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Restaurants off the LIE

Whether you're headed east or west, chances are you'll be taking the Long Island Expressway.

Depending on traffic, you may find yourself a prisoner of 495 far longer than you'd like -- and your car ride may overlap with mealtime. If hunger strikes, here's a guide to where to eat within a mile or so of most exits on the LIE.

EXIT 33

Sea Bass Veracruz and chorizo rice is available
Credit: Barbara Alper

Northbound Lakeville Road

Seven Seas Diner (607 Northern Blvd., Great Neck): A Great Neck institution, this expansive diner has an equally expansive menu. More info: 516-482-0980

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza (420 Northern Blvd., Great Neck): At this Florida-based chain, virtually everything is cooked in an 800-degree coal oven. Don’t miss the wings. More info: 516-482-0400, acfp.com

Union Prime Steak & Sushi (661 Northern Blvd., Great Neck): The classic steakhouse Burton & Doyle transformed into this modern steak-sushi hybrid, where lustrous uncooked fish goes along with the dry-aged beef. More info: 516-487-9200, unionprimesteak.com
 
Southbound Lakeville Road

K Pacho (1270 Union Tpke., New Hyde Park): At this big, boisterous eatery, the menu is focused on Mexican-inspired appetizers and entrees. More info: 516-358-2222, kpacho.com
 
Northbound Community Drive

Antonino’s (997 Northern Blvd., Manhasset): Order a pizza to go, or have a proper sit-down dinner at this pleasant pizzeria-restaurant. More info: 516-627-0660 antoninos.com

Pearl East (1191 Northern Blvd., Manhasset): One of the North Shore’s most dependable and attractive Chinese restaurants, Pearl East offers both Chinese-American classics and more authentic fare, as well as dim sum and even sushi. More info: 516-365-9898, pearleastny.com

Pictured: Sea Bass Veracruz and chorizo rice is served at K Pacho in New Hyde Park.

EXIT 34

Two Shackburgers are stacked at Shake Shack in
Credit: Jin Lee

Southbound New Hyde Park Road

Mikawa (1532 Union Tpke., New Hyde Park): This attractive sushi-Asian fusion restaurant stands out with its menu of Korean specialties. More info: 516-355-0587, MikawaNY.com

Shake Shack (1570 Union Tpke., New Hyde Park): The popular chain is an updated take on a classic Midwestern roadside burger stand, albeit one with its own proprietary wine and craft beer. Don’t overlook the frozen custard — in a cup, cone, shake or “concrete.” More info: 516-634-2010 shakeshack.com

Iavarone’s Italian Kitchen + Pizzeria (1534 Union Tpke., New Hyde Park): A casual pizzeria-trattoria, recently renovated, from the owners of neighboring Iavarone Bros. market. More info: 516-488-4500, iavaronecafe.com

Pictured: Two Shackburgers are stacked at Shake Shack in New Hyde Park.

EXIT 35

Bigoli alla Latin, Stresa, Manhasset, Sept. 25, 2015.
Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Northbound Shelter Rock Road

Stresa (1524 Northern Blvd., Manhasset): One of Long Island’s top Italian restaurants, with dishes that cross regional borders, and a knockout chocolate soufflé. More info: 516-365-6956, stresa-restaurant.com

Café Continental (1538 Northern Blvd., Manhasset): Venerable, mostly-Italian restaurant, with some continental touches. More info: 516- 627-4269, cafecontinentalmanhasset.com

Pictured: Bigoli alla Latin is served at Stresa in Manhasset.

EXIT 36

The Gotham Roll of crab, cream cheese and
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Northbound Searingtown Road

Benihana (2105 Northern Blvd., Manhasset): Satisfy your yen for Japanese food and knife skills at this bastion of theatrical hibachi cooking. More info: 516-627-3400, benihana.com

Cipollini (2110C Northern Blvd., Manhasset): See and be seen — and eat very well l — at this fashionable Italian trattoria at the Eastern tip of the Americana shopping center. More info: 516-627-7172

Landmark Diner (1027 Northern Blvd., Roslyn): At this gleaming, two-story diner, the menu offerings are vast, the portions large and the prices reasonable. More info: 516-627-4830, theoriginallandmarkdiner.com

Bryant & Cooper (2 Middle Neck Rd., Roslyn): One of Long Island’s finest traditional steak houses, with a butcher shop attached. More info: 516-627-7270

Pictured: The Gotham Roll of crab is served at Benihana in Manhasset.

