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At Verace, an Italian restaurant in Islip, the (Credit: Michael E. Ach)

At Verace, an Italian restaurant in Islip, the dining room is roomy with a high ceiling reaching up two floors. (January 23, 2010)

Our Favorite South Shore restaurants

For decades, dining out along Suffolk's South Shore was highlighted by the big seafood catch. A drift net's worth of fishermen's platters, either broiled or fried, vied with surf-and-turf, often filet mignon and a lobster tail. Stuffed flounder: very popular. Likewise, baked clams and mussels marinara. But in recent years, the choices from Babylon to Patchogue have grown both in variety and style, the familiar has been tweaked, new eateries continue to expand the repertoire. Traditionalists need not be concerned. Plenty of familiar fare is on the regional menu. Here are 10 of our favorites on Suffolk's South Shore.

At Verace, an Italian restaurant in Islip, the
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

At Verace, an Italian restaurant in Islip, the dining room is roomy with a high ceiling reaching up two floors. (January 23, 2010)

Chef Francesco Torre ladles sauce on a small
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Chef Francesco Torre ladles sauce on a small pizza at Verace in Islip. (October 8, 2010)

Francesco Torre uses a paddle to remove the
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Francesco Torre uses a paddle to remove the pizzas from the oven at Verace in Islip. (Oct. 8, 2010)

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Diners on the outdoor patio of the View
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Diners on the outdoor patio of the View restaurant in Oakdale have a wide view the Great South Bay. (June 26, 2010)

George Martin's Strip Steak in Great River has
(Credit: Doug Young)

George Martin's Strip Steak in Great River has two main dining rooms, the larger separated by a half wall bar area. (Feb. 16, 2011)

At the Bluepoint Bar & Grill in Blue
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At the Bluepoint Bar & Grill in Blue Point, diners have the option of eating in the dining room or in the bar area of the restaurant. (Mar. 4, 2011)

Blue Chill restaurant, serving New American cuisine, is
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Blue Chill restaurant, serving New American cuisine, is located in Babylon. (April 9, 2011)

Char-grilled cctopus salad with tomatoes, red onion and
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Char-grilled cctopus salad with tomatoes, red onion and dill is one of the Mediterranean and Turkish dishes served Café Taka in Bay Shore. (April 22, 2011)

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Onsen sushi is a Japanese sushi restaurant located
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Onsen sushi is a Japanese sushi restaurant located on Montauk Highway in Oakdale. Here, a bowl of nabe yaki udon served with two pieces of shrimp tempura. (May 6, 2011)

Blue Chill restaurant in Babylon serves a plate
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Blue Chill restaurant in Babylon serves a plate of seafood sliders, consisting of, from left, crab cake with blood orange aioli; bacon and shrimp with lobster mayonaise; and Ahi tuna with wasabi mayonaise.

At Blue Chill Fish House and Grill, a
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

At Blue Chill Fish House and Grill, a trio of sliders consists of a crab cake with blood orange aioli, a bacon and shrimp with lobster mayo and an ahi tuna with wasabi mayo. (April 10, 2011)

Lemon blackberry tarte tatin is served with puf
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Lemon blackberry tarte tatin is served with puf pastry and candied lemon creme at Bistro 25, loacted on Foster Avenue in Sayville. (Mar. 22, 2011)

Bistro 25 in Sayville has a lively happy
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Bistro 25 in Sayville has a lively happy hour and special menu items in the bar area. (Mar. 22, 2011)

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Bistro 25 in Sayville has an extensive boutique
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Bistro 25 in Sayville has an extensive boutique wine list, all at price points no higher than 25 dollars. (Mar. 22, 2011)

Patrons dining in the interior dining room of
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Patrons dining in the interior dining room of the View restaurant in Oakdale. (June 26, 2010)

Baked oysters Rockefeller are served at George Martin's
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Baked oysters Rockefeller are served at George Martin's Strip Steak, a restaurant in Great River. (Feb. 16, 2011)

A server hurries with a drink order at
(Credit: Photo by Doug Young)

A server hurries with a drink order at George Martin's Strip Steak in Great River. (Feb. 16, 2011)

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