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1. CHICKEN'S ROAD, Bellmore: The house specialty at this counter-service Venezuelan spot, gallo rice ($9.75), a hybrid Chinese-South American stir-fry, combines rice, chicken, pork and vegetables ingeniously spiced, Venezuelan style. It's big enough to feed two and comes with a soda.(Credit: Yana Paskova)

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Cheap thrills: 10 bites under 10 bucks

Think $10 doesn't buy much anymore? You'll be counting your change and licking your lips if you clue into some of Long Island's top food steals. Like a crazy-good piadina. Or a hearty huarache. Or an utterly unbeatable uttupam.

Here are 10 terrific dishes we've savored at restaurants islandwide. Each is substantial enough to qualify as a meal but priced at $10 or less. So whip out an Alexander Hamilton and join us on our cheap-thrills crawl.--JOAN REMINICK, joan.reminick@newsday.com