EXIT 37

Jujeh kabob, guinea hen marinated in lemon and
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Northbound Mineola Ave.

Ravagh Persian Grill (210 Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights): A friendly, family-oriented restaurant serving the multilayered cooking of Iran. Excellent kebabs and rice dishes. More info: 516-484-7100, ravaghrestaurants.com

Skinny Pizza (211 Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights): The dozen pies here all weigh in at less than 350 calories a slice, most of them less than 200. The Skinny Shrooms is particularly satisfying; also pasta, soups and salads. More info: 516-686-6180, skinnypizza.com

Green Cactus Grill (215 Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights): The motto of Long Island’s own Mexican fast-food chain is “We don’t use MSG, can openers, freezers, lard or microwaves.” Highlights include the fish tacos and the all-you-can-ladle-out salsa bar. More info: 516-626-3100, greencactusgrill.com

Attilio’s Pizza (96 Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights): The kind of neighborhood pizzeria every neighborhood needs. Aside from doing fine work with the basic Neapolitan, Sicilian and Grandma, there are heroes, calzones, pasta and Italian entrees. More info: 516-621-1400, ourattilios.com

Matteo’s (88 Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights): Good, family-friendly Italian. A recent reboot modernized (and glamorized) the dining room and added some New American touches to the family-style Italian menu. More info: 516-484-0555, matteosristorante.com

 

Southbound Willis Avenue

Opera House (255 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights): Dependable sushi-Asian fusion with some interesting Malaysian dishes such as the Malaysian-style Indian bread with vegetable curry dip. More info: 516-484-7456, operahouseny.com

Jade King (376 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights): Jade King has been serving chicken chow mein, egg foo yung and spareribs since 1975. Newer items include Chilean sea bass with black bean sauce and lobster pan-fried with ginger and scallions. More info: 516-621-2143, jadekingroslynheights.com

388 Restaurant (388 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights): Popular neighborhood hub serving traditional Italian-American cuisine. More info: 516-621-3888. 388restaurant.com

Pictured: Jujeh kabob, guinea hen marinated in lemon and saffron, is served at Ravagh Persian Grill in Roslyn Heights.

EXIT 39

Halibut with sundried tomato crust is a top
Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Northbound Glen Cove Road

Kitchen Kabaret (409 Glen Cove Rd., East Hills): This rambling market has a huge assortment of ready-made fare: cold and hot sandwiches, prepared pastas, salads and entrees, a full-service bakery; made-to-order pizzas, a chopped-salad bar, juice and smoothie bar, an omelet station and a coffee bar with tables and chairs. More info: 516-484-3320, kitchenkabaret.com

Antonette’s East Hills (290 Glen Cove Rd., Roslyn Heights): Elegantly appointed North Shore outpost of the now-closed Italian Antonette’s in Rockville Centre. More info: 516-626-6490, antonetteseasthills.com
 
Southbound Glen Cove Road

Old Westbury Diner (4 Glen Cove Rd., Old Westbury): Recently renovated diner serving a typically extensive and well-priced menu. More info: 516-294-2989, oldwestburydinerli.com

Cassariano’s (348 E. Jericho Tpke., Mineola): Contemporary Italian restaurant that recently took over this spacious, attractive premises on Jericho Turnpike. More info: 516-280-8990, cassariano.com

Pictured: Halibut with sundried tomato crust is served at Cassariano's in Mineola.

EXIT 40

Natto (fermented soybeans) is served with tuna, scallions,
Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Westbound Jericho Tpke.

Angelino’s (1 Jericho Tpke., Jericho): Since 1976, Angelino’s has long been serving a range of Italian and Italian-American specialties, with pizzas Neapolitan, Sicilian and personal. More info:  516-997-7333, angelinosrestaurant.com

Frank’s Steaks (4 Jericho Tpke., Jericho): The motto here is “We ain’t just steaks,” but beef is nevertheless the best reason to eat at Frank’s, including the prime rib, porterhouse for two, and T-bone for one to the bone-in strip and the Romanian skirt steak. Service is attentive and accommodating and prices lower than many other steakhouses. More info: 516-338-4595, frankssteaks.com

Nagashima (12 Jericho Tpke., No. A, Jericho): No bells and whistles (or flashing lights or orchids or banana leaves) at Nagashima, just impeccably fresh, immaculately sliced fish on properly seasoned rice. More info: 516-338-0022, nagashimali.com

Pictured: Natto (fermented soybeans) is served with tuna, scallions and rice at Nagashima in Jericho.

