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The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.

Hot dogs of all ilk (Nathan's, Hebrew National, organic, turkey and vegetarian) are up for grab-and-go at the just-opened Bad Dawgs in Huntington. The first New York branch of a New Hampshire-based operation is strictly takeout  —   unless, of course, you want to lean on a counter and eat standing up.

That's just what I did when I bit into a big messy "Basset Hound"  — an ornate Chicago-style number topped with peppers, white onion, pickle, tomato, celery salt and spicy brown mustard. I chose an organic frank on a whole wheat bun (trying to keep it healthy) and, other than the physical difficulty of getting my mouth around the whole shebang, rather liked it.

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Wish I could say the same for the "litter of puppies," i.e., franks in blankets. The mini-dogs themselves were fine, but the underbaked, oily puff pastry wrappings left much to be desired.

Nothing wrong with the "naked dog," a simple Nathan's wiener with mustard.

Bad Dawgs is at 44 Gerard St., Huntington, 631-923-1201, baddawgsli.com.

Photo of the "Basset hound" at Bad Dawgs in Huntington