Good day, everyone.
Yesterday morning I went into Mary’s Marvelous in East Hampton for an iced cappuccino, a bacon, cheddar and chive scone, and a lemon, ginger, lime, agave drink.
Let me begin by putting it out there that Mary’s, as it’s known, is a bit on the pricey side, even by Hamptons standards. The iced coffee and delicious scone were within reason, but the lemon-lime drink was $9 which I thought was a bit ridiculous given the ingredients are so inexpensive. There was no fancy bottle or label or any kind of packaging that would up the price in my opinion. I was a bit dismayed to pay this price because I enjoy this drink, but $9? (I heard through the grapevine they had a pie on sale last year for $40!)
Having said that, let me tell you why I keep going back to Mary’s. Simply put, the food is always fresh, homemade, and delicious. One of my favorite items is their breakfast sandwich. Take a look at their breakfast menu. My favorite breakfast sandwich is egg, ham and Swiss on a roll. It’s not a typical roll, it’s a seedless, soft, oblong roll. They cook it on what looks like a panini press to get the outside of the bread crispy and warm the inside so the cheese melts. I’m not exactly sure what kind of magic they use to create this deliciousness, but it’s a must have if you like breakfast sandwiches. They offer organic ingredients, turkey bacon, gluten-free bread, and so many more choices to suit most any palate.
Now, let’s take a look at their lunch menu. What I enjoy about their lunch menu is their choice of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options that are full of flavor. I always lean toward their paninis, but take a good look at the menu before making a decision as each item I’ve ever tried is just as delicious as the next. They also offer mini sandwiches if you care for a little less sandwich, or perhaps want to pair it with one of their soups. You’ll need to go back more than once to try their array of sandwiches of mouth watering combinations.
Mary’s also has freshly made juice and smoothies. Yum! My favorite, that’s not on the menu, is a combination of berries and ice with just a touch of apple juice to lend some sweetness. It’s cold and refreshing. Their green drinks are all described in detail on the board behind the counter and can contain everything from flax seeds to whey protein. You can choose soy milk if you don’t care for cow’s milk. And you can add or take away ingredients to create your own. However, I wouldn’t try that when it’s busy.
Mary’s also serves terrific, homemade baked goods. At the top of my list are the scones. My favorites being the scones that seem to have been left off of their online menu. My two favorites are the bacon, cheddar, chive scone and the gruyère, black pepper scone. Delicate, sometimes more dry than others, but bursting with flavor. I’m big on consistency and the scones aren’t always made exactly like the time before. Yet, oddly, it’s not disappointing. They’re always good. I’m not a huge fan of sweets, but word of mouth is Mary’s assortment of baked goods are tasty and, again, all homemade.
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So, Mary, even though I sometimes find your prices to be high, I’m still a loyal customer because your food shines through each and every time. One small complaint is that service can be on the slow side, even when it’s not busy. And the little East Hampton store fills up quickly. I’ve watched the workers behind the counter to see why I sometimes feel I’m waiting too long. I’ll say this, the staff is obviously trained to be methodical. Everything they take out goes back in it’s place. The milk containers for frothing milk are cleaned before the next drink is made, the espresso machine is wiped down, and it stays clean. So, again, to have to wait a couple extra minutes knowing my food and drink is being served in a clean environment is well worth the wait.
Where they get ya. When you stand in line to pay, you’ll normally be standing by their cold case where they offer beverages, cold soups and salads, and pre-made sandwiches. A quart of soup is $10. A beverage can be close to $10. So, there’s another $20 you’ve spent just by being tempted while you’re standing in line. Good strategic marketing, I suppose.
On parking at the East Hampton store, ugh. There are only three parking spots out front, then several across the road or down the street. This can be challenging in the summer. But overall, you should go. Be prepared to pay a little more than usual, but know it will be worth it!