
There’s little such thing more important than family. On this, the people behind Round Swamp Farm are experts. This family run farm is much more than a case of ownership, here, it’s all hands on deck.
Co-Owner Lisa Niggles
Claire Olszewski’s Bundt Cakes
Co-owner Lisa Niggles makes cookies, pies and cakes with her own two hands! Each then gets packaged bearing her name because, well, she made them—like “Lisa’s Southern Peach Cake”, which of course got gobbled up. Other cakes and foods on the farm that were made by family members have their names on them. So sweet! Next time I go back I have to try some of Claire’s bundt cakes.
Whichever items were not made on the ten acres of farmland located behind the East Hampton market, were harvested and discovered by Lisa—of course, making certain that each product is thoughtfully composed thus earning an honorable place on the market’s shelf and her stamp of approval.
Feed this model! She’s getting hangry holding all of this amazing smelling food and not eating it, YET!
All you need is a blanket, perhaps a bottle or two from a nearby vineyard and some silverware. It’s dreamy! Such the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon.
Alyssa of Runway Chef
Lisa’s Southern Peach Cake
I now have mentally planned to do this every single time I’m out in the Hamptons. It’s too lovely and delicious not to.
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What a fun fitness and food event! With the storming rain the night before and morning of, I found myself wishing and praying to anyone who would listen for it all to clear up in time for it. Thank goodness it did! With a damp rooftop, I followed in the lead of the Equinox experts and moved the fitness portion of the event indoors for the safety of all of the guests with the plan to move on up to the roof after the class and mingle over awesome bites on the rooftop. And, so we did!
Listening to energetic pop music, in a high ceiling windowed room with natural light pouring in, we geared up for Scott Kolb’s 30/60/90 Equinox class. Saying that he “kicked our butts” is an complete and utter understatement. Feeling the sense of accomplishment by physically being able to make it out of the classroom on two feet after all of those “hopscotch, drop, hand on the bench, push up, pop up, again, faster now” moments was priceless—especially, since Scott told us that he was going to give us the beginner’s version of the class. With all of the fitness buffs in the room, I don’t think a single one was in their immediate comfort zone which was what made it so fun!
SOOO love that my gma came and rocked it! Love you!
“I can’t feel my arms”— text from Whitney Ferguson the following morning.
@alexandraimann: Peaceful #rooftop views after a crazy class at Equinox … Thanks Michelle for setting this up!! @ccbymwilliams #ccfitfoodiefriends
Now, sweat clad chic, we headed up to the rooftop for some much earned fresh air and bites. And what a lovely rooftop it is!
Luna Bar Love
@cocoferg12 Laughing at how that 30/60/90 class kicked our butts! Thank goodness for the yummy treats. #CCFitFoodieFriends @alboogieee @ccbymwilliams
It was only once we began refueling on Luna and Clif protein filled bars that we were able to fully appreciate our cityscape surroundings. Not only were they the perfect pick-me-up but there was a flavor for every single person’s taste preferences. Not to mention, they looked super pretty set up on the table.
Everyone wants in on those delish hand-rolls!
Once reenergized, we all hovered around the Uma Temakeria platters eager to sample, albeit, demolish the exciting looking super fresh cone shaped hand-rolled bites. They were nearly too delicious.
All Uma Temakeria hands in!
I looked up for a hot second from eating mine and saw that every single guest had one in their hands and was happily eating away—of course, I smuggled some home for dinner.
“If it wasn’t for this, I’d be sitting on my couch for another four hours watching TV”—Matthew Mack (FYI, that was totally said in a thanking tone and not a wishful thinking kind of way—hehe!)
Cheers to a challenging and exciting workout and delicious rooftop eats on a, what turned out to be, lovely Sunday afternoon!