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The White Whale's lobster bake includes mussels and (Credit: Nicole Horton)

The White Whale's lobster bake includes mussels and baked clams. (July 14, 2013)

South Shore restaurants, rebuilt after Sandy

Take a walk through Long Island's South Shore towns and you may have a hard time believing that, a mere eight months ago, superstorm Sandy set tables and refrigerators floating down streets, ripped out sections of buildings and submerged entire kitchens and dining rooms. It took superhuman strength -- of spirit and body -- to navigate the insurance maze, renovate and rebuild. Although many restaurants never made that comeback, a surprisingly large number have. --JOAN REMINICK, joan.reminick@newsday.com

Wildfish is a waterfront restaurant in Freeport right
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Wildfish is a waterfront restaurant in Freeport right on the town's canal. (June 19, 2013)

SWINGBELLYS BEACHSIDE BBQ, Long Beach: Reopening in May
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SWINGBELLYS BEACHSIDE BBQ, Long Beach: Reopening in May following massive renovations, this barbecue spot is back to slow-smoking ribs, brisket, chicken and pulled pork. What used to be a platform dining area is gone; now, everything is on a single level -- the bar on one side, tables on the other. Sidewalk seating is another option.

A waitress serves a table heaping plates of
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A waitress serves a table heaping plates of barbecue at Swingbellys Beachside BBQ in Long Beach. (June 18, 2013)

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A half rack of baby back ribs is
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A half rack of baby back ribs is served with chipotle honey sauce at Swingbellys Beachside BBQ in Long Beach. (June 18, 2013)

Pickle chips are served at Swingbellys Beachside BBQ
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Pickle chips are served at Swingbellys Beachside BBQ in Long Beach. (June 18, 2013)

THE WHITE WHALE, Seaford: Back from the storm
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THE WHITE WHALE, Seaford: Back from the storm is this waterview spot whose menu is dominated by seafood. But there’s a big section devoted to German specialties, too, giving the restaurant a distinctive niche. Broiled scallops, crab-stuffed sole and the fried platter arerivaled by sauerbraten, pot roast with red cabbage, and wursts.

The White Whale's lobster bake includes mussels and
(Credit: Nicole Horton)

The White Whale's lobster bake includes mussels and baked clams. (July 14, 2013)

SPEAKEASY, Long Beach: This casual bar and grill
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SPEAKEASY, Long Beach: This casual bar and grill with outdoor seating reopened in late December. On the menu: avocado fries, fish tacos and barbecue pork sliders. And surf-and-turf mac and cheese.

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Speakeasy is a casual bar and grill in
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Speakeasy is a casual bar and grill in Long Beach. (June 16, 2013)

Julia Lenigon serves an order of fish tacos
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Julia Lenigon serves an order of fish tacos at Speakeasy in Long Beach. (June 16, 2013)

BEACH HOUSE, Long Beach: One of the first
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BEACH HOUSE, Long Beach: One of the first of the West End restaurants to open, this casual sports bar offers such choices as a blackened chicken tidbit sandwich, burger or fish and chips. Sidewalk dining, too.

The Beach House in Long Beach offers dining
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The Beach House in Long Beach offers dining inside and out. (June 21, 2013)

JETTY BAR & GRILL, Long Beach: The new
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JETTY BAR & GRILL, Long Beach: The new incarnation of Bahia reopened in May with a beachy new interior featuring a communal table fashioned of reclaimed boardwalk wood and rails. Chef Israel Hernandez continues to offer a small plates menu that includes fish tacos, a Cuban sandwich and pulled pork corn cakes (arepas). 

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Jetty Bar & Grill, the new incarnation of
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Jetty Bar & Grill, the new incarnation of Bahia, reopened in May with a beachy new interior. (June 16, 2013)

Jetty Bar & Grill in Long Beach includes
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Jetty Bar & Grill in Long Beach includes a large bar area. (June 16, 2013)

Mojitos at Jetty Bar & Grill in Long
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Mojitos at Jetty Bar & Grill in Long Beach include, from left, berry, regular and watermelon-jalapeno. (June 16, 2013)

SUTTON PLACE, Long Beach: It took about eight
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SUTTON PLACE, Long Beach: It took about eight weeks for this New American Bar & Grill to make a comeback. Chef Matt Serra offers such dishes as tuna satay, crab-crusted filet mignon and burgers.

The dining room at Sutton Place in Long
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The dining room at Sutton Place in Long Beach. (June 16, 2013)

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Tuna satay at Sutton Place in Long Beach.
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Tuna satay at Sutton Place in Long Beach. (June 16, 2013)

WHALE'S TALE, Long Beach: In May, this beachy-casual
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WHALE'S TALE, Long Beach: In May, this beachy-casual space became fully operational following renovations. On the American seafood grill menu are such choices as fish tacos, a shrimp po'boy and, on Thursdays, a $10 lobster special. Sidewalk seating options. 

The beachy-casual Whale's Tale in Long Beach has
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The beachy-casual Whale's Tale in Long Beach has a bar and indoor and outdoor seating. (June 16, 2013)

The beachy-casual Whale's Tale in Long Beach has
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The beachy-casual Whale's Tale in Long Beach has a bar and indoor and outdoor seating. (June 16, 2013).

MINNESOTA'S, Long Beach: Its interior fully remodeled, this
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MINNESOTA'S, Long Beach: Its interior fully remodeled, this New American spot reopened in March with such dishes as crabcakes, seafood fra diavolo and a surf and turf burger.

