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Emilyc Oct 15, 2006 07:37 PM

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

  1. Siobhan Oct 16, 2006 03:02 AM

    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....

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      PorkerQue Oct 17, 2006 06:48 PM

      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

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        Matt L Oct 17, 2006 09:26 PM

        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.

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          Scott_R Oct 17, 2006 09:36 PM

          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.

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            alanjwax Oct 26, 2006 05:25 PM

            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.

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              cadireon Oct 26, 2006 05:31 PM

              Laguna Grill is great. My bf used to bartend there. Go for the steak quesadilla and mojitos. Any of the locations are great.

              Laguna Grille
              1610 Old Country Rd, Westbury, NY
              (516) 745-1400

              Laguna Grill LLC - more info »
              7927 Jericho Tpke, Woodbury, NY
              (516) 682-8000 - 3 reviews

              Laguna Grill II
              146 Birch Hill Rd, Locust Valley, NY
              (516) 671-9486

              Lemonleaf's pad thai is so far unrivaled in my opinion (that includes chinatown/flushing/manhattan rest.). Their pineapple rice is tremendously satisfying. Start with the satay (ask for a mix order of beef and chicken).

              Lemonleaf Grill
              536 S Broadway, Hicksville, NY
              (516) 939-2288

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                MKS Oct 27, 2006 01:00 AM

                If you have been to Sripraphai in Woodside and say pad thai or anything at Lemonleaf is unrivaled compared to the food at Sri I would have to disagree. Check out the Outer Borough board. It's painful to eat at Thai places on the Island once you taste the real deal. It's not around the corner but definitely worth the trip if you love Thai food.

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                  cadireon Oct 27, 2006 02:28 PM

                  Hmm...yes, traditionally, I would say Sripraphai in Woodside takes it away. But there's something about Lemonleaf's pad thai that even ctown and flushing can't quite match. Well, it used to be. I do have to say, it wasn't quite the same when I went there three weeks ago after a long time not being there.

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