LI restaurants serving savory grilled meats, fish and chicken

The salmon kebab is a crowd pleaser at

The salmon kebab is a crowd pleaser at Tasty American Coo Coo in Huntington. (Credit: Nicole Horton)

Great grilled meat, fish and chicken often starts by being marinated in a well-spiced mixture. Grilling adds a layer of smokiness.

It's a method of cooking found in many cuisines. Here are four places to find something smoky, juicy and appealing.

SPUNTINO WINE BAR AND ITALIAN TAPAS

At this new wine bar specializing in Italian small plates, the herb-marinated lamb chops are coated with spices, grilled to delectability. ($15)

The Gallery at Westbury Plaza 1002 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-228-5400

TASTY AMERICAN COO COO

It's worth seeking out this hidden Mediterranean-Middle Eastern eatery (call for directions) for something marinated and grilled. Try the salmon kebabs, which are moist and infused with spice. ($5.75 a skewer; $14.95, platter)

46 Gerard St., Huntington, 631-923-0448

PHO MAXIA VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

This Vietnamese newcomer serves up flavor and nuance in its tender grilled pork chop over rice. ($7.25)

817 Carman Ave., Westbury, 516-414-1738

AZAFRAN COLUMBIAN RESTAURANT

The kitchen does well with marinated grilled chicken breast, thin cutlets that come off the grill smoky and surprisingly juicy. ($14.25 platter)

430 N. Country Rd., St. James, 631-686-6506

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