Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, is first and foremost a day of remembrance. Since the end of the Civil War our country has set aside a day to honor and remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. For 100 years, Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30. In 1968, the date was changed to the last Monday in May in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This three-day weekend kicks off summer with parades, barbecues and here on Long Island, the ritual of getting back to the beach. After the winter of 2015, we are more than ready to pack up our beach bags, put on our swimsuits (winter weight be damned), apply the sunscreen and head to the beach. Much like 2014, this summer promises some tasty beach noshing.
The City of Long Beach is repeating its very successful summer food concession program. Shoregasboard was conceived two summers ago as a way to lure beach goers back to the boardwalk, which was still deep in the throes of recovering from Sandy. The program was a hit, and this summer the city is offering mobile food stands along the beach and carts along the length of the two-mile boardwalk.
At Jones Beach State Park, last summer’s SmorgasBar, a seasonal offshoot of Williamsburg’s popular SmorgasBurg, will, sadly, not return. J&B Restaurant Partners, who have been running the Jones Beach concessions for several years, will be serving some tastier eats; lobster rolls, fish tacos, burritos and Cuban sandwiches will enhance the to-be-expected hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries.
Some of our favorite food trucks will be circling their wagons at Robert Moses State Park this weekend. Look for Grill Boys, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Island Empanada, Blondie’s Bake Shop, Chiddy’s Cheesesteaks, Roxie’s Ice Cream and Eat Me, Drink Me trucks at Field 5. After the holiday weekend, these trucks will be rotating in depending on demand, weather, etc.
Suffolk County Park’s Beach Hut restaurants at Meschutt Beach, Smith Point, Venetian Shores, Cedar Beach, Cupsogue Beach, Overlook and Tanner Park are kicking seashore chow up a healthy notch. While still serving traditional beach eats (burgers, hot dogs, fries and the like), the seven Beach Huts are upgrading their menus with healthier fare including kale salad, fresh juices and a catch-of-the-day.
Whether you pack your own PB&J or grab some grub from some of these beachside eateries, please share your beach eats with us on FaceBook, Instagram or Twitter; tag us #ELIBeachEats. Have a great weekend.