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Closed in East Meadow: Fuego Picante

Fuego Picante in East Meadow served barbecue and

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Fuego Picante, a Mexican barbecue restaurant on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, is now closed. Having gone through a recent change in chef and menu, it was the most recent in a series of Singh Hospitality Group-owned dining spots to founder in the same space. Its predecessors were Kansas City Smokehouse, RUB BBQ, Long Fin, BeSi, Ruby's Famous BBQ and Louis & Marxx.

The company's president,...

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Closed in Syosset: Bronx Pizza Company

Bronx Pizza Company in Syosset offered 17 beers

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Syosset has bid addio to Bronx Pizza Company, situated on a stretch of industrial area along Robbins Lane, just off the Long Island Expressway.

The pizzeria-pub opened in 2012 and was owned by the Zilla family, which has culinary roots in the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue. In addition to pizza, it also featured house-baked bread, hand-cut fries and, initially, house-smoked barbecue.

A one-and-a-half...

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East Hampton BBQ spot gets new digs

A combo platter at the newly relocated Smokin'

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Smokin’ Wolf BBQ & More, which opened last year in the former East Hampton digs of Turtle Crossing, has now relocated a couple of doors west.  The place is mainly a takeout offering seating at outdoor picnic tables. Chef-owner Arthur Wolf — who was also the chef for Turtle Crossing — said he's seeking approval for 16 indoor seats as well as a beer and wine license.

The barbecue spot...

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Texas Roadhouse: New BBQ near Deer Park outlets

A new branch of Texas Roadhouse comes to

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Texas Roadhouse is now serving steaks, ribs and chicken within blocks of the Tanger Outlets at the Arches in Deer Park. This makes it the second of a Kentucky-based American cuisine and BBQ chain to open on Long Island; the first was in East Meadow.

The place is known for providing every table with a big bucket of peanuts. A glance at the menu reveals such options as a “cactus blossom” beer-battered...

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Battle of the BBQ Brethren: Call for entries

Teams prepare their chicken entry during the 2011

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Think your barbecue is hot stuff? Prove it at the Battle of the BBQ Brethren. Long Island’s longest-running barbecue competition. Now in its seventh year, the battle is joined over the weekend of Aug. 3 and 4 at The Maples in Manorville.

On Saturday, there will be a grilling competition open to any and all comers. Backyard warriors will have to turn in an appetizer, two “chef’s choices” and...

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Kosher BBQ in Westbury: Call for entries

The Mob, a team from Congregation Ohav Sholom

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The second Long Island Kosher BBQ Championship takes place on Sunday, June 9,  at Temple Beth Torah in Westbury, and the deadline for team entries is April 15. Teams will compete for best brisket, best beef ribs, best chicken (new category), best beans, best booth decoration and most original team name.

Because it’s kosher, the competition, sponsored by Fairway Markets, runs a bit differently...

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Calling all BBQers: WilliePallooza 2013

Racks of ribs were made ready for judging

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Spring doesn’t arrive for another two weeks, but things are already warming up for Long Island’s barbecue community. WilliePallooza, the season’s first big BBQ event, takes place at the Brentwood VFW on April 6 and 7.

WilliePallooza is named for Long Island’s most decorated barbecue champion Will Breakstone.  The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the West Islip Breast Cancer...

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Bay Shore's Smokin' Al's closes amid sewer, bankruptcy woes

Al Horowitz, owner of Smokin' Al's, at his

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You may remember Al Horowitz, owner of Smokin Al's Famous BBQ Joint, for making news last winter with a widely publicized offer to tear up credit card receipts for Super Bowl Sunday orders in the event of a Giants'  win. Faced with a huge response, Horowitz prematurely put a cap on the number of orders taken and, after the Giants' victory,  ended up giving away about $60,000 worth of food.

Now...

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Swingbellys closes in Lynbrook; expects to rebuild in Long Beach

The St. Louis ribs at Swingbellys BBQ (June

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Swingbellys Beachside BBQ has closed its Lynbrook branch.

That doesn't mean you won't be digging into the restaurant's smoky spice-rubbed ribs in the not-so-distant future.

The original Long Beach restaurant, decimated by superstorm Sandy, is working through the insurance maze. An email from restaurant spokesman Sean Sullivan said that the BBQ house is making progress with claims and...

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Biscuits & Barbeque: Smokin' in Mineola once again

Big as a softball and dusted with black

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Biscuits & Barbeque, a casual Louisiana-style restaurant that opened a few months ago, is now back in business, having lost power after Sandy hit. The eatery makes its home in the vintage Mineola railroad car diner whose last occupant was Kiss The Chef. Co-owners Joan Gallo and Tom Sullivan also own the 15-year-old Delta Grill in midtown Manhattan; executive chef Robert Bouyer hails from Louisiana’s...

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