I committed a huge faux pas while lunching at the Blue Duck Bakery Cafe in Southampton last Thursday. I failed to save room for dessert!
I popped in for a quick lunch and was not disappointed, it was quick and tasty. My husband and I found a hearty selection of sandwiches and quiches. Plus bagels, cakes, pies, breads, cupcakes, cookies, Danish and croissants. Yum.
Manager Doris Jones suggested the Bacon Swiss or Broccoli Cheddar quiche but we felt like sandwiching. I had a Portobello Sandwich, that’s Portobello mushroom slices with onions and parmesan. My husband got a Southampton Veggie – grilled zucchini, Havarti, red pepper and onion. The zucchini was sliced extremely (and judiciously) thinly. I don’t know why we didn’t choose to have our sandwiches “paninied” – but apparently they are delish cold or hot. Of course all the sandwiches are made on Blue Duck’s breads. I quite liked their cereal bread, with its sunflower seeds, flax and oatmeal.
We each ordered one of the soups of the day – my Mulligatawny was the standout. Yum! Its coconut lusciousness was nicely curried. We liked the 10 Vegetable Soup too, we’re just not earnest enough to enjoy such a thing fully. The Blue Duck offers vegetarians many options for lunch.
It was fun to sit and watch officials from Town Hall come in. There was also a stream of clerks from other shops in and out for lunch. It’s a nice mix of people.
Though full, I was tempted to deconstruct an electric blue duck cupcake – I suggested they call these adorable confections “duckcakes.” Instead, my husband and I “deconstructed” a Cherry Short Crust Turnover. It was good. Nice crust, not canned cherry filling…sadly I could not bring myself to finish with a gelato.
The Blue Duck’s Mandy Schellinger started making the special little blue duckcakes a few months ago, she also decorates all of Blue Duck’s full-size cakes. They make cakes for all occasions. The Blue Duck now serves both forks from their Southhold and Southampton locations.
Their breads are also sold at some of our area farmers markets, where they often dominate the field, selling out long before closing. Check ‘em out!
Blue Duck Bakery Café, 30 Hampton Road, Southampton, 631-204-1701 and 56275 Main Road, Southold, 631-629-4123. blueduckbakerycafe.com.
Check out all the best food that the East End has to offer including selections from The Blue Duck Bakery Cafe at Dan’s Taste of Two Forks on July 16. Find ticket information and all the details on danstasteoftwoforks.com.