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Left Coast Kitchen, the Neighborhood Joint Hits the Spot

“Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails is owned and operated by Chris & Heather Randell. They were prompted to create a place of their own when they couldn’t find a fun, local neighborhood joint with personality AND mouth-watering food. When 1810 Merrick Road became available, they couldn’t be more excited. They saw potential at first sight - it had great bones- a tin ceiling, a big bar and just needed a lot of love…and scrubbing.” - www.LCKny.com

Well, the Randell’s scrubbed and gave 1810 some love; Chef Chris whipped up a mouthwatering menu and their fun, neighborhood joint was born.

On a recent Thursday evening, we arrived early, got seated and were given the delicious buttery, seasoned popcorn that almost makes perusing the off-the-charts menu impossible…almost.

After our initial mmms, oohs and ahhs, we decided “To Share” the Crab and Artichoke BLT Dip, with Toast, Chips, Lettuce Cups and Salsa (15).

My companion – a taco aficionado – had to have the Fried Pork Carnitas Taco with Spicy Salsa Verde, Crème and Queso Fresco (11) to start and we were both thrilled she did!

I couldn’t resist the Indian Summer Salad with its layers of Cous Cous, Sunflower Seeds, Sun Dried Fruits, Roasted Butternut Squash, Veggies, Sweet Corn (11).

After a time-out to chat with Chef Chris, who was directing the kitchen, making rounds on the floor and serving his wife and daughter who popped in to grab an early bite, the ENTREES arrived (they were so worthy of all caps!).

The Sautéed Sea Scallops with Wild Mushroom Risotto and Truffle Essence (24)…

AND….after a 12-hour braise, the enormous, delicious “More Long than Short Rib” 12- Hour Braised with Loaded Deep Fried Baked Potato (25).

And here it comes…”Would you care for dessert?” Of course we did! My companion made an excellent selection after waffling between the Homemade Vanilla Orange Bread Pudding, Oreo Brownie Sundae and the XL Molten Lava Cake; she chose the “Deep Fried Junior’s Cheesecake (Like Funnel Cake and Cheesecake Had a Baby!) with Vanilla Gelato, Raspberry Jam and Tons of Powdered Sugar” (8)!

(To note: a neighboring table ordered LCK’s “Tower of Power” for dessert and our suspicions were confirmed: the “Death Defying Stack of Sweets and Baked Goods Featuring NY Cupcakery Cupcakes”, offered for $16, was towering-ly awesome, offering something for everyone.)

Dinner at Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails was so right, we’ll definitely go back (and have you seen their breakfast menu?)!

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