Long Island picks for casual food and beverages

Jessica Vasey, a bartender at Left Coast Kitchen

Jessica Vasey, a bartender at Left Coast Kitchen in Merrick, serves a microbrew to a customer. (March 19, 2011) (Credit: Becky Holladay)

So, everybody may not know your name. But you can be sure they're always glad you came. Here are three friendly establishments for casual food and beverages to match.

LEFT COAST KITCHEN AND COCKTAILS, Merrick

One of the top gastropubs in Nassau or Suffolk, Left Coast has a solid selection of beer and wine, as well as very good food. Try the root beer-glazed pork chop, shrimp and grits, onion chowder, LCK burger, chicken and shrimp satay, lobster roll.

Left Coast Kitchen and Cocktails, 1810 Merrick Rd., Merrick; 516-868-5338, lckny.com

T.J. FINLEY'S, Bay Shore

T.J. Finley's has a first-class selection of brews on tap. To go with them, there's a pub-style menu that includes "bottle caps," or mini-cheeseburgers; big burgers; plenty of chicken wings; pulled-pork quesadilla; stout-fueled chili; a cheese-stuffed pretzel, more. You'll be ready for a pint.

BABYLON CARRIAGE HOUSE, Babylon

The BCH has an eclectic menu to complement its wines, spirits and brews. The dishes range from tuna tartare to chicken quesadillas, the namesake salad with goat cheese to the sirloin steak capped with melted Maytag blue cheese.

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