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Where to Eat Along the Long Island Expressway Heading East

This is the fast track to the beaches

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The bar at Market Bistro
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The road Out East can be interminable, but even along the LIE there are interesting stops to break up the trip. From a standard bistro, to a taqueria in a former pizzeria, here are some recommendations.

Note: Restaurants are listed based on geography, west to east.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Biscuits & Barbeque

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Tucked in a railroad car diner, here’s the close-in spot for smoked meats, hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, chicken, and flaky biscuits. Save room for peach cobbler or pecan pie. Open til 9 p.m., this is a true mom and pop.

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Market Bistro

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Housed in the parking lot next to the Whole Foods, this is a good stop if you’re looking for a grocery store to stock up. Market Bistro offers straightforward fare from a father-son team. There’s requisite subway tile and chalkboard menu, with a menu of crowd pleasers, with starters like steak tartare or market greens, and mains like a local fish sandwich, bison burgers, or summer ravioli.

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The Orient Odyssey

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In a sleek dining room remodeled last year, this Hong Kong-style restaurant from Tommy Tan is lined with fish tanks along one wall. Look for pork fried- or shrimp dumplings among starters and dishes like braised scallops with black pepper sauce, or mixed seafood with crispy noodles. The menu is vast. There’s dim sum on weekends.

Nelly's Taqueria

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Owner and Houston native Will Colon and his wife, El Salvadorean Nelly Palacios opened this terrific taco stop serving migas for breakfast — as well as tacos, flautas, tacos chuchos, and more, all of them starting with house-made tortillas. Among drinks, there’s the locos, a halved melon or pineapple drink that includes sliced mango, cucumber and celery spears, all of it sprinkled with powdered chili and dressed with chamoy, a condiment of fruit pulp, lime, spices and chiles. It is a spectacle.

Dosa World

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Dosa World is one of scores of Indian restaurants that have opened in Hicksville in the past couple years, with Curry Hill vets from Chennai Garden by Tiffin Wallah setting up shop. Consider the aloo tikki or a variety of chaats for starters, followed by a crispy rava dosa or the Jaipur masala dosa with spicy paneer onion, tomato, chiles, and peas.

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Biscuits & Barbeque

Photo: Biscuits & Barbeque

Tucked in a railroad car diner, here’s the close-in spot for smoked meats, hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, chicken, and flaky biscuits. Save room for peach cobbler or pecan pie. Open til 9 p.m., this is a true mom and pop.

Photo: Biscuits & Barbeque

Market Bistro

Photo: Market Bistro

Housed in the parking lot next to the Whole Foods, this is a good stop if you’re looking for a grocery store to stock up. Market Bistro offers straightforward fare from a father-son team. There’s requisite subway tile and chalkboard menu, with a menu of crowd pleasers, with starters like steak tartare or market greens, and mains like a local fish sandwich, bison burgers, or summer ravioli.

Photo: Market Bistro

The Orient Odyssey

In a sleek dining room remodeled last year, this Hong Kong-style restaurant from Tommy Tan is lined with fish tanks along one wall. Look for pork fried- or shrimp dumplings among starters and dishes like braised scallops with black pepper sauce, or mixed seafood with crispy noodles. The menu is vast. There’s dim sum on weekends.

Nelly's Taqueria

Owner and Houston native Will Colon and his wife, El Salvadorean Nelly Palacios opened this terrific taco stop serving migas for breakfast — as well as tacos, flautas, tacos chuchos, and more, all of them starting with house-made tortillas. Among drinks, there’s the locos, a halved melon or pineapple drink that includes sliced mango, cucumber and celery spears, all of it sprinkled with powdered chili and dressed with chamoy, a condiment of fruit pulp, lime, spices and chiles. It is a spectacle.

Dosa World

Dosa World is one of scores of Indian restaurants that have opened in Hicksville in the past couple years, with Curry Hill vets from Chennai Garden by Tiffin Wallah setting up shop. Consider the aloo tikki or a variety of chaats for starters, followed by a crispy rava dosa or the Jaipur masala dosa with spicy paneer onion, tomato, chiles, and peas.

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