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Long Island Favorites: Four Local Restaurants You Can’t Afford to Miss

Posted at Fri, Apr 13, 2018 10:00 AM

For even the most dedicated and enthusiastic foodie, Long Island and its bevy of quality restaurants have so much to offer. From home-cooked meals just like grandma used to make to authentic Italian and Mexican offerings, there are some truly outstanding eateries on Long Island that deserve your attention.

With this in mind, we here at Westbury Toyota have a few local favorites of our own and we’ve decided to share them with you. If you’re interested in hopping into your Toyota and trying out some different cuisines in different places around Long Island, then you simply can't afford to miss this list of exceptional culinary destinations!

Go Greek with Kyma

With an interior that transports you directly to Greece, Kyma greets visitors with an impressive display of fresh seafood on ice. All fish served here is tender, moist, and cooked to perfection. If you’d prefer something other than seafood, they also serve lamb shank coated in flavorful tomato sauce. Kyma has a large selection of salads for those who prefer leafier meals, and the portions are big enough to share.

As Joanne Starkey of The New York Times suggests, you owe it to yourself to try out the Kyma chips, which are slices of eggplant and zucchini that come with a side of tzatziki sauce. The desserts, all made in-house, are reasonably priced and range from traditional Greek to the more conventional. If you find yourself craving the best Greek food around, it’s time to head to Kyma in Roslyn.

Enjoy Homemade with The Flour Shoppe Café

For anyone who enjoys food fresh from the farm with a homemade flair, The Flour Shoppe Café in Rockville Centre is the place to be. The cafe offers up weekly lunch and breakfast specials, such as avocado toast and shrimp chowder. Fans of a hearty breakfast will enjoy the home-fried breakfast poutine, the deluxe breakfast sandwich, and the thick cut maple bacon.

Those that favor healthier breakfast options can try the granola and almond milk, the steel cut oats, and the granola parfait. Several of the cafe’s housemade items are extremely popular, including their pickles, bacon jam, and pork and turkey sausages. Anytime you’re craving fresh, homemade cooking, The Flour Shoppe Cafe should be your next stop!

A Taste of Italy at Verona Ristorante

Located in Farmingdale, Verona Ristorante offers our fellow Long Islanders classic Italian food that tastes as though it came straight from the old country. Diners can start their Italian experience by choosing from a selection of both hot and cold appetizers, including scungille (mollusk) and grilled portobello mushrooms. When it comes to the main course, you have options like the whole roasted sea bass or their authentic Caesar salad.

As the editorial staff of Newsday points out, if you’d prefer something a little more conventionally Italian, Verona Ristorante also makes a variety of delectable pizettes. This restaurant has several large, attractively decorated rooms available for private parties, making it a great choice for special occasions and family gatherings.

Find Your Comfort Food at Maureen’s Kitchen

Located on the North Shore in Smithtown, Maureen’s Kitchen is the perfect place to go on those days when you’re seriously craving some comfort food. Known as being the best breakfast restaurant on Long Island, Maureen’s offers unique takes on traditional breakfast food, such as the pistachio pancakes. If you’re a fan of a heartier breakfast, they also have corned beef hash, as well as an impressive selection of omelettes – including a kielbasa, muenster cheese, and tomato omelette.

If your breakfast preferences are a little on the sweeter side, you might consider trying the stuffed French toast (with your choice of apple, blueberry, or raspberry fillings) or some orange pecan pancakes. For those of you who do plan on stopping by for breakfast, make it a point to arrive early (especially on weekends), as it tends to get pretty busy in a hurry over at Maureen's Kitchen.

Long Island’s Local Gems

While there are undoubtedly a number of other great restaurants in the Long Island area, Westbury Toyota’s staff feels that these four favorites deserve a special nod. For anyone who loves dining out and great, authentic meals, it’s well worth it to take some time out of your day (or evening) to pay a visit to any one of these restaurants – or, if you’re really intrepid about eating out, why not visit all four? Regardless of whether you’re looking for comfort food or fresh seafood, we know you’ll love what you try at any of these local Long Island mainstays.

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