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Weekend picks: Kid-friendly places to eat

The child's burger is served inside a paper

The child's burger is served inside a paper car from the 1950s at Cheeburger Cheeburger on Airport Boulevard in Farmingdale. (2009) Photo Credit: Rebecca Cooney

The school year's first week sparks appetites. For knowledge, sure. And for a quick meal in a kid-friendly place, as well:

Messina Market comes through with sandwiches, wraps, panini, burgers, pastas, grilled pizzas, more. The "East Norwich" sandwich combines turkey, cream cheese and cranberry sauce on whole wheat; the "Old Brookville," grilled chicken, tomato, mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar, on focaccia.

Messina Market, 6255 Northern Blvd., East Norwich; 516- 624-6800. messinamarket.com

Satelite Pizza stands out with slices and whole pies, especially the stuffed vegetable and white pizzas. You'll also find good baked pastas, assorted Parmigianas, major sandwiches. In case the soccer team is with you, Satelite sends out a 30-inch pie to satisfy everybody.

Satelite Pizza, 799 Montauk Hwy., Bayport; 631-472-3800. satelitepizza.com

Mara's Homemade attracts you with pulled pork, chopped brisket, po'boy sandwiches with fried catfish and fried oysters, hush puppies. The house-made pies are terrific, especially chocolate cream and strawberry-almond.

Mara's Homemade, 236 W. Jericho Tpke., Syosset; 516-682-9200.

Cheeburger Cheeburger specializes, of course, in burgers, with a side of fun. There are tons of toppings. For the resisters: wraps and salads, grilled cheese and fries with dips. And, for both kids and adults, shakes and malts for a soothing touch after a hard day of studying.

Cheeburger Cheeburger, 12 Manetto Hill Mall, Plainview, 516-939-2237; and 228 Airport Plaza, Farmingdale, 631-393-6150.

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