Ross Cummings says he is stunned by how popular his restaurant's "kids-eat-free" promotion is. "Parents love this stuff," says the manager of the Riverhead Ground Round, where a child gets a free meal with each adult entree. "Mom and Dad and two kids come in, and the kids eat free. That's why they come here. I'm shocked by how great the turnout is."

Call it "meal-deal appeal." Here are nine restaurants offering kids-eat-free promotions; some limitations apply.

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LAGUNA GRILLE

Woodbury Village Shopping Center, 7927 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, 516-682-8000, lagunagrille.com

THE DEAL: Up to two children per table ages 10 or younger order free from the children's menu with at least one adult meal purchase. Valid anytime.

BEN'S DELI

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59 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-742-3354.; 140 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale, 516-621-3340; 7971 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, 516-496-4236, bensdeli.net

THE DEAL: During the months of February and October, one child 12 years old or younger eats free from the children's menu for every adult entree, sandwich or salad purchased.

CHEEBURGER CHEEBURGER

Fairway Shopping Center, 12 Manetto Hill Mall, Plainview, 516-939-2237

THE DEAL: One child eats free from the children's menu for every adult entree purchased, 5:30 p.m. to closing on Monday nights. The Cheeburger Cheeburger in Farmingdale doesn't participate.

GROUND ROUND

1077 Old Country Rd., Riverhead, 631-591-2933, groundround.com

THE DEAL: One child age 12 or younger eats free from the children's menu with every adult meal purchased, all day, every day. The Brookhaven Ground Round doesn't participate, and the Levittown Ground Round is temporarily closed for renovations.

IHOP

Fourteen locations on Long Island: Babylon, Bay Shore, Commack, Hauppauge, Hicksville, Huntington Station, Lake Grove, Lindenhurst, Manhasset, Massapequa Park, Oceanside, Valley Stream, West Hempstead and Williston Park, ihop.com

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THE DEAL: Check with your local Ihop to see how and if they participate. Huntington Station, for instance, offers one kids meal for each adult meal purchased after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Commack offers the freebie on Monday and Wednesday evenings. "They're all different here on Long Island," says Commack manager Ellen McEnaney.

J & R STEAKHOUSE

Six locations on Long Island: Calverton, Islip, Medford, Patchogue, Rocky Point and Stony Brook

THE DEAL: With every adult dinner priced $8.99 or higher, a child age 10 or younger eats free from the kids' menu. Valid all day Sunday through Thursday, says Kevin Hutten, host at the Rocky Point venue.

LA VILLINI ITALIAN RESTAURANT

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288 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, 631-261-6344, la-villini.com

THE DEAL: One child any age orders from the children's menu free with each adult purchase. Daily except Saturdays.

MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL

Five locations on Long Island: East Meadow, Garden City, Greenvale, Oceanside and Woodbury, 877-663-7411, moesnewyork.com

THE DEAL: One child 12 and younger eats free from the children's menu with each adult purchase from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays.

BROOK HOUSE RESTAURANT & ICE CREAM PARLOR

123 Main St., Stony Brook, 631-751-4617

THE DEAL: One child ages 11 or younger eats free with each adult entree of $8.95 or older every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 5 p.m. to closing.

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