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Pigging out on National Bacon Day

Silvers in Southampton serves a generously layered bacon,

(Credit: Doug Young)

Aug. 31 is National Bacon Day. As if anyone needed an excuse to order a dish made with  crispy, salty and altogether irresistible strips of pig meat.

Here are three bacon-enhanced dishes we’re particularly partial to:

The smoky bacon-topped baked clams ($7.95) at KB's Burger Shack in Patchogue. KB’s Burger Shack is at 411 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-627-6677, burgershackpatchogue.com.

The...

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Suozzi v. Haber in pasta primaries

Left, Democratic candidate for Nassau County Executive Thomas

(Credit: Howard Schnapp, Danielle Finkelstein)

According to current polls, the race for Democratic nomination for the Nassau County executive seat has Tom Suozzi leading Adam Haber, 58 to 25 percent. When it comes to calamari and baked clams, however, the two appear to be in a dead heat.

You see, both politicos have major involvements in Nassau County Italian restaurants: Suozzi is married to the lead investor at Stango’s at the Orchard...

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Long Island restaurants: This week’s reviews

The empanadas are crisp and flaky at Sabroso

(Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick)

In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Sabroso in East Meadow. “If you've never before tasted the lively cuisine of the Dominican Republic, consider Sabroso for those crucial first bites,” she writes. While the little eatery is “low on amenities,” the good food, ample portions and low prices make it “a winner.”

Peter Gianotti visits One Main, which “fits neatly into downtown Babylon,...

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Kabab house joins global Bethpage enclave

Exterior of Madina Kebab House in Bethpage. (Aug.,

(Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick)

Madina Kabab House, specializing in the grilled fare of Afghanistan, just opened in a Bethpage strip mall space situated alongside Pinatas Mexican Grill. The counter-serve eatery is an offshoot of the nearby Madina Market, which features Middle Eastern groceries. Interestingly, the adjacent strip mall houses The Orient, one of Long Island’s most authentic Chinese restaurants. Which makes this little...

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La Pace with Chef Michael closes, Glen Cove restaurant a staple

Michael Mossallam's La Pace with Chef Michael features

(Credit: Yana Paskova)

La Pace with Chef Michael, a fixture in Glen Cove for more than 30 years, has closed.

Chef-owner Michael Mossallam said that between the taxes, the mortage, the punishing schedule, the increasing cost of doing business, the decreasing dinner checks and the generally soft economy, he just couldn't see his way forward. He recently took a job as executive chef at Brookville Country Club in Old...

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Gordon Ramsay makeover Classic American closes

Gordon Ramsay

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When the little West Babylon eatery Classic American was floundering, its owners called in the big gun: Gordon Ramsay. Following a “Kitchen Nightmares” makeover in November of 2010, which aired two months later, the place experienced a major turnaround. Now, almost three years after that Ramsay visit, it has closed.

Back in February, the place garnered a two-star Newsday review with such well-executed...

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North Fork Foodie Tour 2013

Sang Lee Farms in Peconic. (June 20, 2013)

One of the North Fork’s signature events returns for its seventh year on Sunday, Sept. 8: The 2013 Foodie Tour, sponsored by North Fork Reform Synagogue. Tickets are required, but the tour is self guided, taking visitors to more than a dozen farms and vineyards and affording them the opportunity to meet artisans and chefs who turn the region's agricultural bounty into some of Long Island’s most...

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Friendly lunch at Verona in Farmingdale

At Verona in Farmingdale, linguine with clam sauce

(Credit: Newsday Erica Marcus)

Nothing brightens up a meal like a friendly face. Even before I looked at the menu at Verona, I spotted Omar Ortega, longtime maitre ’d at Luigi Q in Hicksville and, more recently, partner at Bivio in Huntington — which he left a few months ago.

Ortega, who is now running the dining room at Verona, was in full-on host mode: greeting customers, checking on their lunches, bidding them farewell....

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26 restaurants named by their numbers

490 West in Carle Place. (Jan. 22, 2013)

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Last time we took a survey of restaurants with numbers in their names, we counted 16. That was about a year and a half ago – and we were only talking about places named for their addresses.

Add to that other number-named restaurants (area codes, expressway exits, dates and more) and taking into account all the openings and closings, an update is in order.

So, here’s where we stand now,...

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New chef, menu at Hemingway's in Wantagh

This is the fresh spinach fettuccine with shrimp

(Credit: Handout)

Nick Hannides, who was chef-owner of the former Graffiti in Woodbury, has taken over the kitchen of Hemingway’s American Bar & Grill in Wantagh.

Hannides has developed a new menu, which features such dishes as onion-crusted chicken breast, a former Graffiti’s specialty ($17.95), slow-and-low- braised short rib ($23.95), and fresh spinach fettuccine with shrimp and salmon ($19.95). Desserts,...

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