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I will be staying in Islandia next week and I am looking for recs for good restaurants in the general area. Don't mind a drive to a good spot! Thank you

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  1. This thread on places in Commack includes many favorite Long Island spots that might fit the bill.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    Also, check the thread on BBQ - lots of good info there....

    1. Hi I just went to Glens, on Montauk Hwy, today for breakfast... cool place, great service, and very reasonably priced... Babylon Villiage seems to have many nice restuarants in it... Will have to return there when I spend the night on LI

      1. If you like Thai food, Thai Angel is really good. The address is 1812 Veterans Hwy. in islandia. It's in a rather large shopping center with either a (I can't remember exactly) Target or Wal-Mart, some sort of big-box chain. I think it's the best Thai on Long Island.

        1. I won't go to Glen's Dinette again, after seeing how they manhandle food... literally. Multiple bare hands pressing on breakfast toast and other items.

          1. You will need to drive, since with few exceptions, Islandia, like most of Suffolk is filled with chain eateries and bad Chinese.

            Check out Branchinelli's at 555 Route 111 in Hauppauge for better than average pizza and pasta dishes. Owned, perhaps in the past, I think, by the same folks who own Emilio's in Commack. It's on Route 111 at Townline Rd, about a mile or so north of the Long Island Expressway Exit 56. Also at Exit 56, just south of the LIE, is Cafe LaStrada. Haven't dined there, but they have an extensive wine list.

            if you want to splurge, keep traveling north on Route 111 (it becomes 25A north of Main St. in Smithtown, to Mirabelle in St.James, just past train trestle. Contemporary French with emphasis on local produce.

            Tennesse Jack's BBQ, a rustic place with good que on Carleton Ave in East Islip near the LIRR tracks. From the LIE, take exit 56 south, bear left at the fork onto Wheeler Rd, which becomes Carleton. You will have to cross Southern State Parkway and Sunrise Hwy.