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WINNIE'S, 166 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-665-9706

WINNIE'S, 166 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-665-9706

THE SOUP: Billi Bi

THE COST: $3.95, cup; $4.95, bowl

Tony Belucci, chef-owner of the decidedly modest Winnie's, delights in the tony provenance of his classic mussel bisque, Billi Bi, "named for an American living in Paris, William B. Leeds, who loved the mussel soup at Maxim's so much, they named it after him." Maxim's version couldn't be much finer than Winnie's, little more than mussels pureed into their saffron-tinged cooking broth, then garnished with more plump mussels. Call ahead to see if it's on the menu.

(Credit: Photo by Jin Lee)

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