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Cook’s Scratch Takes The Pancake 

Josh Cook gets a hand from his dad, Ronald, at Cook’s Scratch Kitchen in Northport.

The definition of “scratch” is all over the menu at Cook’s Scratch Kitchen, now in its fifth month serving up breakfast and lunch in Northport near Fort Salonga. Another word should be, too – “local.”

Dave and Josh Cook’s creation puts an extra emphasis on getting locally sourced savories in your order – smooth, rich coffee from the Hampton Coffee Company, a variety of teas from Northport’s Clipper Ship Tea Company, produce from local farmer’s markets and bread from the famous Tom Cat Bakery are just some of the delights you’ll find.

The pancakes ($8) are especially fluffy thanks to the use of sour cream, which not only makes them soft and airy, but also gives them a little extra grown-up tanginess. Paired with perfectly balanced maple syrup-butter fusion that combines the two common pancake dressings in one convenient and decadent package, you’re good to go.

We’re also pleased to report that The Ham ($6) loved the attention at our table. It’s the classic hearty breakfast sandwich, but kicked up a notch thanks to super-fresh ingredients like delicious country ham, fresh, locally sourced scrambled eggs folded high, gruyere cheese, crunchy arugula and dijonaise that gets caught in the nooks and crannies of a homemade English muffin. It’s the local eggs that add that special something to The Ham and any egg dish you’ll get here. Having all of your sandwich meats roasted, smoked and cured in-house can’t hurt, either.

If you’re in a lunching mood, check out what they like to call the “Dueling Reubens” (each $10.50). There’s The Traditionalist, boasting thick-cut, juicy corned beef, homemade kraut and melted Swiss, pressed on Rye and topped with “Strong Island” dressing (homemade Thousand Island). Even the fussiest Reuben aficionado will have to take pause and give note to a stellar take on a classic.

Then, consider one of the few hipsters that you won’t want to kick out of a chair at your table. The Hipster puts a smokier spin on the classic by pairing house-cured smoky pork, gruyere cheese, their local brewery stout mustard and fennel kraut on grilled sourdough. Really, you can’t go wrong with either, and after wracking our brains for a bit, we called it a delightful draw. Heck, get both and take home the leftovers. We won’t tell.

If you’re on the run and on a budget, go with a lunch box. For $9, choose soup, a half-sandwich or a half-fresh market salad. We didn’t check out any of the salads, but trust us – we’ll be back, and we will. That is, if the doughnut muffins don’t get to us first.

Cook’s Scratch Kitchen
1014 Fort Salonga Road, Northport
631-651-5480
www.cookskitchenny.com

Atmosphere – Homey country, with modern accents
Cuisine – Breakfast and lunch, local and fresh
Price – Moderate
Hours – 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon-Fri
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat-Sun

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