Dining Guide: Founders Tavern

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO Founders Tavern owners Eric and Sue Russell, right rear and front, with bartender Susie Smith (far left), server Julie Mazzaferro (second from left), and chef Justin Evans (rear). Also shown are the Russell children, Katie and Steven.

Owners: Eric and Susan Russell

Year established: 2006

Location: 55500 Main Road, Southold

Phone: 631-765-3100

Attire: Casual

Hours: Open 7 days, noon to 11 p.m. year round


Husband and wife Eric and Sue Russell opened Founders Tavern in 2006, with over 35 years of restaurant experience, mostly on the North Fork.

The casual English pub-style restaurant serves “local products to local people,” the couple said. “You’ll always see someone you know at Founders!”

The Grill Room offers a cozy atmosphere with a fireplace, and the eclectic American menu has “something for everyone,” from bar snacks and lighter fare to sandwiches, salads and full entrées. Everything is prepared with a seasonal emphasis using local products.

Starters include Irish Stout mussels, marinated filet mignon tips, Asian sesame wings and specialty salads. Diners can “build their own burger,” made with fresh beef ground daily, or enjoy entrées such as rosemary and roast garlic ribeye steak, jalapeño shrimp cakes, lobster fettucine or ancho-rubbed swordfish. A children’s menu is also available.

Finish with a specialty coffee and a house-made dessert, like crème brûlée or Founders’ peanut butter chocolate torte.

In the Tap Room, customers will find a full bar with an extensive selection of American craft beers, including locally brewed favorites. There’s live music on Saturday nights, and happy hour specials are available Monday to Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m., and Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.

“It’s a great place to begin or end an evening,” said Eric and Sue.

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