Saturday, June 9, 2012

Flo's Famous Luncheonette, Blue Point, Long Island, NY

Here I am enjoying a Flo's Fizzle.  It reminds Susan and Rob of what they used to call a creamsicle.  Actually, it's just vanilla ice cream mixed in with orange soda.  Absolutely delicious and perfect for a hot day in the summer.

You can get it, along with other great menu items at Flo's Famous Luncheonette in Blue Point, Long Island, NY.  Rob and Susan stopped off there yesterday and enjoyed their fried scallop wrap with a side of waffle fries. They were surprised at how much food there was.  The wrap was overstuffed with wonderful juicy scallops.  There were so many waffle fries, they were brimming over of the small cardboard holder.  And for desert, we had one of the best egg creams that we ever tasted.

Flo's Famous began in as a seafood barge located in Bay Shore which was sold and moved in 1926 to its present location in Blue Point on Middle Road.   

Flo Kimball would open up her stand every season beginning in early May and shut it down in late September. She would open for lunch and would stay open until the early morning hours so that she could accommodate the late comers from the theatre. 

Flo ran the white frame building until her death in 1950 and a former employee, Betty Edmonds took over.  Since that time, Flo's has gone through several owners and is currently run by the Vigliotta family with Connor Vigliotta as its manager. 

When Rob and Susan drove up yesterday, they had no idea the place existed, it was always closed down. Even so,  many Long Islanders have fond memories of the place.  What actually attracted us was the crowd of people sitting and enjoying their meals at long picnic style tables with colorful tablecloths and umbrellas.  It is by far the best bang for the buck so to speak, with overstuffed sandwiches, wraps, burgers and even lobster rolls, all at reasonable prices.  Flo's slogan was "Meet and Eat", a slogan which still stands today.  Flo would be proud to see that the tradition she started 80 years ago has lived up to her standards.  

So if you're in the area, stop by Flo's Famous during the summer months.   You won't be disappointed.

Here is a link to their website below.  There is some extended history from their placemat in pdf format and a copy of their most recent menu, also in pdf format.  There are plenty of pictures old and new in their gallery for you to enjoy.