Places to Eat in East Hampton: Fresno’s

By grace.g.yang ยท July 17, 2009
Under: Cheap Eats,Desserts,Dinner,Montauk,My Life,Prix-fixe,Travels

After our day long bike ride to Montauk Point, we headed to Fresno’s for a bite to eat. East Hampton has a ton of restaurants that have early bird specials (pre-fixe for less than $30 at most of the restaurants we researched). Fresno’s also has the deal, but we arrived a little late, so to get the deal, we had to eat at the bar (which was just fine with us!):


The calamari looked absolutely amazing (even though I usually don’t order calamari that often when I go to restaurants) so I ordered that as my appetizer):


The calamari sauce was absolutely AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING (AMAZING ^ 3) – it tasted EXACTLY like the calamari sauce I used to have at Mad Mex in Pittsburgh! The sauce was a tomato base with some sour cream and spices (I don’t know which ones) but seriously, it was creamy, fresh, and absolutely amazing.

Josh ordered the candied walnut and apple salad:


The salad was extremely sweet and we didn’t even really taste any apples (the candied walnuts kind of ruined the salad). We were both kind of disappointed.

For my main course, I ordered the pork chop with quinoa:


The pork had a cherry glaze that tasted very tart and delicious. The quinoa was a good choice to pair with the pork chop since it was a tad heavy and I really enjoyed my dish. Josh liked the pork chop as well.

Josh’s main course was the salmon with tapenade and couscous:


The salmon was done well (cooked medium rare) but the sauces that accompanied the salmon were pretty strange; the orange sauce tasted like orange juice that was warmed up, the tapenade did not go with the salmon at all, and when I ate them together, there was this weird taste in my mouth. The salmon on its own was delicious, but with the tapenade and orange juice, it was pretty disastrous.

The pre-fixe also comes with dessert, so I ordered the key lime tart:


The key lime was a little too mushy for both of us (and too tart) so we didn’t eat all of it. However, we did devour Josh’s dessert, the chocolate molten cake with gelato:


The cinnamon gelato and chocolate cake were really decadent, but somehow, Josh and I managed to eat all of it without exploding. I suppose we were both pretty hungry from our bike ride (seriously, who knew biking six miles was going to be so difficult?! I mean, David literally biked from Manhattan to Montauk a couple of weeks back and seemed fine afterwards…Josh and I couldn’t even bike up a hill without getting off our bikes and walking half the time!!)

I enjoyed my portion of the tasting menu, but Josh wasn’t that impressed with his choices (especially the strange salmon that had so many different tastes). I would return just for the calamari alone! I recommend you eat at the bar – that way, you can go whenever you’d like and still take advantage of the awesome pre-fixe menu deal.

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