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A classic lobster roll at Left Coast Kitchen,

A classic lobster roll at Left Coast Kitchen, a new gastropub in Merrick. (March 19, 2011) Photo Credit: Becky Holladay

Daylight saving time starts Sunday. So, you may want to eat someplace very comfortable where losing an hour takes no toll. Here are a few sunny selections.

SWALLOW A cozy charmer with a constantly changing menu. Recommended: chicken and waffles, shredded chicken tostada, yellowfin tuna BLT, jerk pork tenderloin, mini-wedge salad. 366 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-547-5388, swallowrestaurant.com

LEFT COAST KITCHEN AND COCKTAILS A buzzing gastro pub, dependable and fun. Recommended: lobster roll, crabcake sliders, chicken and grits, hamburger, corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, jalapeño corn cakes. 1810 Merrick Rd., Merrick; 516-868-5338, lckny.com

MARKET BISTRO A friendly farm-to-table offspring of West End Cafe in Carle Place. Recommended: deviled eggs, blue-claw crab salad, cheeseburger, braised short rib, loin of pork, root-beer float. 519 N. Broadway, Jericho; 516-513-1487, marketbistroli.com

MARA'S HOMEMADE A winner for barbecue and more, to eat in or to take out. Recommended: the crawfish boil, char-grilled oysters, po'boy sandwiches, lobster roll, pulled pork, chopped brisket. 236 W. Jericho Tpke. (Muttontown Plaza), Syosset; 516-682-9200, marashomemade.com

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