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The Homestead

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


If the answer to the question, “Where do you want to eat today?” is “Someplace Teddy Roosevelt frequented,” then head to The Homestead.

Located a short walk from the Oyster Bay Marine Center and Sagamore Yacht Club, the restaurant has been serving food and drink since 1896. Our 26th president was said to drop in from nearby Sagamore Hill and belly up to the bar. That bar has evolved since TR’s days to include large-screen TVs showing sporting events; modern beverage choices include 21st century brews, and the musical acts that perform frequently at The Homestead (outdoors in summer) don’t play ragtime these days.

Homestead (1)Despite the changes, the restaurant’s comfy feeling has likely remained the same. It’s a relaxing place where the waitstaff chats as if you’re old friends and the menu offers welcome lunch and dinner choices. Comfort food for you might be Maine lobster bisque, a pastrami Reuben, or the “ultimate” nachos, made with freshly fried chips and laden with beef chili, cheese sauce, tomatoes, onions, olives, jalapenos, and sour cream. Don’t just order “a burger” — you’ll need to be more specific at The Homestead, as there are a dozen choices. These include the namesake burger topped with ham, bacon, American cheese, and a fried egg, served on a toasted English muffin; a sriracha-spiced burger with bacon, cheddar, avocado, and caramelized onions; the Bourbon Street burger with Cajun andouille sausage and pepper jack cheese; and a lump crab cake burger with arugula and Dijon horseradish. Be sure to add a towering order of crispy beer-battered onion rings with chipotle mayo dipping sauce.

A thin pizza, prepared four ways, is a tasty option, as are pasta entrées, steaks, and nut-crusted salmon. The menu circles back to comfort food — meatloaf, shepherd’s pie, and chicken schnitzel are there to remind you of meals you may have savored for years.

Vegetarians and vegans have options here — leave out items in the generously portioned and fresh salads, and the grilled portobello burger with roasted peppers and Brie is as satisfying without the cheese.

Delectable desserts include Oreo mousse, cheese, and red velvet cakes, tartufo, and a chocolate cake proclaimed “outrageous.” There are also dishes TR might have ordered, including deep-dish apple pie and peach Melba, a dessert created in France during his presidency.

The Homestead

107 South Street

Oyster Bay




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