Whether stuck in rush hour traffic on the Long Island Expressway or making the long haul from Montauk to Malverne, it’s easy to work up on appetite while driving on the Island.
Adding to those hunger pangs is a cornucopia of amusingly delicious-sounding street names found in neighborhoods across Nassau and Suffolk counties, such as the multiple Candy Lanes that conjure up mental images of roads paved with sweets.
So next time your stomach starts rumbling while cruising down Hungry Harbor Road, set your GPS for one of these mouthwatering LI roads named for foods.
43. Chestnut Street
The most abundant road named for a food on Long Island is the snack-inducing Chestnut Street. We found more than 50, including those in Port Jefferson, Shirley, Woodbury, Cedarhurst, Mineola and Old Westbury.
42. Walnut Street
Driving motorists nuts for nuts are plenty of streets named for walnuts, too. We found over 40 of them, including Walnut Streets in Massapequa, Coram, Kings Park, Greenvale, East Norwich, Uniondale and Manhasset.
41. Cherry Street
By far the most plentiful fruit street on the Island is cherry, with about as many of those as there are Walnut Streets, with Cherry Streets found in Calverton, Selden, Wyandanch, Port Jefferson Station, Oceanside, Lattingtown, Valley Stream, Inwood, Carle Place, Bayville, Hempstead and Bellerose. East Quogue and Sag Harbor bucked the trend with Wild Cherry Lane.
40. Apple Street
As for tree fruits, streets aplenty on the Island are named for them. There are a half dozen Apple Streets, including those in Southampton, Oyster Bay and East Meadow.
39. Peach Drive
We got a hankering for peach cobbler just thinking about Peach Drive in Roslyn and Peach Street in Bethpage and Wading River.
38. Orange Street
Some folks prefer citrus fruits, in which case they can drive over to Orange Street in Bellmore or Stony Brook.
37. Lime Avenue
Considering how delicious it is, it was surprising that the only Lime Avenue is in Brookhaven.
36. Strawberry Lane
Judging by the local festivals celebrating this fruit, Long Island loves strawberries, which may explain Strawberry Lanes in Levittown, Roslyn Heights, Brookhaven and on Shelter Island. Fort Salonga also has a Strawberry Knoll Court.
35. Cranberry Street
Hungry for some craisins? Not surprising if you just drove by Cranberry Street in Islip, Cranberry Drive in Mastic Beach, Cranberry Lane in Plainview or Cranberry Hole Road in East Hampton.
34. Blueberry Lane
Even more popular than strawberries and cranberries are blueberries. We found Blueberry Lanes in East Hampton, Patchogue, Hicksville, Stony Brook, Oyster Bay, on Shelter Island and a Blueberry Court in East Quogue.
33. Pear Street
Fruit lovers partial to pears can take a bite out of Pear Court in St. James and Pear Street in Brentwood or Pear Road in Dix Hills.
32. Plum Street
Prefer plums? Drive on down to Plum Place in Islip, Plum Lane in East Meadow and Westbury or Plum Island Lane in Orient.
31. Grape Lane
Surprisingly, the only grape-related road on LI isn’t on the North Fork in wine country. Grape Lane is in Hicksville.
30. Blackberry Lane
The blacktop matches the color of the berry it’s named for at Blackberry Lane in Huntington and Center Moriches.
29. Berry Town
Riverhead has a bunch of berry-related streets. Blackberry, Strawberry and Blueberry Commons are in the same condo complex and across town is Cranberry Street.
28. Fruit Town
The fruity street capital of Long Island is Central Islip, which has a whole neighborhood named for fruits. There’s Apple Street, Apricot Street, Banana Street, Cocoanut Street, Cherry Street, Orange Street, Cranberry Street, Lemon Street, Peach Street, Pear Street, West Plum Street and Fig Street, with most all next to one another. Nom, nom, nom!
27. Fig Drive
Speak of figs, another local street named for these tasty fruits is Fig Drive in Dix Hills.
26. Bread and Cheese Hollow Road
Arguably the most delicious-sound snack street on the Island is Bread and Cheese Hollow Road in Northport.
25. Olive Street
And what goes better with bread and cheese than olives? There are lots, with Olive Street in Central Islip, Huntington Station, West Sayville and Great Neck, Olive Court in Bethpage and Rockville Centre, Olive Lane in Shirley, Olive Drive in Lynbrook and East Olive Street in Long Beach.
