Nutritionists say it’s the most important meal of the day and Shelter Island offers plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a classic sit-down breakfast, a lazy brunch or a grab-and-go, here are some great options when you’re on the Rock.
For a hearty sit-down breakfast, it’s hard to beat the Islander. This family-style eatery specializes in comfort food and is the closest thing Shelter Island has to a real diner. Open at 7 a.m. year round every day, their breakfast menu offers everything from regular eggs to omelettes, pancakes and french toast. There are also breakfast burritos and eggs benedict, plus the obligatory side order of home fries. Prices range from $4.75 for a breakfast sandwich to $11.95 for Irish eggs benedict with corn beef hash. If you’re short on time, everything on the menu is available for take-out. 63 North Ferry Road, (631) 749-1998.
This authentic Mexican restaurant offers breakfast staples like pancakes and french toast. Popular morning dishes include their breakfast burritos and the Mexican house special with two eggs, refried beans, plantains, chorizo and cheese for $10.50. Breakfast is served all day with indoor and outdoor seating. The eatery opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 9 a.m. Sundays and Mondays. 55 North Ferry Road. (631) 749-5450.
For quick and casual dining, this café offers breakfast with a European twist. Open every morning at 7 a.m., this authentic French bakery serves fresh pastries, baguettes and croissants all baked on-premises. A toasted bagel with cream cheese costs $2.75 and an organic egg sandwich is $2.50. More expensive fare, like scrambled eggs with tomato and spinach goat cheese, or a frittata with brussell sprouts and scallions, will run you about $10. Try their French-pressed espresso or organic raw juice bar. Seating is available indoors, with smaller tables out front. Plus, there’s seating with a view on the back marina deck. 184 North Ferry Road, (631) 749-0003.
The lunch counter inside the Shelter Island Pharmacy serves a great, old-fashioned, diner-style breakfast. This is a no-frills kind of place where you order your breakfast from the wall menu. Specials like two eggs and toast for $3.35 are this establishment’s mainstay. Other dishes include french toast, bagels and muffins. Sides like bacon, home fries, rolls and cheese can be added for another $1 or $2. The most expensive dish on the menu is their thick french toast with sausage links for $7.50. Egg sandwiches are also available and breakfast is served all day. The pharmacy opens every day at 8:30 a.m. Just remember this popular place fills up fast and closes at 2:30 p.m. 19 Grand Avenue, Shelter Island Heights (631) 749-0445
The kitchen opens at 7 a.m. at this family-owned restaurant that serves everything from croissants to huevos rancheros. All muffins, scones and pastries are baked on-premises and only organic coffee is served. Breakfast includes many favorites, like eggs benedict, omelets, pancakes and french toast. Lighter choices include cereal, granola and yogurt. Breakfast burrittos cost $6.99, while the huevos rancheros is $9.99. There is a self-serve coffee counter and breakfast is served all day; sSeating is available indoors and out. 17 Grand Avenue, Shelter Island Heights, (631) 749-5345
For a quick breakfast on the go, stop by the Eagle Deli. They open every morning at 6:30 a.m. and make tasty egg sandwiches to order. Umbrella-covered picnic tables are available out front.25 West Neck Road, (631) 749-5363
For a great cup of coffee, check out The Chequit’s new White Hill Café. This all-day coffee shop offers organic coffee as well as baked treats to accompany it. 23 Grand Avenue, Shelter Island Heights. (631) 749-0018