Casual seafood restaurants on Long Island: 3 picks

Joanne and Herb Handler of Freeport chat at

Joanne and Herb Handler of Freeport chat at the bar at Rachel's Waterside Grill. (May 6, 2010) (Credit: Michael Falco)

On this island, finding simply prepared and pleasing seafood can be a quest. Here are three destinations where the search is a success.

ALEXANDROS, 1060 Rte. 25A, Mount Sinai; 631-928-8600

The theme is Greek, with first-class appetizers, moussaka, lamb and beef dishes. But the main events at Alexandros have fins. Go for the perfectly grilled, pristine whole fish, especially red snapper. Save room for the baklava and rice pudding.

THE CULL HOUSE, 75 Terry St., Sayville; 631-563-1546

Near the Fire Island ferry and close to the hearts of informal seafood fans, The Cull House lures you with its raw bar, steamed clams and mussels, fish and chips, steamers, fried calamari, steamed lobster, lobster rolls and the clambake.

RACHEL'S WATERSIDE GRILL, 281 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport; 516-546-0050

This mainstay along Freeport's Nautical Mile knows the drill and sends out well-steamed or broiled lobsters, lobster rolls, crabcakes, New England- inspired clam chowder, sesame ahi tuna salad, local flounder and a raw platter for two.

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