5 Things You Need to Eat at Jones Beach This Summer

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Find me at Jones Beach, Edible Long Island readers—summer has arrived and Jones Beach makes a day at the beach easy: miles of sandy shoreline to spread out your towel, waves to cool off in and restaurants dishing up delicious local food and drink from salmon burgers to chocolate chip cookies to wine in a can. Here’s where to eat and what to order at the park’s most exciting spots as well as a few places on the way to and from the beach to grab some food.

Where to Grab a Bite at Jones Beach

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Over the past few years, Centerplate has made a push to source more and more ingredients from New York producers and we’re happy to see that trend continue this year at the Central Mall home to a newly refurbished bar and restored Jones Beach Boardwalk Café.

“The newly reimagined Boardwalk Café menu includes an array of fresh seafood items and a mix of iconic Long Island products. Centerplate looks forward to welcoming Long Island beachgoers all summer long,” said Wayne Duprey, Centerplate General Manager at Jones Beach State Park.

A Cold Glass of Something Local

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Whether it’s wine, beer or an ice coffeed you seek to satisfy your thirst Jones Beach has you covered with made for a beach picnic cans of Bridge Lane Wine, beers from Blue Point and Montauk Brewing and coffee from Yonkers-based Double Barrel Coffee Roasters.

We All Scream For Ice Cream

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What’s a day at the beach without ice cream? Find Mr. Softee Soft Serve Ice Cream supply the ice cream and soft-serve shakes at West Bath House, Central Mal and Field 6.

Sometimes You Just Need a Burger

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And when you do, make it a salmon burger from the Jones Beach Boardwalk Café. Not into seafood? You’ll also find pressed paninis and additional sandwiches on the menu. Pair them with North Fork Potato Chips.

A Side of Childhood Nostalgia 

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There’s something about digging my toes in the sand while munching on fries that will always put a smile on my face. It reminds me of beach days spent with grandma. Looking for something more substantial? Put those fries on the side of chicken tenders or fried clam strips or as the chips part of fish and chips. 

Where to Pick Up Food Before or After the Beach

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Lobster Shack: It’s not really summer until you’ve eaten your weight in lobster rolls. At Seaford’s Lobster Shack you can order a hot or a cold one. While the menu is seafood centric there are also a few options for the landlubbers in your party including a highly recommended beet salad.

Left Coast Kitchen + Cocktails: Raise your hand if you’re one of those people that finds the perfect spot to lay out their towel and then realizes you’re starving. (Guilty). The solution? stop in to Left Coast Kitchen + Cocktails on your way to the beach for berry pancakes and a mimosa. 

Bobby Flay’s Burger Place: Want a burger and fries without the lines at the beach? On your way home stop into Bobby’s Flay’s Burger Place in the Smithtown Mall.

SALT: Not ready to say goodbye to the water views? After the beach settle into a seat with a view of the East Bay at SALT.  You can’t go wrong with clams oreganata flatbread, fish tacos or chicken and waffles.