LI restaurants serving savory grilled meats, fish and chicken

The salmon kebab, on a wood skewer, is The salmon kebab, on a wood skewer, is a crowd pleaser at Tasty American Coo Coo in Huntington. Photo Credit: Nicole Horton

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Great grilled meat, fish and chicken often starts by being marinated in a well-spiced mixture. Grilling adds a layer of smokiness.

It's a method of cooking found in many cuisines. Here are four places to find something smoky, juicy and appealing.

SPUNTINO WINE BAR AND ITALIAN TAPAS

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At this new wine bar specializing in Italian small plates, the herb-marinated lamb chops are coated with spices, grilled to delectability. ($15)

The Gallery at Westbury Plaza 1002 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-228-5400

TASTY AMERICAN COO COO

It's worth seeking out this hidden Mediterranean-Middle Eastern eatery (call for directions) for something marinated and grilled. Try the salmon kebabs, which are moist and infused with spice. ($5.75 a skewer; $14.95, platter)

46 Gerard St., Huntington, 631-923-0448

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PHO MAXIA VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

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This Vietnamese newcomer serves up flavor and nuance in its tender grilled pork chop over rice. ($7.25)

817 Carman Ave., Westbury, 516-414-1738

AZAFRAN COLUMBIAN RESTAURANT

The kitchen does well with marinated grilled chicken breast, thin cutlets that come off the grill smoky and surprisingly juicy. ($14.25 platter)

430 N. Country Rd., St. James, 631-686-6506

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