The burbs have come a long, long way since the time (Clinton was president) when the only sure way to get great eats was to MetroNorth it to the City. But now there are some amazing grazing holes, if you have the time to look (yes, the last time you had free time, Clinton was president). No need to wag into tongue envy, The WesFoodie is always on the lookout for these yet undiscovered spots to grab some great vittles and share them with you, so . . . Twelve (like the tribes brother, my brother) Great Places to Eat in Westchester: the Delicious Dozen.
Plates – Just the best restaurant for inventive new American food in the burbs. (Click here for my review.)
www.platesonthepark.com – 121 Myrtle Boulevard, Larchmont (914) 834-1244.
Misti Pollo A La Brasa – A very popular Peruvian joint in Port Chester – try the Saltado (kind of like Chinese stir fried beef or chicken over a pile of French fries with rice; the sauce gets into the fries and its crunch, salty and frenzy inspiring) and Pollo a la Brasa with salad and rice, their signature dish.
110 North Main Street, Port Chester (914) 939-9437
Toyo – nicely designed, welcoming and always competent Japanese food in Mamaroneck. The WesFoodie never misses a chance to order their spicy yellowtail roll.
www.toyosushi.com - 253 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck (914) 777-8696
Walter’s – Ole style road side hot dog stand with the best grilled dogs and fries around – I mean it. The lines are always long, but its because the history is deep and the dogs are buttery, snappy and grilled right in front of you.
www.waltershotdogs.com - 937 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont
Stone Barns Café – Whether you think the SB experience is an Eden or an Epcot Center for the Foodie set (for The WesFoodie article on SB click here) the café at this Mecca of sustainable agriculture and cuisine delivers some very nice panini and treats – a cut above the rest in Westchester. Sustaindanistas Unite!
www.stonebarnscenter.org – 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills (914) 366-6200
Latin American Café – Long time White Plains favorite for slightly higher end Cuban cuisine. Its good.
134 East Post Road, White Plains (914) 948-6606
Kam-Sen Market – This Asian super duper super market across from the DMV in White Plains has the best (only?) Cantonese China Town style roast meats (y’know, the hanging lacquered ducks) and mixed bag hot food in Westchester. Try the duck and the roast pig (tip: not the “pork”, the “pig” - with skin).
22 Barker Avenue, White Plains (914) 428-4500
Kneaded Bread – Oh man, don’t get me started. The WesFoodie loves, lusts and longs for this all-from-scratch wonderland (for The WesFoodie's little bit on the place click here). Get there!
181 North Main Street, Port Chester (914) 937-9489
Le Jardin du Roi – What a sweet, well done French bistro/café in Chappaqua. Go for brunch, sit for awhile.
95 King Street, Chappaqua – (914) 238-1368
Perks – For awhile this place convinced me that Katonah was a hip, artsy place to be. The coffee is good, the tea is really good and try the chocolate rugelah, it doesn’t disappoint.
197 Katonah Avenue, Katonah – (914) 232-0293
Ray’s Café – The WesFoodie loves this pair of outstanding Shanghai food spots. The beef with eggplant is about as good a Chinese dish as you will ever eat in Westchester. And the proprietors are so sweet and unassuming.
176 South Ridge Street, Rye Brook (914) 937-0747, 1995 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont (914) 833-2551
Westchester Farmers Markets – Okay, The WesFoodie lied, the Markets aren’t great places to eat but they are really great places if you love to eat - to get just-off-the-farm, in-season organic fruit, vegetables, meat and fresh baked scrumshens from across the Hudson Valley. Can you wait for all the farmers markets to open for the season? Me either. The one in White Plains is open – don’t miss the top notch organics from Butternut Valley Organics. Also among the best markets is the Hastings-on-Hudson market on Saturdays from 8:30-2 at the library on Maple Ave starting June 3.
White Plains Farmers Market – 225 Main Street, White Plains 8AM-4PM.