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Weekend picks: Give thanks for something a little different

A view of the back room of Grimaldi's

A view of the back room of Grimaldi's Pizza, 980 Franklin Ave. There is no specific party room, but either the front or rear room can be used for parties depending on the size of the group. (Nov. 20, 2008) Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

There is a simple answer to the eternal question about Thanksgiving leftovers.

Eat out.

Here are three restaurants where you'll find something different from turkey and all the trimmings, and also be braced for the shopping afterward.

Grimaldi's pizzeria in Garden Cityy doesn't have either a cranberry or sweet potato topping, just very good coal-fired, brick-oven pies. Try the white pizza, generously cheesed. Or go for the basic Neapolitan and cap it with fried eggplant or black olives. Tasty calzones, salads, too. The cheesecake comes from Junior's. Grimaldi's is at 980 Franklin Ave., Garden City; 516-294-6565.

Ephesus in Massapequa Park specializes in Mediterranean and Turkish dishes. Not a drumstick in sight. Choices include stuffed eggplant and stuffed cabbage as well as fried calamari. Also on the menu: pitas with toppings such as Turkish sausage and ground beef. Lots of lamb here, in kebabs, grilled patties and chops. Ephesus is at 514 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park; 516-543-4258.

Tweed's in RIverhead goes in for the American classic of another era: bison. You can choose bison chili and bison burgers, bison steak, bison kebabs, more. Or just sample the sesame-seared tuna, the beef burger and the spin on choucroute, which combines a smoked pork chop, pork belly, kielbasa and confit of duck leg. Tweed's is at 17 E. Main St., Riverhead; 631-208-3151.

A view of the back room of Grimaldi's Pizza in Garden City


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