EXIT 41

Blue crab claw salad is served with avocado
Credit: Agaton Strom

Northbound 106/107

Café Dolce Vita (495 N. Broadway, Jericho): Café Dolce Vita functions both as a pizzeria (standard Neapolitan and Sicilian pies, plus 10-inch pizzettes and specialty pies) and, on the raised platform at the back, a proper Italian restaurant. More info: 516-935-2233, cafedolcevita.com

Orient Odyssey (511 N. Broadway, Jericho): The younger sibling of The Orient in Bethpage, this Chinese restaurant excels at both Chinese-American favorites and authentic Cantonese specialties, many of them seafood based. More info: 516-719-0021

Market Bistro (519 N. Broadway, Jericho): This sharp, smart New American with a seasonal menu, informal style and an upbeat mood is one of Long Island’s top spots. Terrific burger, and a friendly bar too. More info: 516-513-1487, marketbistroli.com

Vintage Bar and Grill (399 Jericho Tpke., Jericho): Very attractive restaurant that marries steaks and chops with New American and Italian dishes. Lively bar scene. More info: 516-364-4641, vintagejericho.com

 

Southbound 106/107

Fanatico Italian Bistro and Bar (336 N. Broadway, Jericho): This attractive trattoria from Emilio Branchinelli, (the pizza-preneur behind Emilio’s in Commack and Pasta-eria in Hicksville) comprises a casual pizzeria and a more upscale dining room. More info: 516-932-5080, fanatico-restaurant.com

Trullo d’Oro (294 N. Broadway, Hicksville): Owners Gino and Maria Giannuzzi honor their Pugliese heritage with specialties such as panzerottini (fried tomato-mozzarella turnovers) and pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe, alongside other Italian specialties. More info: 516-737-0679, trullo-doro.com

Mulberry Street (287 N. Broadway, Jericho): Dependable neighborhood purveyor of pizza, pasta and parms. More info: 516-933- 7974

Broadway Diner (287 N. Broadway, Hicksville): A huge menu, friendly service, good prices and a full bar distinguish this bustling diner. More info: 516-681-3982, broadwaydiner.net

Jani (260 N. Broadway, Hicksville): Jani’s menu offers everything you’d expect from a suburban Chinese restaurant, and then some. Dim sum is available all day (try the pan-fried leek dumplings), as well as Cantonese-style noodle soups and sushi. More info: 516-433-0622

Pictured: Blue crab claw salad is served with avocado and scallion at Market Bistro in Jericho.

EXIT 43A

Dim sum is served at Golden Temple II
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(Westbound) Robbins Lane

Golden Temple II (6600 Jericho Tpke., Syosset): Neighborhood Chinese that also serves dim sum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday to Sunday. More info: 516-931-3663, goldentemplesyosset.com

Mara’s Homemade (236 W. Jericho Tpke., Syosset): Huge menu featuring Cajun, Creole, Southern and barbecue favorites. Enjoy the fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, po-boy sandwiches, shrimp and grits, spicy jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, chargrilled oysters, burgers and hot dogs, too. And be sure to order the terrific chocolate cream pie. More info: 516-682-9200, marashomemade.com

The Rolling Spring Roll (228 W. Jericho Tpke., Syosset): This new sibling of the popular Farmingdale Vietnamese has a larger dining room — and a larger menu. Entrees such as banh xeo (puffy rice crepe filled with pork, shrimp and vegetables) and ca nuong (grilled whole fish) join the pho (noodle soup), banh mi (sandwiches) and rice or noodle bowls. More info: 516-677-9090, therollingspringroll.com

Pictured: Dim sum is served at Golden Temple II in Syosset.

