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Chili cook-off to benefit Islip fire museum

At the first annual Big Chili Cook-Off at

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Are you ready to taste 100 gallons of chili?

The West Sayville Fire Department hosts a chili cook-off on Saturday. It's a fundraiser to support construction of the Town of Islip Firefighters Museum & Education Center. Admission is $10 for anyone 12 years old or older.

All proceeds benefit the building project. Groundbreaking is expected this fall in Central Islip, across from Bethpage...

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Breakfast launched at Magic Taco Corp. in Islip Terrace

Duck fat hash browns with seasonal wild mushrooms,

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Magic Taco Corp. in Islip Terrace has just started serving breakfast, available Monday to Friday from 7 to 10 a.m. The little roadside shack with minimal indoor seating and a few outdoor tables received a three-star rating in August.

Co-chef/owner Steven Scalesse was also profiled in Newsday’s All-Star chef series as chef-owner of Tullulah’s in Bay Shore; his partner and fellow chef,...

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New dining options at Roosevelt Field

A rendering of the Roosevelt Field's Dining District,

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Roosevelt Field is undergoing a major retail expansion (newcomers will include Neiman Marcus) and the food service is getting an upgrade too. A new Dining District is under construction, scheduled to open in January. The area will occupy what used to be retail space on the mall’s northeast side. It will have about 1,250 seats, as opposed to the current 900, and will feature an outdoor terrace with...

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Cafe Testarossa in Syosset: An update

Grilled octopus with escarole, crushed tomatoes and chickpeas

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Cafe Testarossa is running on all cylinders.

The restaurant, now almost equal parts Italian and New American, is more than two decades old. It has had a few lives over the years.

But the food currently is sharper and better than before, whether you're in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs or a heritage pork chop on sweet potatoes.

A very good starter: marinated and grilled octopus,...

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Steven Del Lima back at Vitae in Huntington

Vitae restaurant in Huntington offers stylish banquette dining

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Steven Del Lima, former executive chef at CoolFish in Syosset and Chow Down Diner in Bethpage (where he garnered a two-and-a half star rating) is back at Vitae in Huntington. Del Lima had previously helmed Vitae's New American kitchen from 2011 to 2013. Earlier, he was executive chef at Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse in Huntington and Perfecto Mundo in Commack.

Del Lima said that...

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Closed in Woodbury: Buenos Diaz Cafe

Buenos Diaz Cafe owner and pitmaster Mike Diaz

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Buenos Diaz Cafe in Woodbury has closed. The ambitious little spot, which opened a year ago in an off-the-beaten-track shopping center, offered barbecue with a Latin accent, along with sandwiches, bagels and lox and deli items.

Before opening the eatery, owner Mike Diaz took first place for his ribs in the 2012 Battle of the BBQ Brethren....

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BBQ contest in Hicksville

Pork ribs on the grill.

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Whose ribs reign supreme? On Sunday, Sept. 21, the Hicksville Fire Department is hosting its fourth annual barbecued rib cook-off in Cantiague Park, and the winner will be determined by the ticket-buying public. Here’s how it works: $10 buys six tickets, five of which are good for one rib from any of the dozen or so teams competing. Use the sixth ticket to vote for the rib you liked best. Want more...

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Open in Southold: Caci North Fork

Caci serves authentic Italian cuisine in Southold, Sept.

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Two dreams intersect at Caci North Fork, the Italian restaurant that opened last week in Southold. Although founders Anthony and Daniele Cacioppo had never run a restaurant, they had long dreamed of establishing one on the North Fork, where the Manhasset couple has a had home since 1995. Two years ago, on a trip to Umbria, they met chef Marco Pellegrini, who had long dreamed of moving to the United...

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Taqueria Cielito Lindo in Riverhead: First bites

A trio of tacos at Taqueria Cielito Lindo

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Lunch at the new Taqueria Cielito Lindo in Riverhead turned out to be a satisfying affair. The new place, which took over the downtown storefront last occupied by Julia’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, is simply appointed yet comfortable, with warm and efficient table service. You can also order food to go at the counter.

The place is owned by married couple (and co-chefs) Jasmin and Edgar Diaz-Leal,...

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Free coffee at McDonald's through Sept. 29

McCafe coffee served in Feb. 14, 2013, at

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McDonald’s is out to caffeinate the country. From Sept. 16 to 29 (which happens to be National Coffee Day), McDonald’s is giving away a free small McCafé coffee during breakfast hours; no purchase necessary. This comes after a similar giveaway in March.

Follow @McCafe on Twitter for more details and, if you feel so moved, share your embarrassing pre-coffee moments using the hashtag #SipandTell.

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