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Marjorie Robins

Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.

Open in Hicksville: The Headliner Bar & Grill

The Headliner Bar and Grill is a casual

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New to Hicksville is The Headliner Bar & Grill, a place outfitted with a dance floor and high-top tables. You'll find a DJ on the weekend and music from the jukebox during the week.

The place is under the joint ownership of the Yovino family. Chef co-owner Dominic Yovino’s casual bar menu lists such items as breaded shrimp and clam strips in a basket ($8.95), a Buffalo chicken tortizza,...

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Toast and Co. in Huntington launches vegan menu

There's outside seating as well as a new

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Huntington vegans now have a menu all their own at Toast and Co. The breakfast and lunch eatery just signed on vegan chef Kay Capra, who has her own station and equipment in the kitchen. Capra is the daughter of owner Brian Carey.

Many items on her menu are also gluten-free. Choices include a creamy cashew corn chowder with cilantro cashew cream ($7.50), gluten-free waffles topped with fruit...

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My good fortune at Fortune Wheel in Levittown

Peanut wontons (pork wontons in a spicy peanut

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Fortune Wheel has been serving some of Long Island’s best Chinese food since 1993 — in one of Long Island’s least prepossessing locations. When it opened in the Nassau Mall in Levittown, it was sandwiched between Pathmark and Rickel Home Center. Twenty-one years later, those stores have given way to Best Buy and BJ’s Wholesale Club. Fortune Wheel endures.

This is a restaurant favored by Chinese...

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World Cup cocktail hour

Sample Fogo de Chao's caipirinha

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The best way to fill your personal World Cup is with a caipirinha.

This high-octane cocktail is fueling many festivities in Brazil, where it's the equivalent of a national drink.

Essential to the caipirinha is cachaca, a distillate made with fresh pressed sugarcane juice. Good producers include Leblon, Beleza Pura, Sagatiba, Pitu, Ypioca and Pirassununga.

You'll also need a lime,...

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World Cup eats: Celebrate Brazil

Rodizio skewers of chicken, steak and pork are

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The World Cup presents a great opportunity to get out of your dining rut and explore world cuisines. The weekend’s matches have me hankering for spanakopita, steak-and-kidney pie, spaghetti carbonara, teriyaki, fondue and chocolate éclairs.

The tournament’s host country, Brazil, is not well represented among Long Island restaurants, but rodizio, the Great Brazilian tradition of grilled, skewered...

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Strawberry statement at Snowflake in Riverhead

Fresh local strawberries top a sundae at Snowflake

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The reason strawberries exist is pictured above.

This is the strawberry sundae made with fresh strawberries at Snowflake, the ice-cream star in Riverhead. During strawberry season, I skip the whipped cream and the cherry just to indulge in the sweetest, ripest of flavors. You may have yours with Stu Feldschuh's great hard ice cream or his peerless soft-serve. The sundae is an exceedingly well-spent...

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Dori Korean Restaurant in Commack: First bites

A generous banchan (assortment of small plates) precedes

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Dori Korean Restaurant makes its home in the peaked-roof Commack building that’s hosted a long line of Korean predecessors, the most recent being Ko Gu Ryo. This latest occupant also has a few Korean-Chinese dishes on its menu.

Dori's interior is stylishly spare and modernistic. More important, on a recent visit, the food made a positive impression. The meal kicked off with a generous banchan,...

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Open: 1943 Pizza Bar in Greenport

Matt Michel is the owner of 1943 Pizza

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Matt Michel has been an itinerant pizzaiolo since 2008, driving his Rolling in Dough pizza truck (equipped with a wood-burning oven) to events all over Long Island. Now, with the help of a “Mission Main Street” Chase Bank small-business grant of $250,000, he’s set up shop in Greenport.

The new pizzeria is called 1943 Pizza Bar, in honor of Michel’s truck, a fully restored 1943 Harvester K6....

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Tao's Delicacies in Selden: a taste

Chonqing chicken at Tao's Delicacies in Selden, June

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It was with eager anticipation that I headed out to Tao’s Delicacies, a small Chinese restaurant in Selden featuring authentic Beijing, Sichuan and Hunan cooking. The place, which serves only Halal meat, is geared to serving the Stony Brook University community. It's also under the same ownership as the new Tao’s Bakery & Dim Sum in Stony Brook, whose dumplings recently delighted my colleague....

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Long Island restaurants: new reviews

A vegan trio of oyster mushroom "calamari," fried

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Living a vegan lifestyle? Critic Joan Reminick is sending followers this week to 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Farmingdale, where Jay Astafa is featuring dairy-free cheese substitutes and soy-based products instead of meat. Reminick says that a vegan bacon cheeseburger “turns out to be highly satisfying.’’

Tucked into the Fox Hollow inn and catering facility in Woodbury is Volpe, an Italian ristorante...

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