EXIT 43

Quail with truffled polenta is an off-the-menu item
Credit: Craig Ruttle

Southbound South Oyster Bay Road

Luigi Q (400B S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville): Excellent Italian restaurant, especially for seafood and pasta dishes, regional and seasonal specialties. Fine service. Not for young children. More info: 516-932-7450

Bareburger (399 S. Oyster Bay Rd. Plainview): This burger chain touts the healthfulness and sustainability of its ingredients — which include not only beef but bison, elk, wild boar, duck and turkey. Plenty of options for vegetarians, too. More info: 516-932-3500, bareburger.com

Green Cactus Grill (379B S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview): The motto of Long Island’s own Mexican fast-food chain is “We don’t use MSG, can openers, freezers, lard or microwaves.” Highlights include the fish tacos and the all-you-can-ladle-out salsa bar. More info: 516-937-3444, greencactusgrill.com

Ayhan’s Shish-Kebab (379 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview): Large portions of reasonably priced Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine. More info: 516-827-5300, ayhansrestaurants.com

Morrison’s (430 Woodbury Rd., Plainview): This energetic spot features good brews and the casual eats that go with them. More info: 516-932-8460, morrisonsny.com

Brasserie Cassis (387 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview): Big, good-looking French brasserie. Try the grilled hanger steak finished with red wine and shallots, frisee salad with bacon, the potato gratin with goat cheese, frogs’ legs in garlic, the croque-monsieur and roast chicken for two. More info: 516-653-0090, brasseriecassis.com
 
Northbound South Oyster Bay Road

Kashi (343 Jericho Tpke., Syosset): Along with the splashy décor, brisk service and upbeat mood, Kashi offers a combination of Asian-fusion dishes and uncooked fish. Recommended: sashimi and sushi, Kumamoto oysters; chu-chu lobster salad; miso black cod; tuna pizza; soba and udon noodles. More info: 516-864-0900, kashijapanese.com

Surasang (336 Jericho Tpke., Syosset): This spare and simple-looking little strip mall spot serves the robust food of Korea. Try the manduguk (beef soup with meat-stuffed dumplings), sam sun jang bong (an incendiary seafood noodle soup), dolsot bibimbap (beef, vegetables and rice served in a hot stone bowl), seafood-scallion pancakes, Korean fried chicken. More info: 516-496-8989

Beijing House (170 Jericho Tpke., Syosset): This newcomer brings the sometimes fiery, sometimes comforting cuisine of Northern China to Syosset. Standouts include bracing seaweed and pork spare-rib bone soup, fragrant sauteed bok choy, blistering-hot sautéed lamb with cumin seed and crunchy-airy fried baby shrimp with salt and pepper. More info: 516-864-0702, beijinghousesyosset.com

Celebrity Diner (312 Jericho Tpke., Syosset): The full range, with enough architectural glitz to preclude the need for lights. More info: 516-364-1970, celebritydiner1.com

Pictured: Quail with truffled polenta is served at Luigi Q in Hicksville.

EXIT 44

Sea scallops are served on crisp polenta with
Credit: Jeremy Bales

Northbound Route 135

Café Testarossa (499 Jericho Tpke., Syosset): Cafe Testarossa has been humming for decades, and has never been better than it is now: Chef-owner Billy Sansone combines Italian and New American cuisines with flair. More info: 516-364-8877, cafetestarossa.com

Rare 650 (650 Jericho Tpke., Syosset): Very good steak house, and recommended not just for meat-eaters. Stylish design, consistent kitchen and an exceptional wine list, including many by the glass. More info: 516-496-8000, rare650.com

Pictured: Sea scallops are served on crisp polenta with an agave-citrus sauce at Café Testarossa in Syosset.

EXIT 45

Chirashi at Kumo Sushi in Plainview.
Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Southbound Manetto Hill Rd.

Dirtyburger (12 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview): Ian Russo is a chef who likes to dirty things up with a cayenne-spiked spice blend. Mellowing the heat with a bit of honey, he uses this “dirty dust” on burgers, fries, wings (excellent) and even milkshakes. Keep in mind that anything on the menu is available “clean.” More info: 516-595-7399, dirtyburger.com

Umberto’s Pizzeria of New Hyde Park (64 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview): This new offshoot of New Hyde Park’s famous pizzeria is a perfect place for a slice. More info: 516-433-4999, umbertosplainview.com.

