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Big Daddy's in Massapequa: New Orleans' heat

Candy Conner from E. Northport and Rudy Lanzillotta

Candy Conner from E. Northport and Rudy Lanzillotta from Massapequa clowned around at Big Daddy's in Massapequa's Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras party. (Feb. 21, 2012) Credit: Barbara Alper

The countdown continues at Big Daddy's: 157 days till Mardi Gras.

But this spirited Cajun-Creole-barbecue spot always is poised to celebrate and give you a taste of New Orleans.

The menu changes daily but the quality doesn't. You'll be happy to find husky andouille sausage-and-smoked pork gumbo as well as brown-sauced crawfish étouffée; fired-up jambalaya and broiled oysters under a horseradish-and-Gruyere crust; and any combination of pulled pork, barbecued brisket and baby back ribs.

Big Daddy's is a colorful mainstay, from the floor tiles to the plates celebrating the movies of Elvis Presley, an LSU banner to one for the Saints. It's full-flavored fun.

Big Daddy's, 1 Park Lane, Massapequa; 516-799-8877.

Mardi Gras, 2012 edition, at Big Daddy's.

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