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Soul food restaurant LL Dent in Carle Place celebrates 10th anniversary

Lillian and Leisa Dent serve Southern-fried catfish with

Lillian and Leisa Dent serve Southern-fried catfish with hush puppies at their Carle Place restaurant. Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis

It’s been 10 years since LL Dent opened in Carle Place, with chef Leisa Dent serving fried green tomatoes, slab bacon and grits, fried chicken with a side of collards, and sweet potato pie for dessert. Without intending to be, Dent’s menu has been ahead of the curve, as many new restaurants nationwide debuted with menus that glorify Southern classics.

Tuesday (June 21) starting at 6:30 p.m., Dent’s mother and partner, Lillian Dent, and family host a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the restaurant with Motown sounds from DJ Ken “Spider” Webb — now on Sirius, who earned a reputation in the ’60s for his long-running show on WBLS-FM New York.

Before opening the restaurant, Dent cooked around Atlanta, Georgia, in the state where her parents were raised. She had also attended the Culinary Institute of America in upstate Hyde Park, and for a stint, served as actor Eddie Murphy’s private chef.

What’s the most popular dish on the menu among tempting selection of biscuits and gravy, spare ribs, catfish, okra, Georgia hash, pulled pork and more? It remains the fried chicken.

“My daughter’s isn’t greasy,” and it’s marinated first, said Lillian. Her favorite sides with the order remain the collard greens and the mac ‘n cheese.

221 Old Country Rd., Carle Place; 516-742-0940,

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