Named for a seedy 1870s boardinghouse, Rowdy Hall is a low-key place to grab a bite before seeing a movie at the nearby East Hampton cinema. It’s a favorite of celebrity parents like Uma Thurman and Steven Spielberg, who come for the juicy burgers and New Orleans bread pudding.
Three generations of Hamptonites have been weaned on the pizza at La Parmigiana (48 Hampton Rd., Southampton; 631-283-8030). The ceramic-filled, old-fashioned pizzeria is packed with noisy, large parties during the summer, but in the off-season, there’s rarely a wait and service is warm and welcoming.
The most popular family breakfast joint in the Hamptons, the Fairway Restaurant at Poxabogue, also has the most unlikely location: inside the clubhouse of a nine-hole golf course. Sit on the outdoor patio and watch the action on the driving range while you munch on classic tuna melts, salads, and breakfast specials like sliced steak and eggs with home fries.
A Southampton institution for more than 30 years, the Fudge Company (66 Jobs Ln.; 631-287-5436; and 27 Main St.; 631-204-9211) is every child’s Willy Wonka dream come true, offering 13 flavors of fudge, 20 varieties of ice cream, and over 400 different types of candy. Don’t miss the moose-tracks ice cream topped with homemade caramel pecan or chocolate-cheesecake hot fudge.