24. Lobster Way
This being an island, much of the main course food streets are seafood. So who could be blamed for wanting a lobster roll after rolling down Lobster Way in Asharoken?
23. Tuna Walk
Since there are virtually no cars in the residential section of Fire Island, odds are you wouldn’t drive to this one. Still, strolling down Tuna Walk in Fire Island Pines may similarly inspire thoughts of eating tuna salad, tuna steak or spicy tuna rolls.
22. Crab Avenue
Mmmm, nothing like driving down Crab Avenue in Lynbrook or Crab Creek Road on Shelter Island on your way to get crabs for dinner.
21. Lamb Place
Sorry, red meat lovers, we didn’t find a local Beef Street. But can we interest you in a delicious Lamb Place in Dix Hills?
20. Quahog Lane
Saddling up to shuck some shellfish at one of Long Island’s many clam bars would not be unheard of after passing through Quahog Lane in Cold Spring Harbor.
19. Chicken Valley Road
Who wouldn’t want buffalo wings after driving from Old Brookville to Matinecock on Chicken Valley Road?
18. Fish Street
What’s the catch of the day? Ask the residents of Fish Street in Alberton.
17. Bacon Street
Don’t worry, pork fans, LI’s street namers didn’t forget you. Get your fill on Bacon Lane in Babylon and Bacon Road in Old Westbury or St. James.
16. Rice Drive
Riceroni may be the San Francisco treat, but some on LI may like a side of rice with their meal after a ride on Rice Drive in Farmingville, Rice Circle in Garden City, Rice Street in Plainview and Rice Lane in Smithtown.
15. South Potato Barn Road
Even vegetarians would get hungry at the thought of mass quantities of spuds inspired by South Potato Barn Road in Water Mill.
14. Turnip Hill Street
Despite the many farms on Long Island, the only other veggie-named local road making tummies rumble is also a root vegetable: Turnip Hill Street in Northport.
13. Pumpkin Road
Bet you can’t wait for the return of pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie after a trip down Pumpkin Road in St. James and Pumpkin Street in East Northport.
12. Pudding Lane
Speaking of desert, chocolate, rice and tapioca puddings come to mind after passing through Pudding Lane in Dix Hills or Pudding Hill Lane in East Hampton.
11. Gingerbread Road
Just try not thinking about biting the heads off of gingerbread cookies after driving on Gingerbread Road in Kings Park or Gingerbread Lane in East Hampton.
10. Muffin Meadows Road
The muffin man of nursery rhyme fame should probably relocate from Drury Lane to Muffins Meadow Road in St. James, and give us some muffins while he’s at it.
Many a sweet tooth has surely been triggered by a trip to this neighborhood in Commack, where the streets are named for confections. They include Candy Lane, which is a block over from Marshmallow Drive. Both intersect with Caramel Road and Peppermint Road.
8. Candy Lane
Commack isn’t the only LI town sending junk food junkies running to the candy store. Candy Lanes are also found in Great Neck, Syosset, Roslyn Heights and Huntington Station.
7. Apple Cider Lane
Local streets aren’t just making people hungry, they’re also working up thirsts that need quenching, like on Apple Cider Lane in Center Moriches, the only local street we found named for a non-alcoholic beverage.
6. Riesling Court
Surprisingly, this street named for a popular white wine and sending oenophiles popping corks isn’t on the North Fork Wine Trail. Riesling Court is in Commack.
5. Chardonnay Drive
This street may make visitors want some white wine, but they should not take its name as permission to drive after sipping chardonnay on Chardonnay Drive in East Quogue or Coram.
4. Sherry Street
Sorry, red wine fans, we only found thirst-inspiring local streets named for white wines, including Sherry Street in East Islip and Sherry Avenue in Wantagh.
3. Brandy Road
Don’t know about you, but we’ll take a snifter after stopping by Brandy Road in Cold Spring Harbor.
2. Gin Lane
Located on the oceanfront in The Hamptons, we’re going to go out on a limb and guess that plenty of gin has been drunk on Gin Lane in Southampton.
1. Whiskey Road
No better adult beverage to indulge in than whiskey after driving the twists and turns on Whiskey Road running from Coram to Brookhaven.