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Weekend Picks: 3 presidential restaurants

Filet mignon with vegetables, mashed potatoes and crispy

Filet mignon with vegetables, mashed potatoes and crispy onions is served for lunch at Canterbury's Oyster Bar & Grill in Oyster Bay. (Oct. 28, 2010) Credit: Jesse Newman

When you celebrate Washington and Lincoln, do it with American food and drink. Three restaurants where you'll find both:

Canterbury's in Oyster Bay serves satisfying fare in Theodore Roosevelt's hometown. The casual oyster bar and grill naturally has a good selection of briny bivalves. Also, sample the fried oysters with a mustard rémoulade sauce, blue claw crabcakes, the bacon-wrapped filet mignon and the sirloin burger.

Canterbury's, 46 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay; 516-922-3614,

Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow revels in traditional American appointments and homey cooking. Meat loaf with mashed potatoes, chicken potpie, baby back ribs, a pork T-bone, flatiron steak, pan-roasted wild salmon and shrimp cocktail are among the staples. Try the pineapple Napoleon and the coconut cream pie, too.

Cooperage Inn, 2218 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow; 631-727-8994, cooperageinn .com

The Lake House in Bay Shore excels with New American cuisine and local ingredients. The handsome waterside restaurant's inviting dishes include crisp-skinned Long Island duck breast and duck-and-fruit sausage, dry-aged rib-eye steak with Yukon Gold potatoes, pan-seared striped bass and herb-roasted chicken.

The Lake House, 240 W. Main St., Bay Shore; 631-666-0995,


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