8 Things We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving


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When you’re a proud champion of Long Island’s food and drink community, you always have a lot to be thankful for. From craft beer to world-class restaurants, critically acclaimed wine to innovative farms, there’s very little this Island doesn’t have or do.

Which is why we genuinely love of our job. It is a privilege to share the stories of how Long Island eats and drinks with you.

And so, every day, we tell you these stories. We tell you about the two lifelong friends making wine-infused macarons in Amityville and the organizations working to feed our Island’s hungry. We tell you about the small business owners serving up great food for great causes and the farm growing a garden full of garlic to support a global sense of unity.

So by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, every member of the Edible family has a long list of things for which he or she is thankful. Here are eight items on that list this year.

1. Wine and Cheese


“I am always thankful for an artisanal cheese and soppressata plate from C’est Cheese in Port Jeff and a bottle of small production, handcrafted wine from Down The Rabbit Hole Wine Boutique in Sayville.” — Denine Anderson-Regan

2. Polish Delicacies

“I am thankful for the Polish Kielbasa with horseradish and the cheese blintzes from the Polish Wisla Delicacy in Riverhead.” — Daniele Anderson

3. Our Local Chefs

“I am thankful for all the wonderful chefs I have met, and all the delicous food I have tried for my column Kerriann Eats. I am especially grateful for Chef James Ahern’s amazing foie gras at Verde in Deer Park. His recipe changes with the seasons, and each one I have tried is fantastic. A gifted chef. Definitely worth the trip.” — Kerriann Flanagan Brosky

4. Pizza, Tuna Melts, and Chicken & Waffles (Oh My!)

“I’m thankful for small business-owners like Frank Palermo of Claws in West Sayville and Chris Stiansen from Doughology that quietly and generously give back to the community and make me feel really great about what I do. There are some people that I interview who fill me with a sense of purpose and give me something to believe in—hope that good people will still prevail for a brighter tomorrow.

I’m also thankful for the Sicilian Special and the Grandma Pizza from Gio’s on Carleton in East Islip, the tuna melt from Claws, and chicken and waffles from Morning Rose Cafe. I went intending on partaking of their sick Benedict menu and instead, had my socks knocked off by thyme-seasoned, perfectly fried chicken and big, perfect waffles.” — Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone

5. Lattes

“I am thankful for the delicious variety of lattes at Massapequa Perk. They are simply delicious and always a great treat!” — Merrie Ober

6. Tate’s Chocolate Chip Pie (And Supportive Spouses)

“I have so much to be thankful for this year, like my husband who shares my passions in life (including our mutual love of food) and my five-year-old son who grows more funny every day (he takes after me). When thinking in terms of local shops, there are just so many reasons to be grateful for Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton — like the beauty of the building — reminiscent of a Jane Austen novel and how superb their baked goods are. About twice a year, we indulge in the Tate’s Chocolate Chip Pie, a decadent masterpiece that marries their fudgy walnut brownie with their signature chocolate chip cookies. I like to heat it up and fully experience the dense, buttery, delectable madness as the fudge and the crust melt and drip in every bite. The best part is that Tate’s will ship these pies, so I like send them as special gifts for family and friends for the holidays.” — Carri Horner

7. Clam Chowder and Lunch Buffets

“We’re thankful for the New England clam chowder at Old Fields in Greenlawn and the lunch buffet at Saaz Southampton.” — Kevin Breslawski & Alicia Valeo

8. Mexican Food

“One disclaimer before I begin: I love Mexican food so much that my fiancé proposed to me in the parking lot outside one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Farmingdale. So, yes, of course I’m thankful for Mexican food. This year, however, I’m especially thankful for the Smoke-Out Burrito at East Coast Burrito Co. in East Setauket, the churros that come at the end of every meal at Besito in Huntington and Roslyn, and the salsa at Del Fuego in Saint James and Patchogue. It’s perfect—just like the guy I like to share it with.” – Meghan Harlow


What are you thankful for this year? Let us know in the comments!