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Eight great appetizers from LI restaurants

Buffalo chicken and shrimp satay is served with

Buffalo chicken and shrimp satay is served with buttermilk dressing and crumbled blue cheese, at Left Coast Kitchen, a new gastropub in Merrick. (March 19, 2011) Credit: Becky Holladay

Looking for a great appetizer? These small bites are worth the trip.

1. Spicy mini-hot dogs, Chicago-style, at Cedar Creek American Bar & Grill, 75 Cedar Swamp Rd., Glen Cove; 516-656-5656,

2. Munich pretzel with mustard at Plattduetsche Park, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square; 516-354-3131,

3. Mary's meatballs on creamy polenta at Huntington Social, 330 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-923- 2442,

4. Steamed sea bass rolls with cabbage and ginger at Toku, 2014C Northern Blvd., Manhasset; 516-627-7121,

5. Warm duck confit and Serrano ham salad with arugula and fava beans at Chachama Grill, 655-08 Montauk Hwy., East Patchogue; 631- 758-7640,

6. Stuffed pepper with diced vegetables and bread crumbs at La Piazza, 512 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville; 631-425-0500,

7. Kung pao calamari with ground peanuts at Thom Thom, 3340 Park Ave., Wantagh; 516-221-8022,

8. Buffalo-style chicken-and-shrimp satay at Left Coast Kitchen and Cocktails, 1810 Merrick Rd., Merrick; 516-868-5338,