Where to Eat Wednesday: Se-Port Deli, East Setauket, Long Island

Locals know best. Locals know where to get the best bang-for-your-buck, and boy oh boy when you’re on Long Island, I sure hope you know a local. Anywhere that isn’t the Hamptons/Montauk doesn’t really get a lot of attention on Long Island (at least in my experience.) So, from local to tourist, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite deli’s of all time: Se-Port Deli.

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In high school, status symbols were pretty much life. But as a senior, your biggest status symbol (besides having a car – regardless of what kind it was so long as you could carry 4 or more people,) was what you were able to get for lunch in the 42 minutes you had to run out and grab something from the outside world. If you were spotted carrying the infamous Se-Port Iced Tea cup, you were golden.

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Make no mistake: These sandwiches are serious business. The “gateway” sandwich is typically the Boone (at least in my circle of friends it was, and definetely got me hooked) with your standard chicken cutlet, bacon, american cheese and russian dressing, you pretty much can’t go wrong. Pictured here is “The Gasm” which is chicken cutlet, mozzarella cheese, bacon, russian dressing (my fiance gets his with no ‘slaw) on a garlic hero. My favorite though, is named after my high school: The Ward Melville

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Turkey, American Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese (I get mine no bacon, I know I know, I’m watching my curvy-figure) and Honey Mustard on a glorious hero. Even typing this I’m missing that sandwich.

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Se-Port is also that kind of place like I imagine “Cheers” would be like in real life. Every single time you go, you’re practically guaranteed to see someone you know in some form or another. A friend’s ex girlfriend twice removed, an acquaintance from that part-time job you had last summer, a particular teacher you used to share the same break period with that would smoke in his car instead of talk to anyone (really happened) or someone you have been meaning to keep in touch with and just never bothered. Seport is just that kind of place.

So, if you know someone who goes to Stony Brook University, or someone that lives in the Setauket/Stony Brook/Port Jefferson area, fast until 1pm and go to Se-Port deli, then take in the local scenery.

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Just get your sandwich on.

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