Kumo Sushi (18 Manetto Hill Mall, Plainview): Popular local purveyor of classic and inventive sushi, sashimi and cooked food. Try the “eggplant sandwich” of deep-fried eggplant layered with spicy lobster, spicy tuna and raw salmon, finished with a drizzle of creamy, piquant sauce. More info: 516-681-8881, kumosushi.net

Pictured: Chirashi at Kumo Sushi in Plainview.

EXIT 48

Plain pancakes topped with butter and syrup at
Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Southbound Old Country Road

Coliseum Kitchen (1660 Old Country Rd., Plainview): Think of this colossus as your neighborhood deli raised to the Nth power. The 10,000-square-foot giant features cafeteria-style dining as well as takeout morning till night: sliced meat sandwiches, omelets, salads, burgers and brick oven pizza, to name just a few options. More info: 516-483-4900, coliseumkitchen.com

La Piazza (1137 Old Country Rd., Plainview): Informal Italian, easygoing and good for a quick meal. More info: 516-938-0800, lapiazzaonline.com

Regal Kosher Deli (1110 Old Country Rd., Plainview): Regal occupies one half of a midcentury modern building. Inside, not much has changed since Regal opened in 1966. Seasoned professionals make and serve overstuffed sandwiches of pastrami and corned beef, create platters of Roumanian steak, potted meatballs, flanken and chicken fricassee. More info: 516-938-3588

Plainview Diner (1094 Old Country Rd., Plainview): Classic diner fare. Burgers and pancakes are recommended. More info: 516-822-0766, plainviewdiner.com

Plain pancakes topped with butter and syrup are served at the Plainview Diner.

EXIT 49

The paella dinner entree at The Refuge on
Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Southbound Broadhollow Road

Sbarro Café (401 Broadhollow Rd., Melville): Casual, cafeteria-style spot, emphasis on Italian food. More info: 631-454-1500

Cirella’s (14 Broadhollow Rd., Melville): Casual Italian with sushi, too. More info: 631-385-7380, cirellasrestaurant.com

Blackstone Steakhouse (10 Pinelawn Rd., Melville): One of LI’s top steakhouses, with excellent sushi. More info: 631-271-7780, blackstonesteakhouse.com

The Refuge Food & Spirits (515 Broadhollow Rd., Melville): Socializing, imbibing and dining in a movie-set design, with New American, Italian and Latin fare. More info: 631-577-4444, refuge110.com

 

Southbound Walt Whitman Road

News Stand Deli (1730 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville): Sandwiches, plus more. More info: 631-501-0550

Pictured: The paella dinner entree is served at The Refuge Food & Spirits in Melville.

EXIT 52

New York sirlion steak, certified black angus, grilled
Credit: Heather Walsh

Northbound Motor Parkway

Bonwit Inn (1 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Commack): Decades-old restaurant with a menu that ranges from American to continental. More info: 631-499-2068, thebonwitinn.com

La Scala (34 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Commack): A restaurant and pizzeria known for its pastas; homey and inventive. More info: 631-499-6049, lascalacommack.com

Mario’s Pizzeria (17 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Commack): A chainlet specializing in pizzas and Italian-American standbys. More info: 631-499-7000, mariospizzeria.com

Pictured: New York sirlion steak is grilled and served over sauteed broccoli rabe, glazed vegetables and red onion jam at The Bonwit Inn in Commack.

EXIT 53

Leonardo's Pizza Cafe is at 656 Vanderbilt Motor
Credit: Leonardo's Pizza Cafe

Northbound Washington Drive

DeBo’s Delicatessen (646 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge): Breakfast specialties, hero sandwiches, panini, wraps, salads. More info: 631-273-1150, debosdeli.com

Leonardo’s (656 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge): Pizzeria and cafe with pastas, sandwiches, wraps and pies. More info: 631-234-1522, leonardospizzacafe.com

Parkway (658 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge): This rotisserie and pizzeria also has Greek specialties. More info: 631-234-2929

Pictured: Pizza is served at Leonardo's in Hauppauge.

EXIT 55

Capelli d'Angelo Mario, a dish of fine pasta
Credit: Doug Young

Northbound

Mario Restaurant (644 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge): Traditional Italian restaurant, recommended for business as well as dates. More info: 631-273-9407, restaurantmario.com

Bertucci’s (358 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge): Casual Italian, pizza chain. More info: 631-952-2100, bertuccis.com

Pictured: Capelli d'Angelo Mario, a dish of fine pasta with crab meat sauce, is served at Mario Restaurant in Hauppauge.

