Things they are a changing ... Tara's has been a community staple for over 30 years. Not fancy, but you could always expect the best meal or bang for your buck!. We LOVED the Chili!!! We hurried to Port Jefferson around 12:45 because already, and based on lunch time history, we may not only not find seating in the dining room, but have to wait on a long line for lunch. Once inside, we should have noticed the blatant red flag; namely, there were only three tables of customers, and that included ours. We ordered our lunch; my husband fried scallops and myself fried flounder. Both lunches came with french fries, salad, and a choice of soup or chili. We ordered the chili. Enough said that the portions, formerly modest but who cared because the prices were accommodating and the food quality was exceptional, were minuscule, it would not have been an issue if the quality had not been compromised. The chili tasted like it was made with ketchup, and the cocktail sauce was purely ketchup. The scallops were overcooked and over breaded. The flounder was probably frozen because it tasted like breaded and fried cardboard. The dressing (we ordered blue cheese) was awful, as we've had better store bought. The service was excellent; however; unfortunately it's not enough to carry the negatives. Too bad. Very, very disappointing.
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