Food for Thought
by Linda Viertel –
Sweet and Savory
As of January 2020, Mix on Main in Dobbs Ferry will be known as Sweet and Savory (visit: www.sweetandsavory.cafe). And, with the restaurant’s new name, owner/chefs Samantha and Steve Lopez will be serving breakfast- back by popular demand. Their mission will still be the same: a balance between healthy food choices and dessert. In fact, with their new name comes a new line of home baked goods: custom cakes, cookies and holiday/birthday celebration favorites.
The hand-written sign on their wall defines the manner in which they prepare everything at Sweet and Savory: “Fast food isn’t good, and good food isn’t fast.” So, for breakfast, customers can choose from a list of hearty selections: whole-wheat pancakes, French toast, eggs any way, turkey bacon, home fries and oatmeal – all made to order. Of course, there will be the smoothies, fruit bowls and fresh juices that customers of Mix on Main have come to rely on as well. Samantha Lopez will also be providing her home-baked Danishes, muffins, and scones for breakfast all day – or as long as they last.
When mixing your own salads, customers choose from 5 bases (spring mix, kale, spinach, romaine, or arugula), but then you can add up to 4 toppings, from a selection of 23 items, not to mention another 26 specialty items! Proteins can be added as well, such as grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon, steak or mushrooms, tofu or avocado. Needless to say, there is a plethora of salad dressing choices too.
There are multiple wraps, panini and vegetarian burgers to choose from as well as protein bowls and a cauliflower crust pizza with three veggie topping choices. Burritos and three-cheese quesadillas come with various fresh accompaniments. And, “zoodle bowls” (fresh zucchini noodles sautéed in your choice of garlic and olive oil or nut-free pesto) come with a selection of three salad toppings, meatballs or chicken parmesan.
Mix On Main was known for its fulsome 20 oz. smoothies and fresh juices; you can even mix your own with 4-6 choices from 17 ingredients. Fresh fruit bowls are made with organic pitaya (dragonfruit) or acai layered with granola and coconut flakes. “Sweet and Savory” is clearly still committed to offering customers good health in the new year.
If You Go
Sweet and Savory
63 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry
Hours: M-Sat 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Order ahead online for pick-up, curbside and delivery: ordr.us/sns
Metro North rivertown train stations are fast becoming dining and take-out destinations: fun and convenient places for drinks while sitting at the bar and watching sports events, picking up coffee and baked goods, or dining out along the river. And Hudson Social in Dobbs Ferry’s renovated train station is no exception. General manager and owner Matt Kay (formerly of Dobbs Ferry’s Cedar Street Grill) and his partner, Ron diRusso, opened Hudson Social on August 4th; it’s been a go-to local favorite ever since.
Hudson Social is an American bistro serving seasonal food, craft cocktails, bottled and draft beer selections, and with an “approachable plus reasonable wine list,” said Kay. The restaurant fills the cozy brick-walled Dobbs Ferry station with a warm interior: wood tables, chairs and high-tops, with comfortable chairs surrounding a coffee table: all provide the perfect spot to sit with friends over drinks and dinner after a long day’s work in New York City. Or conversely, stop in starting at 5 a.m. to pick up coffee, espresso, cappuccino, juice, a butter scone, pain au chocolate or croissant before heading into the city. Breakfast is served from 6-11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Grabbing an egg and cheese or bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, oatmeal or a yogurt parfait at your local train station has to be a great way to start any work day.
Appetizers for lunch or dinner run the gamut from quesadillas (with spinach, roast mushrooms, gruyere and chicken) to hummus, burrata, pretzel bites, shisito peppers, chicken wings and more – all fun items for table sharing. Salads are fresh and plentiful. And “mains” give both carnivores and vegetarians ample choices: the social burger can be made with Pat La Freida beef topped with sharp cheddar, pickles, Social’s special sauce, applewood smoked bacon and roasted mushrooms, or sub in a veggie burger if desired. Roasted spaghetti squash comes with braised kale, garlic confit, mushroom and parmesan. Herbed roasted chicken breast, truffled grilled cheese, Atlantic salmon and grilled steak sandwich or a grilled chicken club complete your American bistro selections. Kids will also enjoy Hudson Social, where they can choose one of their favorites from their own menu.
Weekly specials at Hudson Social include: happy hour Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the bar; Monday nights – half off bottles of wine; Tuesday nights – social burgers plus draft beer specially priced; Wednesday nights – live music 7-10 p.m.
Hudson Social is available for customized parties or events; Kay and his staff will host a gathering for any occasion. He spends much of his time in the kitchen as well as managing his venue, enjoying the experience immensely. “I have always loved this space,” he said, and now he has made it his own.
If You Go
11 Station Plaza, Dobbs Ferry
Hours: M-F 5 a.m.-8 p.m.
(Winter Hours – Lunch & Dinner):
M-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sat 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
Sat & Sun Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p. m.
Order online/reservations: hudsonsocial.com