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Outdoor seating at Minnesota's in Long Beach. (June
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Outdoor seating at Minnesota's in Long Beach. (June 21, 2013)

Minnesota's in Long Beach sports a fully remodeled
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Minnesota's in Long Beach sports a fully remodeled interior. (June 21, 2013)

FISHERMAN'S CATCH, Point Lookout: Rebuilt in parts and
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FISHERMAN'S CATCH, Point Lookout: Rebuilt in parts and fully remodeled and landscaped, this scenic waterside seafood favorite returned in April. On chef Way Main Soo-Hoo's menu: crispy fish tacos, kung pao shrimp and squid, tuna sashimi, herb-crusted swordfish and blackened sea scallops. Lobster, too. Outdoor option at lunch only.

Fisherman's Catch in Point Lookout has a large
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Fisherman's Catch in Point Lookout has a large dining room, as well as a bar and an outdoor deck, overlooking the bay. (June 16, 2013)

Crowds pack Fisherman's Catch, a bay-side restaurant in
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Crowds pack Fisherman's Catch, a bay-side restaurant in Point Lookout. (June 16, 2013)

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POINT LOOKOUT CLAM BAR, Point Lookout: Under the
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POINT LOOKOUT CLAM BAR, Point Lookout: Under the same ownership as Fisherman's Catch, this casual clam bar-fish market relaunched with a new sushi bar, which operates Wednesday to Sunday. Order at the counter and sit inside or out. Menu options: lobster bisque or clam chowder, local littleneck clams, a lobster roll and grilled local calamari, flounder, monkfish or scallops.

Point Lookout Clam Bar offers seating inside as
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Point Lookout Clam Bar offers seating inside as well as on the deck next to the water. (June 16, 2013)

Point Lookout Clam Bar offers seating inside as
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Point Lookout Clam Bar offers seating inside as well as on the deck next to the water. (June 16, 2013)

Clams on the half shell are served simply
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Clams on the half shell are served simply at Point Lookout Clam Bar. (June 16, 2013)

ARTIE'S SOUTH SHORE, Island Park: It took six
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ARTIE'S SOUTH SHORE, Island Park: It took six weeks for owner Artie Hoerning to reopen his fish market and restaurant. Although the place may not have changed in appearance, all its cooking equipment had to be replaced. Hoerning often catches the fish that's served. Options include first-rate Ipswich clams, swordfish, lobster rolls and house-made fries. Some outdoor seating.

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Artie's South Shore owner Artie Hoerning often catches
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Artie's South Shore owner Artie Hoerning often catches the fish that's served. (June 21, 2013)

Artie's South Shore owner Artie Hoerning often catches
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Artie's South Shore owner Artie Hoerning often catches the fish that's served at the Island Park restaurant. (June 21, 2013)

Lawson Pub in Oceanside.
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Lawson Pub in Oceanside.

Chef-owner Joseph Bonacore and his team had Lawson's
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Chef-owner Joseph Bonacore and his team had Lawson's Pub in Oceanside up and running about a month after Sandy hit. (June 21, 2013)

WILDFISH, Freeport: Chef and co-owner Brad Rubano unveils
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WILDFISH, Freeport: Chef and co-owner Brad Rubano unveils a new menu and specials for its March 2014 opening weekend. Wildfish has Indoor or outdoor seating overlooking boats in the marina.

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Wildfish in Freeport offers indoor and outdoor seating
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Wildfish in Freeport offers indoor and outdoor seating overlooking boats in the marina. (June 19, 2013)

Wildfish chef and co-owner Brad Rubano got his
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Wildfish chef and co-owner Brad Rubano got his seafood restaurant up and running in March, after replacing furnishings, flooring and the electrical system. (June 19, 2013)

Citrus-soy tuna is served at Wildfish Restaurant in
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Citrus-soy tuna is served at Wildfish Restaurant in Freeport. (June 19, 2013)

PARKSIDE CAFE, Seaford: Perched above the canals of
(Credit: Gaby Chiha)

PARKSIDE CAFE, Seaford: Perched above the canals of Seaford, this New American restaurant reopened in April following extensive renovations. On the menu are kung pao calamari, tuna tartare, Cajun-spiced jumbo diver sea scallops and paella.

Perched above the canals of Seaford, Parkside Cafe
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Perched above the canals of Seaford, Parkside Cafe reopened in April following extensive renovations. (June 20, 2013)

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The Parkside Cafe in Seaford serves a New
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The Parkside Cafe in Seaford serves a New American menu. (June 20, 2013)

CRABBY AMY'S, Seaford: Amy Breidenbach reopened her counter-service
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CRABBY AMY'S, Seaford: Amy Breidenbach reopened her counter-service marina cafe in mid-May. You'll find only outdoor seating and three squares a day -- omelets, wraps, mussels, clams and lobsters.

New outdoor seating at Crabby Amy's in Seaford.
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New outdoor seating at Crabby Amy's in Seaford. (June 20, 2013)

The lobster roll at Crabby Amy's. (June 20,
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The lobster roll at Crabby Amy's. (June 20, 2013)

A customer orders the combo basket at Crabby
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A customer orders the combo basket at Crabby Amy's in Seaford. (June 20, 2013)

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PIER 44, Babylon: Fully redecorated and re-equipped, this
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PIER 44, Babylon: Fully redecorated and re-equipped, this waterside seafood restaurant reopened in early May. On the menu: roasted oysters, rare grilled yellowfin tuna, broiled or steamed lobster tail.

Pier 44 is a waterside seafood restaurant in
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Pier 44 is a waterside seafood restaurant in Babylon. (June 20, 2013)

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