For years, Long Island wandered in the BBQ wilderness, having to hit long-gone places like Tony Roma’s for a plate of ribs. Like slow-cooked meat, the LI BBQ developed on its own timetable, taking its sweet time to find the right combination of smoky meats, funky digs and the best vibe.
Long Islanders Voted Smokin’ Al’s in Bay Shore And Massapequa Park The Best Barbecue On Long Island!
19 W. Main St.
4847 Merrick Rd.
Now that Long Island is inundated with BBQ joints and even has an annual contest in Sayville, it’s easy to forget the days when we were “cue-less.” Five-time Best of L.I. winner Smokin’ Al Horowitz put an end to that with his ribs, pork and brisket in perfectly nuanced settings. He made BBQ an essential meal for the masses.
2nd Place – Zorn’s. Multiple locations. www.zornschicken.com
In their seventy years of service, they have gained many fans. They have scrumptious wraps and sandwich deals that also come with drinks. Their vegetables are quite fresh and wholesome.
3rd Place – Bobbique. 70 W. Main St., Patchogue. 631-447-7744. www.bobbique.com
Named for his daughter Bobbi, Chef Eric Rifkin has created a nice spot where one can listen to some good blues and sink their teeth into some tender, St. Louis styled ribs. Then, they can enjoy a selection of seventy different beers. What more could you want?
National - Famous Dave’s. 1060 Corporate Dr., Westbury. 516-832-7300. 716 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown. 631-360-6490. www.famousdaves.com
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