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LI restaurants with warming comfort foods

Classic all-American mac and cheese at Mac &

Classic all-American mac and cheese at Mac & Melts in Garden City. Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

On days like this one, when it’s all you can do to stop your teeth from chattering, there’s culinary relief at three Long Island eateries — each a specialist in a single kind of  comfort food.

In Mineola, you’ll find Mama Soup, situated in the ground floor of an office building. Here, a soup bar features 28 varieties, which can be eaten on premises or packed to go. Highly recommended: the beef goulash, as well as the chicken potpie soup, which is topped with a biscuit after it’s ladled into a carton.

Patchogue has That Meetball Place, a gastropub devoted to the lush comfort of  meatballs, from the classic beef-veal-pork variety to a spiced Moroccan lamb ball to a vegetable risotto ball. Have yours in a bowl with sauce, atop pasta or tucked into a slider roll. You'll also find several inventive meatball sandwiches.

In Garden City, Mac & Melts is all about the gooey goodness of  macaroni and cheese and melted-cheese sandwiches. Brighten your day and soothe your spirits with the creamy, bubbly crunchy-topped Southwestern mac and cheese. A simple grilled cheese sandwich, made with American and Cheddar, works wonders, too.

Mama Soup is at 170 Old Country Rd., Mineola, 516-746-7687,

That Meetball Place is at 54 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-569-5888,

Mac & Melts is at 684 Stewart Ave., Garden City, 855-622-6358,


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