On this last weekend of spring, take your ’cue.

Summer is coming and barbecue is smoking. So are plenty of southern dishes. Here are three mainstays where you can enjoy a taste.


Biscuits & Barbeque delivers the goods with a New Orleans accent. The cash-only spot stands out with specialties such as country biscuits with andouille sausage gravy, smoked BBQ chicken, smoked BBQ ribs, smoked beef brisket and pulled pork chili, the pulled pork po’boy, fried pickles, Cheddar-jalapeño mashed potatoes, cheese grits and baked beans with smoked brisket.

Biscuits & Barbeque, 106 E. 2nd St., Mineola, 516-493-9797, biscuitsandbarbeque.com

Mara’s Homemade in Syosset brings you the big flavors of Louisiana, Cajun and Creole; Arkansas, and points south. Excellent fried chicken, jambalaya, Arkansas chopped brisket and pulled pork, chargrilled oysters, the oyster po’boy, a spicy crawfish boil, crawfish-stuffed bread, crawfish étouffée, no-mayo coleslaw, cheese grits and a knockout chocolate cream pie. After a slice, you’ll want the whole thing to go.

Mara’s Homemade, 236 W. Jericho Tpke., Syosset (Muttontown Plaza shopping center), 516-682-9200, marashomemade.com

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Townline BBQ in Sagaponack is a casual, Texas-style destination for baby back ribs, St. Louis ribs, beef short ribs, smoked chicken, pulled chicken, pulled pork, brisket, baked beans, beef chili and vegetarian chili, burgers and hot dogs, chicken wingsnachos, spicy bread-and-butter pickles, collard greens, a wedge salad with bacon or beets, thick-cut fried onions, whoopee pie and ice-box cake.

Townline BBQ, 3593 Montauk Hwy., Sagaponack, 631-537-2271, townlinebbq.com