EXIT 57

Thai Angel restaurant in Islandia's version of orange
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Southbound Veterans Memorial Highway

Thai Angel (1812 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Islandia): Very good, stylishly decorated restaurant for Thai fare. More info: 631-348-2555, thaiangelli.com

Hyatt Regency at Wind Watch Golf & Country Club (1717 L.I. Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge): New American and American fare highlights the hotel dining room’s menu. More info: 631-784-1234

Mama Angelina’s (1251 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Hauppauge): Strip-mall spot for Italian-American dishes. More info: 631-360-1463, mamaangelinas.com

Pictured: Orange duck is prepared with roasted orange peels, ginger and cashew nuts at Thai Angel in Islandia.

EXIT 58

The atrium enclosed restaurant Bistro Five-Eight at The
Credit: John Griffin

Islandia Marriott (3636 Express Dr. North, Islandia): Breakfast, lunch and dinner, with some eclectic choices, are served in the hotel’s airy atrium. More info: 631-232-3000

7-Eleven (1224 Old Nichols Rd., Central Islip): Convenience store. More info: 631-234-2563

Pictured: The atrium enclosed restaurant at The Islandia Marriott.

EXIT 59

Antipasto with roasted peppers, tomato, artichoke, red onions,
Credit: Daniel Brennan

Dim Sum Chinese Kitchen (898 Johnson Ave., Ronkonkoma): There are a few tables at this mostly takeout spot with familiar Chinese fare. More info: 631-737-5675

Mama Mia’s Pizza (892 Johnson Ave., Ronkonkoma): In addition to pizza, this friendly spot has antipasti, pastas, salads and Italian-American main dishes. More info: 631-585-1888, mamamiaspizzany.com

Sal’s Pizzeria (2402 Ocean Ave., Ronkonkoma): Very casual destination for pizza, pastas, hero sandwiches and main courses. More info: 631-467-2625.

Pictured: Antipasto with roasted peppers, tomato, artichoke, red onions, pepperoni, ham, and Genoa salami is served at Mama Mia's Pizza in Ronkonkoma.

EXIT 60

The
Credit: Daniel Brennan

Northbound Hawkins Avenue

Dah Lee (90 Church St., Lake Ronkonkoma): An old-fashioned spot with time-capsule Chinese-American cuisine. More info: 631-981-3230

Gino’s Pizza (214 Portion Rd., Lake Ronkonkoma): In addition to Sicilian, Neapolitan and Grandma pizzas, Gino’s offers hero sandwiches, pastas, main courses. More info: 531-588-9874, ginospizzeria.com

Pop’s Deli (286 Ronkonkoma Ave., Ronkonkoma): Stop for breakfast and lunch to go. More info: 631-737-5520

La Fonda Latino Grill (426 Hawkins Ave., Ronkonkoma): Colombian specialties and a few Italian dishes, empanadas to steaks. More info: 631-467-3278, lafondaronkonkoma.com

Pictured: The "Hawaiano" hot dog topped with a special pineapple relish, bacon and mozzarella is served La Fonda Latino Grill in Ronkonkoma.

EXIT 61

Angel hair marecchiare, a pasta with mussels, clams
Credit: Daniel Brennan

Southbound Patchogue-Holbrook Road

Mamma Lombardi’s (400 Furrows Rd., Holbrook): Southern Italian specialties define this landmark restaurant. Eatery also has a fine pizzeria adjoining the main dining room. More info: 631-737-0774, mammalombardis.com

Greek Islands (315A Main St., Holbrook): The restaurants offers the Greek classics, including gyros, souvlaki and kebabs. More info: 631-467-6066, greekislandsrest.com

Outback Steakhouse (325 Main St., Holbrook): Popular chain steak restaurant. More info: 631-585-0404, outback.com

Joe’s Pizza (346 Union Ave., Holbrook): Here for more than three decades, Joe’s is both a pizzeria and full-service Italian-American restaurant. More info: 631-981-3029, joespizzany.com

Pictured: Angel hair marecchiare, a pasta with mussels, clams and shrimp in a light marinara sauce, is served at Mamma Lombardi's in Holbrook.

