garlic bites

a different kind of partnership

Summary: In which Will is a first-semester med student, Nico owns a restaurant (and a motorcycle), and they somehow manage to make it work.

(A small epilogue to Kitchen Nightmares for @bailci)

Will thought that the worst words in the English language were probably, “Hey, Solace, want to learn how to drive a motorcycle?”

Did Will want to learn how to drive a motorcycle?


No, Will did not want to learn how to drive a motorcycle.

Will wanted to bury himself in blankets, marathon children’s TV shows on Netflix, and maybe kiss the smirk of Nico di Angelo’s stupid, pretty face.

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Howard’s Cafe, Patchogue, NY

Some friends and I took a trip out to Long Island this weekend for a brewery/winery tour. While we planned out where we would be drinking, we left our eating options to chance. Along the way, we found a number of little local gems, like Howard’s Cafe in Patchogue…

Located in a strip mall near Blue Point Brewing Co., Howard’s is a quaint cafe with a long burger list, house special sandwiches, and a few seafood and pasta options. I went with one of those house specials, Howard’s roast pork sandwich…

Served on garlic bread with melted mozzarella and au jus, I picked a winner!

The sesame hero roll was freshly-baked, flaky on the outside and fluffy on the inside, the juicy pork had been lightly fried to crisp it up just a bit, and the garlic made each bite pop.

And here’s the other thing about Howard’s, every single one of their burgers, sandwiches and entrees come with a bowl of salad, a side of your choice (I got the house made steak fries) and a pitcher of Bud or Bud Light or carafe of house wine! And they kept refilling our pitchers!!

All this for just thirteen bucks!

No wonder this place was packed!!


Sunwave Shopping Center

404 S Service Rd.

Patchogue, NY 11772


I swear I’m going to be one of those parents that feeds their kid strictly organic foods while I’m in the kitchen secretly eating bagel bites and garlic bread.