WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- No vacation plans this month? No worries. You can still get a taste of summer with the many entrees offered at a host of Westchester eateries.
We've listed a sampling ... beach not included.
Shrimp and Grits, Alvin & Friends, New Rochelle: Get a true taste of the South with well-seasoned shrimp and authentic stone-ground grits shipped to the restaurant from Mississippi. Pair with Alvin's famous rum punch for a true "vacation" state of mind. Taste Summer: 49 Lawton St., (914) 654-6549, www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com /.
Baja Fish Taco, bartaco, Port Chester : The setting may be overlooking the Byram River steps away from the Port Chester Costco, but the vibe is that of a casual Mexican taqueria. Taste Summer: 1 Willett Ave., (914) 937-8226, www.bartaco.com/ .
Lobster Roll, Cafe of Love, Mount Kisco: Fresh-steamed Maine lobster with tarragon-saffron aioli, brunoise of cucumber, sweet tomatoes, and corn give this gem of a sandwich the taste of the Cape (minus the traffic). Taste Summer: 38 E. Main St.., (914) 242-1002, www.cafeofloveny.com/ .
Maine Lobster, Dolphin Restaurant, Yonkers: Succulent Maine lobster is served either broiled or crab stuffed. The restaurant is also well known for its full raw bar. Taste Summer: 1 Van Der Donck St., (914) 751-8170, www.dolphinrbl.com/ .
Fried Clams, Leno’s Clam Bar, New Rochelle: Nothing feels more like summer than eating clams at a roadside shack. Pair with a bucket of steamers for a true treat. Taste Summer: 755 Pelham Rd., (914) 636-5503, $9).
Summer Squash Soup, Sweetgrass Café, Tarrytown: Sweetgrass prides itself on its relationship with local farms; the soup is just one example of its many plucked-from-the-garden delights. Taste Summer: 24 Main St., Tarrytown, (914) 631-0000, www.sweetgrassgrill.com/ .
Fisherman's Platter, Seaside Johnny's, Rye: This laid-back summer institution has a Jimmy Buffet vibe with its festive outdoor patio, oversized cocktails and heaping platters of seafood. The Fisherman is filled with fried clam strips, fried calamari, scallops, shrimp, and filet of sole. Just as fun, sister eatery Pier Restaurant & Tiki Bar with its extensive water views. Taste Summer: 94 Dearborn Ave., (914)-921-6104.
Oysters, Ocean House, Croton-on-Hudson: Pair with a frosty brew and you’ll swear you’ll hear the beach calling your name. Taste Summer: 49 N. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. (914) 271-0702, www.oceanhouseoysterbar.com/ .
The Mediterraneo, Red Hat On The River, Irvington: Let your stressors melt away as you dine amidst a gorgeous waterfront view. This sandwich (ideal with the summer corn salad) is made with Atlantic tuna, olive tapanade, pancetta bacon, and arugula, giving you a true flavor of the Mediterranean. Taste Summer: 1 Bridge St., (914) 591-5888, www.redhatontheriver.com/.
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