I Made A Pit Stop On My Way To See The Monkees

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When I travel I like to stop for meals at restaurants that have been featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.   I stopped for dinner recently at The Pit Stop Good Eats – located at 1706 Sunrise HIghway in Merrick, NY.

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I saw Guy Fieri’s show from The Pit Stop (filmed in 2011) – you can see it too, by clicking here and here.  Take a minute and watch these two videos before continuing to read this review so you will know exactly what we were expecting.  After watching this episode, I really wanted to try the Spaghetti Squash or the Cuban Sandwich.

It’s a small restaurant, along the edge of the highway – I mean the edge of the highway – be very careful pulling in and out of this driveway!

When we went inside, it was much smaller than I expected, but it was clean and it was fine.

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There was a map of the United States on one wall and you could put a tack on the location you are from.  It was very interesting to see where all their visitors had come from!  Clever idea.

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You can eat there, but on the night we were there, most of the customers were picking up take-out orders.  If you are eating in the restaurant, you order and pay at the counter, and then sit at a table and wait for your name to be called to come get your own meals.   The prices were reasonable.  I was very excited to try the Spaghetti Squash and the Fireman was going for the Cuban.

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If you watched the videos in the beginning of this post, you will know what we were expecting.  The Spaghetti Squash came with a starter salad.

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It was colorful, but not my kind of salad.  I didn’t really care for it.  The veggies tasted like they had been pickled.  It would have been delicious if they were fresh.

Here come the entrees.  The Spaghetti Squash:

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Seriously, it didn’t even come on a plate.  It was in a take-out container with two big blobs of mozzarella cheese melted on top of it. I kept an open mind and dug in.

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So disappointing.  I really wanted to fall in love with this dish.

We liked the looks of the Cuban sandwich:

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However, it was dry, and just “ok”.

We really wanted to like this place.  We wanted to go home thinking “wow, we can’t wait until we go back to New York so we can have dinner at The Pit Stop”, but the reality is that we haven’t given it a second thought since we left.  Sadly, two Coupongy thumbs down.

 

 

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