Top-notch counter-service food

The house specialty at Chicken's Road in Bellmore

The house specialty at Chicken's Road in Bellmore is gallo rice, a hybrid Chinese-South American stir fry that combines rice, chicken, pork and vegetables with Venezuelan seasonings. (July 14, 2012) (Credit: Yana Paskova)

Efficiency and economy meet gastronomy at these three counter-serve spots, all worth seeking out.

ROAST SANDWICH HOUSE, Melville

At this classy counter- service star, virtually everything is made in house, with sandwich ingredients put together in inspired combinations. Standouts include a braised brisket and grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough. Vegetable side dishes excel.

SKINNY PIZZA, Roosevelt Field in Garden CIty and Rosyln Heights

These counter-service eateries specialize in thin-crust pies, available whole or by the slice, as well as low-calorie wraps and salads. The savory "'shroom" pizza, with its whole-wheat crust, is a runaway hit. Calorie counts posted on everything allow for informed choices.

CHICKEN'S ROAD, Bellmore

This Venezuelan eatery specializes in more than just rotisserie-roasted chicken. A must-order dish is gallo rice, a Chinese-South American stir-fry with chicken, pork and vegetables.

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