New North Fork Restaurant Review.
Ellen’s on Front
Opened over the summer by Jennie and Andrew Wertz in the former Salamander location, 38 Front Street, Greenport.
Well, we had this date to meet up with friends this past Thursday evening. We had planned to try a new restaurant that we had heard good things about that had opened over the summer, Ellen’s on Front. It was POURING rain, kind of chilly and nasty, and I had just broken my nose—really—on Monday, but I felt much better and I had these sunglasses I never get to wear that I used to cover up my raccoon eyes… so off we went.
It was a fun dinner, and the food was very good! Here is what we tried.
For appetizers we shared ramp and lobster hush puppies with green goddess sauce, great; Korean fried duck wings, two of the three of those sharing this liked it a lot; Chinese long beans, super—we all loved this dish; and a pea leaves and crispy quinoa salad, delicious!
Then three of us shared the sweet tea brined whole fried chicken, and our fourth diner had the fish n’ chips. The fried chicken was good, and the fish n’ chips which was light and crispy was raved about. It came with a mushy pea side that was quickly devoured. We all jumped in to help out with the fries, which were excellent.
While there is a dessert menu, we were quite full, so didn’t sample, but we will be sure to leave room next time. And although we stuck to local wine and ale this visit, we saw that there is also an interesting cocktail menu. Duly noted for our next dinner there.
All in all, we agreed that the food was delicious and “homey” and Ellen’s felt like a comfortable neighborhood restaurant that we will happily add to our North Fork dining choices. It’s a casual, chairs and tables kind of place, with one long built-in banquette along the west wall. The service was very good, friendly and knowledgeable, and our waitress, as well as the waitress she was training, was able to provide guidance regarding the dishes we were choosing.
I definitely recommend Ellen’s on Front for casual, delicious, yet unpretentious dining. I look forward to going back again. Maybe next week!