I Now Know Why The Chicken Crossed The Road…

chickensroad

Chicken’s Road, welcome back! Heard they had a mishap with a fire but now they’re back and in business! Which reminded me, I can’t believe I haven’t review this place yet. There aren’t many Latin American restaurants (that I know of anyway) on Long Island, so it’s great to have at least one close to home.
The place itself is small, but there’s definitely enough ample seating if you want to eat-in. I’ve only had take-out (which seems to be the norm there) but the atmosphere is nice! Everything I’ve eaten here so far has been great. They specialize in rotisserie chicken but offer plenty of other food options as well. And their prices are excellent. My usual go-to meal is the 1/4 chicken [breast + wing] which comes with two sides (there’s a lot to choose from) and a drink. All for under $10! The chicken has always been very tender and flavored nicely. As well as, they give you the “green sauce” which you can opt for spicy or mild. The spicy has QUITE the kick.

As for the sides, I mean… everything was great. I love, love, love their Maduros and sometimes will just go there for those alone. But! They also have delicious mac and cheese, arepas and rice/black beans. Also, their Pernil (pulled pork) sandwich is great – I highly recommend it.

For a casual joint, this place serves up some great LA food. The staff has always been incredibly kind and welcoming. Check this place out for sure.

This Place Is My Jam!

PC: Jam Website

PC: Jam Website

Since I really enjoyed their sister restaurants Good Life and The Phoenix (see reviews), I knew I was going to enjoy Jam. They’re all under the same ownership, so I expected their food to have great flavors and with a unique twist. It’s located right along Main St./Park Blvd in Massapequa Park (near Good Life). It has a cute exterior with plants built right into the facade. As for the inside, its country meets modern. They are only open for breakfast and brunch (but doubles as a catering venue in the evening), so get there early to avoid those crowds! Hours are 6am-3pm.

It was decently crowded but we were seated right away. After perusing the menu, I decided on  the Classic Breakfast: 2 Eggs, Choice of Bacon, Home Fries & Toast. I wish they had Turkey Bacon, but oh well. The eggs were fresh (over easy) and the bacon was very crispy. But out of that meal my favorite items were the Home Fries and the homemade bread. *Sigh* that bread. It was super thick and fluffy. Very different from the bland, thin, sometimes burnt toast you get at diners.

breakfast-jam

Their Lemon Tarragon Chicken Salad: Super flavorful. The meat was moist and had a good mayo to chicken ratio. I liked the addition of celery leaves and lettuce to add that extra crunch. And with whole grain mustard aioli and the homemade wheat bread… fantastic.

chicken salad-jam

The waitress explained to us that the dough for their bread is made off-site at Sugar Rush Bakery but they bake it on the premise. I opted for the whole wheat/grain. Delicious. BUT! What made it even MORE delicious was their homemade jam. (If they’re naming themselves Jam, they must have good jam. Obvious choice.) I chose the Blueberry Ginger. It came in the most adorable little cup. I didn’t think it warranted a $2 sticker, but it was worth it and I’d get it again. You could tell it was very fresh. Like picked off the bush fresh. I was tempted to ask them for a jar of it! Seriously.

Throughout our meal, our water glasses and coffee cups remained full. And by the end of our meal, our bellies were too. This cute, quaint little place is a great addition to the village. I will most definitely be back. Those Banana Candied Walnut Pancakes are callin’ my name.

Side note: Their eggs are all hormone/cage/antibiotic free. How’s that for quality?

1025 Park Blvd
Massapequa Park, NY 11762

(516) 797-2000

jamonpark.com

This place is ARTrageous!

Wall-Artrageous   Paint-Artrageous

Two things I love:

1. Art (Pottery)
2. Wine

Pottery+Wine+Friends= my Friday night.

I couldn’t think of a better way to catch up with my friends from home. ARTrageous! is an adorable find in the heart of Rockville Center. It’s a fun alternative to the other sorts of debauchery we find ourselves in while visiting RVC.

Friday is BYOB* night. Call ahead of time (day of is fine) and reserve a table. They want you to come at 6:30pm-9:30pm but if you walk in a bit later that’s fine. They offer a hearty selection of snacks. We had pizza, strawberries, cake, veggies, etc. Don’t be shy about grabbing seconds**… they basically come to your table telling you to take more.

Tables-Artrageous   My Platter-Artrageous

When you walk in, to your left you’ll see an array of different pieces to choose from. Yes, some can get pretty expensive. But the average piece is about $20-$30. A little mug may be like $10 and the giant platter may cost $45. So plan accordingly. Once you pick your piece, bring it to the register where you can pay. They have a wall of paints that you can choose from (hardest decision of my day, no joke) and they display what each of the colors will look like once fired. Very convenient. Grab as many paints/brushes as you like… you can bring them to your table so you don’t have to keep getting up for more.

ARTrageous! played fun, upbeat music throughout the night. I was glad to see that even on a reallyyyy cold day (thanks polar vortex) it was packed. There were people of all ages (above 21 of course) and both men/women. My friends and I brought some Riesling and had a blast. The staff members were so nice and said that if we didn’t finish, we can always take some of the supplies home. And it takes about 2 weeks, (depending on how busy they are) till you can pick up your finished piece. I ended up painting a chip/dip plate (see pic) which was very fun. If you’re looking for a relaxing night out, I’d highly recommend coming here. I can tell people think it’s pretty pricey… but for the amount of supplies, food, atmosphere, space, service and selection of pieces… it’s worth it.

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*People don’t mess around with their drinks. I saw some women with a concoction of jungle juice. They take BYOB very seriously.
**Yes, that person is me.

5 N Village Ave

Rockville Centre, NY 11570

(516) 255-5255

artrageousrvc.com