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Long Island restaurants serving great Caesar salads

Classic Caesar salad with romaine, cashew Parmesan and

Classic Caesar salad with romaine, cashew Parmesan and croutons at 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe in Copiague. Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The Caesar salad was named not for the Roman emperor but for Hollywood restaurateur Caesar Cardini, who first tossed it together table side during the Roaring ’20s. These days, it’s usually made in restaurant kitchens and includes romaine, Parmesan, lemon and, sometimes, anchovies and/or egg.

Each of these three restaurants puts its own spin on the American classic.

SMOKIN’ AL’S FAMOUS BBQ JOINT, 4847 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park, 516-799-4900, smokinals.com

Eccentricity that works: Barbecue boss Al Horowitz’s Caesar salad topped with pulled pork or chopped brisket. A substantial main course that easily serves more than one. $22.99; $12.99 plain

CIRO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 74 Main St. Kings Park, 631-269-2600 and 470 Wheeler Rd., Hauppauge, 631-761-6378, cirosrestaurants.com

The simple Caesar served at these Italian-American restaurants is cool, crisp and creamy. $8.95

3 BROTHERS VEGAN CAFE, 1038 Montauk Hwy., Copiague, 631-464-4328, 3brothersvegancafe.com

Chef Jay Astafa makes a vibrant vegan Caesar using house-made croutons and cashew Parmesan. $9. You can also get it with romaine or kale. $12

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