Raindrop’s Cafe Where Native American Cuisine Meets The Community

For the ones on the lookout for a quick bite or a chunk of comfort meals, a brand new eating choice has opened simply west of Southampton Village. Raindrop’s Café, a farm-to-desk restaurant owned and operated by using individuals of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, celebrated its reliable starting over Memorial Day weekend with raffles, tastings, and a craft market.

But even a month earlier than its official starting, fanatics of Raindrop’s fusion cuisine, which merges traditional Shinnecock fare with current favorites were already settling into the café’s secure confines within the white building placed behind Raindrop’s Quick Stop on Montauk Highway.

Bryan Polite is the owner of the café in addition to the top roaster at Raindrop’s Coffee, which is produced on web site at the rear of the building. Deana Smith serves because of the eating place’s operational supervisor, managing all the the front of house operations. Samantha Sosa is the culinary professional in the kitchen and it’s there that she whips up small bites in conjunction with soups, stews, sandwiches and salads, a lot of that are fused with the flavorings and sorts of conventional Native American fare—a menu reflective of the food that all three of them grew up with on the reservation.

“It’s fusion,” Ms. Smith explained throughout a recent go to to the café. “I used my grandmother’s recipes. She passed away years in the past and lived on Heady Creek. She could make clam pie; we might cross and get the clams ourselves and peel potatoes. We preserve it traditional and have brought our very own recipes.”

Among the specific services on the menu is a venison Philly cheese steak, inspired through the reality that Ms. Smith as soon as lived within the City of Brotherly Love.

“It’s marinated venison with onions, mushrooms, and cheese,” she said.

Other offerings at Raindrop’s encompass omelets, French toast, sandwiches, Native nachos (frybread topped with venison, turkey, red meat or vegetarian chili, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and bitter cream), succotash, samp (a corn-based totally Native dish), seafood chowder, burgers (turkey or pork) and a “three Sisters Carving Board” offering grilled squash, green beans and corn chips with corn and bean hummus. The café may also serve Shinnecock-raised oysters in season.

“This has been years in the making,” said Mr. Polite, who involves the café commercial enterprise after having worked as a police officer for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in Connecticut and attending regulation school for a yr.

“I became making plans to go back to highschool, then I got into horticulture and the science behind coffee roasting,” explained Mr. Polite, who makes use of the identical roaster that has been in his circle of relatives for the reason that mid-1990s. “I fell in love with getting my hands in the earth and looking at the expression of people after they revel in the result of your hard work.”

In addition to generating the espresso, that’s packaged and bought at Raindrop’s Café, Mr. Polite has also operated a natural farm at the back of the constructing. While creating regionally sourced, excessive high-quality dishes is the number one attention at the brand new restaurant; he notes that Raindrop’s Café is ultimately about making connections with the community.

“I desired to create an area where people can experience suitable food and terrific conversation. That’s what the espresso is about, and I see it as a subculture of the region,” delivered Mr. Polite, who learned the espresso business from his mom, Dianne Vieira. “We want this vicinity to be an educational platform for the outdoor community.”

To that stop, Raindrop’s Café has already grown to be some thing of a network and cultural hub. In April, the eating place became the site of a “Game of Thrones” very last episode party. In early June, Raindrop’s hosted a meet and greet breakfast event with individuals of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee and candidates jogging for neighborhood office.

In the months in advance, an outdoor craft honest and other occasions will take vicinity frequently behind the café. So prevent by using and spot what’s cooking!

“We’re excited and positive, and for this summer,” stated Ms. Smith.

Raindrop’s Café is located at 40 Montauk Highway in Shinnecock Hills and is housed inside the white building behind the Raindrop’s Quick Stop comfort keep. Summer hours are 6 a.M. To four p.M. For more information on the upcoming occasion