Focus On: The St. James Dining Scene

Focus On: The St. James Dining Scene

St. James is our favorite dining destination on the island for one reason; it’s a small hamlet located in the Town of Smithtown, but in its tiny footprint lays a veritable treasure trove of amazing restaurants in every price range. This is worth a day trip to experience the variety of cuisines as well as the talented chefs that are carving their way through Suffolk. We’ve hit up a few of our favorites to show our readers what lies in waiting for you once you make the trip out.

BLT Exterior

Across from the train station, BLT Cafe stands for “breakfast, lunch and takeout” and can be a quick stop before your departure to the city or on the weekend with the family. The small and cheap spot is heavy on the eggs, omelettes, pancakes and other breakfast favorites that will start your day off right. It may be a smaller establishment with a few tables and counter seats, but the regulars will tell you there is no other place that they would rather go.

BLT Interior

BLT Chef

BLT Omelette

BLT Pancakes

BLT Cafe
521 Lake Avenue
St. James, NY 11780

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Pizza By The Slice (Or Sit Down For Entrees)

Patio Exterior

For those in the area, there’s no other pizza joint like Patio Pizza. They don’t just have pizza at this reasonably priced favorite; they’ve got soups, heroes, pasta dishes, entrees and more. What’s great about this lunch spot is that you can go as cheap as a slice or you can spend more and get an entire meal. There should be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Patio Counter

Patio Interior Dining Room

Patio Pizza 1

Patio Pizza 2

Caligiuri’s Patio Pizza
262 Lake Avenue
St. James, NY 11780

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The Talented Chef With A Culinary Masterpiece

Kitchen A Trattoria Exterior

What Eric Lamondo has done so well at sister-restaurant Kitchen A Bistro, a French-Mediterranean superstar, also in St. James, he’s managed to do at Kitchen A Trattoria. This italian eatery has picked up a lot of the habits of its sister-restaurant; utilizing fresh ingredients (seafood is the shining star here), high-caliber technique and loving care for the experience of the diner. If you want to go beyond the regular dinner menu, which changes frequently, you can have a Five Course Tasting menu for $50, which will give you a wonderful sampling of all that the trattoria has to offer.

Kitchen A Trattoria Interior

Kitchen A Trattoria Pasta

Kitchen A Trattoria Pork Belly

Kitchen A Trattoria Salmon

Kitchen A Trattoria
532 N. Country Rd.
St. James, NY 11780

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The Tex-Mex Party

Del Fuego Exterior

Del Fuego is a relative newcomer to the scene in St. James but their owners aren’t new to the restaurant world. Also operating Ruvo East and Rivo West (as well as La Tavola) in Suffolk County, they’re working their magic here at Del Fuego. Tex-Mex with an emphasis on Tequila (they have over 50 varieties at the bar) this is the spot to hit after work or on the weekend when you have a babysitter – and a designated driver. We’re fans of the guacamole and chips as well as their Surf and Turf burritos – served Fajita style. This is one lively restaurant that excels in both food and drinks.

Del Fuego Interior

Del Fuego Bar

Del Fuego Margarita

Del Fuego Guac and Chips

Del Fuego Ribs

Del Fuego Rice and Beans

Del FuegoSurf and Turf

Del Fuego
429 North Country Road
Saint James NY 11780

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