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Magic Taco Corp. in Islip Terrace: First bites

Steamed buns are served with flank steak carne

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

What made my afternoon, recently, was a visit to the new Magic Taco Corp. in Islip Terrace. The little roadside shack is owned by two chefs — Steven Scalesse, profiled in Newsday’s All-Star chef series as chef-owner of Tullulah’s in Bay Shore, and Devin Delgado, who cooked at Tullulah’s with Scalesse for years. The ultracasual place is painted a bright turquoise...

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Ice cream at Bellerose car wash

Ultra Sonic Car Wash in Floral Park is

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Driving down Jericho Turnpike in Bellerose last week, I had a sudden and intense need for a chocolate malted and decided to give Google Maps the chance to help. I keyed in “ice cream” and learned that less than a mile away was a shop selling Hershey’s (a mass-market brand whose chocolate compares very favorably with most of the “homemade” chocolates at local parlors).

I drove by the given...

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Remembering Fred's Diner in Huntington

Walter F. Goehring, the former owner of Fred's

(Credit: Goehring family)

Monday’s news of the passing of Walter Goehring, owner of the former Fred’s Diner in Huntington, struck a chord.

I have many memories of meals at Fred’s, which, back in the day, was a gleaming pink diner, and quite retro in appearance. Although the place was known for its sauerbraten, our family went there mainly for burgers and sandwiches. Our two children, who were toddlers during the...

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Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm at Brewology wine dinner in Speonk

Brewology, Speonk: Lia Fallon, formerly chef at The

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Randall Grahm,  the colorful and creative founder/winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyards, will be the guest at a wine dinner Wednesday at Brewology, the new beer-centric gastropub in Speonk.

The cost of the dinner is $85 per person. Reservations are recommended. Call 631-801-6221. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.

Executive chef Lia Fallon's menu includes ceviche of octopus, shrimp and...

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French fry shakeup at Shake Shack

Shake Shack at The Gallery at Westbury Plaza

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Breaking news from Shake Shack: The well-regarded burger chain will be going back to previously frozen crinkle-cut fries this fall.  This after having converted about half the Shake Shack restaurants (including the Long Island branch in Garden City) to hand-cut fries over the past year.

“We reacted to what we thought we heard,” a posting on the website reads. “But in fact, while listening...

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Reopened in Hauppauge: Jade Garden

Pan-fried pork dumplings at Jade Garden in Hauppauge

(Credit: Jade Garden)

Jade Garden, a Hauppauge standby for Chinese food for at least a quarter century, has reopened after an 8-month hiatus for a major makeover. The restaurant now has a contemporary new look as well as a revised menu. Featured dishes include pan-fried pork dumplings ($6.75), squid with garlic sauce ($17.50), orange flavored chicken ($12.75), moo shu pork ($12.75), General Tso’s chicken ($15.75)...

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Roslyn launches Saturday farmers market

A new farmers market in Roslyn Village will

(Credit: Roslyn Village Farmers Market)

Roslyn Village is inaugurating a Saturday farmers market tomorrow. Find it just east of the post office, at Old Northern Boulevard and East Broadway.

The market was organized by Erik Longabardi, a Long Island native who recently moved back to his hometown from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Vendors will include Bhumi Farms (produce from Amagansett), Nordic Breads (Finnish-style rustic ryes from Long...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Fried oysters are served on the half shell

(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews the updated H2O Seafood & Sushi in Smithtown. “Under chef Wayne Cafariella,” he writes, “it seems fresh and new.” There’s an expanded sushi menu (and renovated sushi bar), but the cooked food, including hazelnut-Parmesan-crusted swordfish and “everything”-crusted tuna shines as well.

Joan Reminick visits Crazy Beans, the new Stony Brook...

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A taste of Pakistan and India in East Meadow

Chicken tikka leg is a forte of Shan-e-Mughlia

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Shan-e-Mughlia, a little strip mall spot that opened earlier this year in East Meadow, spotlights the flavors of Pakistan and India.

I stopped into the simply decorated storefront early on a recent evening. While I enjoyed some of what I ate, the experience was a mixed one. Table service was friendly but the food came to the table in random fashion. Preceded by the sound of a microwave beeping...

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Food truck derby comes to Bridgehampton

The Great Food Truck Derby is a once-a-summer

(Credit: Adrian Fussell)

The third annual Great Food Truck Derby takes place Friday, at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. More than a dozen trucks will be in attendance, including Blondie’s Bake Shop (cupcakes), Crazy Crepe Cafe, Eat Me Drink Me (poutine and hand-cut fries), Hampton Coffee Company Mobile Espresso Unit, Morris Grilled Cheese and Noah’s (crispy oyster po’boy sliders).

Drinks will be provided by...

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