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Joan Reminick

In an ongoing search to find Long Island’s best restaurant values, restaurant critic Joan Reminick has plowed through more pad thai, penne ala vodka and pulled pork than she cares to admit. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan grew up in a happy home whose only shortcomings were culinary. After a childhood of cooked-to-leather steaks, canned peas and Ore Ida fries, she made it a personal mission to seek out food that’s fresh, lively and carefully prepared. Married to her teen sweetheart, she received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Hofstra University and taught English and Humanities in a Long Island high school for several years. When her two children were born, she embarked on a writing career and has had both fiction and nonfiction works published in national magazines. She also edited the Zagat Survey of Long Island Restaurants and wrote the book “Exploring Long Island with Newsday.” In addition to doing weekly “Cheap Eats” restaurant reviews, Joan hunts down restaurant news items and writes restaurant-related articles. These days, her motto is: making Long Island a better place to eat, one blog entry at a time.

Black Friday eats, kid-friendly and mall-convenient

Amber Razvi, left, of Islip, and her brother,

(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Black Friday is upon us, ushering in a weekend — actually a month — of shopping and schlepping. If you’ve got your kids with you at the mall, then you're not just looking for bargains. You're looking for somewhere that caters to junior appetites so that nobody gets cranky.

Help is here in the form of a guide to eateries with kids' menus either in or near the mall. We wish you good eating and...

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