When the Marikovics family decided to follow their dream of opening a restaurant, they chose Oneonta for a launch site.
Humphrey’s Gourmet To Go, located at 437 Main St., has a menu of interesting choices. The chef uses fresh and local produce to create dishes that are unique. Some of the side dishes include Brussels sprouts baked in olive oil and garlic, and a BLT salad — made with pasta, bacon, tomato and arugula.
The family moved to Oneonta from Long Island where Roni Marikovics was a chef at Whole Foods preparing gourmet takeout dishes.
“We moved up here three years ago,” said Don Marikovics, Roni Marikovics’ husband. “Roni is a perfectionist in the kitchen. She is always experimenting with flavors. She uses white truffle oil for a subtle flavor — it is costly, but it is the flavor she is looking for and nothing else will do.”
Roni Marikovics describes her technique as layering the flavors.
“I have been a chef for 10 years,” said Roni Marikovics. “I thought, when the kids go to college, we should open a restaurant somewhere. We wanted to be more in the country and look for local produce to use. We make all of our food fresh here every day and we use as much local produce as we can find.”
The family found a building that had been an Indian food restaurant. It needed work. The building came with a windowed, greenhouse-style front that trapped heat in the summer. The owners recently added a roof over that portion of the building, to offer some shade.
“We had to do a lot of work on the building,” said Don Marikovics. “The overhang out front makes such a difference. It is much cooler in here now. We have plans to do more as we get established.”