Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in everything, gluten free grubbing | 0 comments

I usually don’t travel through Long Island unless I am making my way out to the Hamptons or Fire Island.

However when I do, I try to find some decent restaurants to eat at so that I don’t succumb to one of the many chain restaurants.

I came across Jewel in Melville and was pretty impressed by the appearance and thus decided to check it out for lunch

For an appetizer, my friend got the crab cakes:

Crab Cake w/ corn relish & popcorn cream: Not your traditional crab cake. It was not gluten-free so I did not try it.

I did get the crab appetizer specialΒ (glutenfree) which was crab & avocadoΒ drizzled with mango sauce (not pictured). I was not a fan of it at all. The crab was more like a crab salad, loaded with mayo. I actually felt sick eating it.

For our entrees, my friend ordered the Octopus with olives, capers, red onion,Β  red grapes, potato & merlot vinaigrette (glutenfree) [not pictured]. I tried a bite, which turned into several bites. The flavor was unique and tasty – not like anything I have had before.

I’m pretty sure I ate all of his meal versus my own, which was:

Scallop special w/ summer vegetables and balsamic drizzle (glutenfree): The presentation was beautiful, but it didn’t match up with the taste. The scallops were way under cooked (again – prompting an ill feeling after eating it). I ate one before I finished off the salad and sent the dish away, scallops uneaten.

When we wrapped up our lunch, I was feeling rather unsatisfied. But by the time we got on the LIE and were in bumper to bumper trafficΒ I remembered – there are worse things about being in Long Island than the food.

[disclaimer: Don't take all my words literally. There are many good places to eat in Long Island, including this one.]

Rating: C+
Pros: Very nice food presentation and gets a notch for unique food accompaniments.
Cons: Still has a few more notches to go until it’s on the top.
Jewel 400 Broad Hollow Rd. Melville, NY 11747, USA

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