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Morrison's in Plainview and more Long Island restaurants to try this weekend

Pastrami grilled cheese with Swiss, mustard, pickles, at

Pastrami grilled cheese with Swiss, mustard, pickles, at Morrison's in Plainview. Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

When budgets are a little tighter, the appeal of casual, pubby restaurants grows. Here are three to sample for the informal food and the right price.

Morrison's in Plainview is a friendly eatery, unpretentious and to the point, with some tasty food and the drinks to go with it. Recommended: wedge salad; turkey meatloaf; skillet-roasted chicken; fried chicken; pastrami grilled cheese; grilled chicken club; filet mignon French dip; fish tacos; panko-crusted ribs; vegetable chili. Moderate.

Morrison's, 430 Woodbury Rd., Plainview, 516-932-8460, morrisonsny.com

Southside Bar and Restaurant in Bay Shore is a local mainstay, notable for homey fare and a respectable choice of beverages. Recommended: French dip sliders; Bavarian pretzel with smoked Gouda fondue, kielbasa, and pickles; crisp ranch chicken wrap; buttermilk-fried chicken sandwich; California triple-decker; pot roast. Moderate.

Southside Bar and Restaurant, 5 Third Ave., Bay Shore, 631-665-9596, southsidebayshore.com

The Good Life in Massapequa Park has a style similar to that of a British pub, with a fine selection of brews. Recommended: chicken tikka masala; fish and chips made with cod; root beer-glazed pork ribs with white Cheddar-jalapeno waffle; pulled pork sandwich; turkey melt; cheeseburger with Gruyere, blue cheese fondue, and bacon jam; shepherd's pie with beef. Moderate.

The Good Life, 1039 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, 516-798-4663, thegoodlifeny.com

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