EXIT 62

Chili’s Bacon Avocado Chicken Sandwich where at Exit
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Southbound Nicolls Road

Wendy’s (175 Morris Ave., Holtsville): Fast food, burgers. More info: 631-207-3725, wendys.com

Chili’s (50 Middle Ave., Holtsville): Tex-Mex chain. More info: 631-654-3834

Pictured: A Bacon Avocado Chicken Sandwich is served at Chili’s.

EXIT 63

Cataplana de mariscos, made with mussels, prawns, lobster
Credit: Daniel Brennan

Northbound North Ocean Avenue

Fax Chix (868 Horseblock Rd., Farmingville): Rotisserie chicken and Mexican dishes are the mainstays at this popular restaurant. More info: 631-36-4600, faxchixrestaurant.com

Primo Pizza (2312 N. Ocean Ave., Farmingville): Informal stop for pizza, calzones, hero sandwiches, salads, pastas, entrees. More info: 631-732-4000, primopizzany.com

Pictured: Cataplana de mariscos, made with mussels, prawns, lobster and scallops, is served at Fax Chix in Farmingville.

EXIT 64

A mixed vegetable pide with sucuk (Turkish sausage)
Credit: Daniel Brennan

Angora (2690 Rte. 112, Medford): An authentic Turkish cafe and market with specialties from kebabs to flatbread. More info: 631-289-7008, angora.us

Tony’s Pizza (2277 Rte. 112, Medford): Pizza, hero sandwiches, entrees from the counter. More info: 631-289-0122

Pictured: A mixed vegetable pide with sucuk (Turkish sausage), grilled peppers and tomato is served at Angora in Medford.

EXIT 65

Credit: Ian J. Stark

Northbound Horseblock Road

Medford Pastaria (3209 Horseblock Rd., Medford): Full menu of Italian-American specialties and pizzas. More info: 631-758-5252, medfordpastaria.com
 

EXIT 66

The Mill House Inn, a staple community restaurant
Credit: Daniel Brennan

Northbound Sills Road

Millhouse (284 Mill Rd., Yaphank): New American dishes, steak and seafood highlight the choices at this veteran spot. More info: 631-345-0361

Pictured: The Mill House Inn, a staple community restaurant overlooking an adjacent pond in Yaphank.

EXIT 68

Linguini with sauteed broccoli rabe, sweet italian sausage,
Credit: Daniel Brennan

Southbound William Floyd Parkway

Carlo’s Pizza (451 Glen Dr., Shirley): Pizzas and pastas. More info: 631-924-8760, carlospizzeria.com

Oriental Kitchen (451 Glen Dr., Shirley): Chinese dishes are the specialty. More info: 631-924-1334

Pictured: Linguini with sauteed broccoli rabe, sweet italian sausage, garlic, and olive oil is served at Carlo's Pizza in Shirley.

EXIT 70

Starbucks' Santa Fe Chicken Panino - Grilled chicken
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Northbound County Road 111

The Maples (10 Ryerson Ave., Manorville): American dishes, burgers, and sometimes barbecue mark the menu at the site, which was an inn and tavern since the 1880s; a biker favorite. More info: 631-727-0884

Starbucks (485 County Rd. 111, Manorville): Coffee, baked goods. More info: 631-395-8097, starbucks.com

Prima Stella (460 County Rd. 111, Manorville): Casual Italian-American. More info: 631-281-0003

Pictured: Starbucks' Santa Fe Chicken Panino.

EXIT 72

Bistro 72 in Riverhead offers a lobster roll
Credit: Doug Young

Southbound Route 25

Bistro 72 (1830 W. Main St., Riverhead): New American restaurant situated in Hotel Indigo. More info: 631-369-2200, bistro-72.com

Tanger Outlet Food Court (1770 W. Main St., Riverhead): Food court includes Nathan’s, Starbucks, Asian and Italian choices. More info: 631-369-2732, tangeroutlet.com/riverhead

Pictured: A lobster roll made with citrus tarragon cream is served at Bistro 72 in Riverhead.

EXIT 73

Greek salad with a medium-size flatbread is served
Credit: Panera Bread/Francine Zaslow

Eastbound Old Country Road

Panera Bread (11 Commerce Dr., Riverhead): Sandwiches, soups. More info: 631-727-0277, panerabread.com

Pictured: Greek salad with a medium-size flatbread is served at Panera Bread.

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