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Houlihan's in Farmingdale

Fish taco at Houlihan's in East Farmingdale

Fish taco at Houlihan's in East Farmingdale Credit: Newsday, 2011 / Joan Reminick

Had it really been over a decade since I'd last eaten at a Houlihan's restaurant? I ended up there for lunch today, when all my preconceptions were sent packing.

Now defining itself as a “from scratch” restaurant, the handsomely appointed place surprised me with a commendable vegetarian burger made from lots of bright vegetables. It was served on a thin brioche roll and topped with a harmonious meld of caramelized onions, barbecue sauce, Cheddar and provolone. Appealing, as well,  was a side casserole of rice and beans crowned with pico de gallo and grated cheese. 

A friend’s chicken Asian “chop chop” salad featured warm sauteed poultry in a sesame sauce alongside a cool mélange of crisp Napa cabbage, shredded jicama, snow peas and peppers, a bit of crunch provided by peanuts. The Chinese noodles on the plate (thankfully, in a separate pile) were entirely beside the point.

I visited the Houlihan’s in Farmingdale, 923 Broadhollow Rd., 631-249-4828, but there is also a branch in Westbury (725 Merrick Ave., 516-222-8010), houlihans.com 
 

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