The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
On this fogbound day, what could be more appropriate than a hearty bowl of pea soup? With a forecast of plummeting temperatures, you might want to eat some now and take home a quart or two for later.
Here are three places offering split-pea soup:
At this restored vintage diner, owner Annie Mandler serves up a thick pea soup made with a long-simmered ham bone and laced with shreds of ham. (cup, $3.99; bowl, $5.99; to go pint, $7.98 and quart, $11.98).
Unlike some delis that offer split pea soup only on certain days, this popular Long Beach spot serves its hearty vegetarian brew daily ($2.75 bowl; $3.75 pint, $7.50 quart).
SOUVLAKI PALACE, 57 Commack Rd, Commack, 631-858-1482
I have a big pot on the fire right now, said Peter Mantalvanos, chef co-owner of this little Greek restaurant. He adds that his slow-cooked soup is vegetarian and thickened with potatoes. ($3.50 cup, $4.75 bowl; $8 quart).
You might want to also note that Thyme in Roslyn, Ben's Kosher Delicatessen in Woodbury, Carle Place and Greenvale and Sweet Hollow Diner in Melville all offer respectable versions but not on Mondays.