Peter's Clam Bar
Peter’s Clam Bar & Seafood Restaurant is Long Island’s oldest clam bar — located in Island Park, New York, — it was opened by Peter in 1940. This summer marks the spot’s 75th anniversary, and they’re celebrating with a new sandwich: the lobster grilled cheese.
The sandwich is made up of a whopping six ounces of lobster meat that’s been lightly tossed in mayonnaise, bacon, and Gruyère cheese, all served on buttery challah Texas toast. The bacon lends a pleasant crunch, as does the Texas toast, and the choice of thickly sliced challah ensures that the whole thing stays in one piece.
Chef Chris Seidl explained that the sandwich is a nod to Peter’s 75th anniversary, as he and owner Butch Yamali “wanted to come up with something that would be pure comfort food, that would remind people of being a kid again and give them a sense of nostalgia. So many of our customers first started coming here as kids and we wanted to give them a sense of that at time in their lives… and the lobster grilled cheese was the result.” So drive on out — or take the LIRR — to Island Park, grab a stool on Peter’s outside patio, and celebrate the restaurant’s 75th birthday with their lobster grilled cheese — this week’s Sandwich of the Week.
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