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The countdown continues at Big Daddy's: 157 days till Mardi Gras.
But this spirited Cajun-Creole-barbecue spot always is poised to celebrate and give you a taste of New Orleans.
The menu changes daily but the quality doesn't. You'll be happy to find husky andouille sausage-and-smoked pork gumbo as well as brown-sauced crawfish étouffée; fired-up jambalaya and broiled oysters under a horseradish-and-Gruyere crust; and any combination of pulled pork, barbecued brisket and baby back ribs.
Big Daddy's is a colorful mainstay, from the floor tiles to the plates celebrating the movies of Elvis Presley, an LSU banner to one for the Saints. It's full-flavored fun.
Big Daddy's, 1 Park Lane, Massapequa; 516-799-8877.
Mardi Gras, 2012 edition, at Big Daddy's.