Kebabs on LI: some savory picks - Newsday

Kebabs on LI: some savory picks

Pita House's mixed kebab platter is served with Pita House's mixed kebab platter is served with grilled red and green peppers and salad. (March 26, 2010) Photo Credit: Timothy Fadek

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Legend goes that long ago in the region around Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey, some resourceful soldiers had the notion to cook pieces of meat on the ends of their swords -- and shish kebab (shish, meaning sword; kebab meaning roasted meat) was born.

Here are some prime local sources.

100-27 S. Jersey Ave., East Setauket

At this hidden spot (Heritage Square, behind Wild by Nature off Route 25A), chicken and lamb kebabs are juicy and savory; Adana kebabs and garlicky, fiery minced beef and lamb Beyti kebabs rate just as highly.


2205 Merrick Rd., Merrick

Here, the ultra-flavorsome kofte are made with a combination of beef and lamb. Even the white meat chicken kebabs are moist and satisfying.


2139 Middle Country Rd., Centereach

Adroitly spiced kebabs define this strip mall Turkish spot. Both lamb and chicken kebabs excel; Inegol kofte features spiced ground beef rendered fluffy by a little baking soda.

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