A day trip to Shelter Island is an essential part of every Long Island holiday, whether you're staying in the North or South Fork. Hop on the ferry for the beautiful, and incredibly short ride over from Greenport to the Shelter Island Heights, and be prepared to be faced by the most stunning, doll-house dreamy, wood-clad, porch-fronted, white-shuttered houses. After showing maman and papa round the fairytale land that is Champagne row, otherwise known as Dering Harbor, and a stroll round the peaceful, verdant Mashomack Preserve, we retraced our steps to reach Vine Street Café's Food Truck.
Vine Street Café is a fancy seafood restaurant, which last year opened Shelter Island's first food truck. It sits in the lot outside the restaurant, with plenty of seats available round the back, serving up kimchi burgers, crispy clam rolls, shrimp guac dogs, avocado-filled California burgers, and barbecue pork rolls. Maman sillily selected a salad, and we recommend you don't copy her mistake.
The bread the burgers and dogs is served in is made on site every day, and the results are heavenly. Light, fluffy, slightly sweet, shining buns and rolls, stuffed full of local seafood, meat, and fresh, crunchy, zingy vegetables. Between us we devoured a California burger, a shrimp guac dog, and a pulled pork roll, with a salty side off french fries with garlicky aioli. The perfect lunchtime pit stop on a blue skied, sunny day. Add it to your Long Island bucket list.
Vine Street Café Food Truck, 41 S Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964