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Five Must-Eat Massapequa Meals

Get your stomach ready for the new guard of tasty dishes.

Every Massapequan knows and loves the fries from , the slices from Pappalardo's, and the banana splits from . So isn't it time to add a few new classics to the local menu? Here are five lesser known—but equally delicious—dishes from some of the town’s top eateries. Your taste buds will thank you!

Al’s Specialty Baby Back Ribs: They’re smoked for six hours, they’re covered in three coats of tangy BBQ sauce, and they’re so tender the meat falls right off the bone. Add a side of sweet potato fries, and you’ve got the ideal down-home meal.

Roast Pork Egg Foo Young: This old school take-out joint bydoesn’t deliver, take credit cards, or have a lick of ambiance. What it does have is classic “Brooklyn style” Chinese food (i.e., the type your grandparents used to eat), the best example of which is its sweet and salty Roast Pork Egg Foo Young.

Karisik pide: : Pide (pronounced pea-day), a pocketless version of pita, is fluffy in some places, crispy in others, and delicious all over. The “Karisik,” or mixed version, combines sausage, pastrami, ground beef, cheese, tomato, and peppers into a pizza-like Turkish delight.

Mashed Potato Wontons: If there is any spud-related menu item in town that can challenge the supremacy of All American fries, it’s this flavor-packed pocket of cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream, and chives. Note: Pair with a hoppy microbrew for optimal effect.

Zeppole: Carmella’s Pizza & Restaurant: If you’re slinging zeppole to a town full of Italians, you’d better not mess around. One bite of Carmella’s delicately fried, perfectly powdered balls of dough, and you’ll know this homey joint is deadly serious. But be warned: at just $5/dozen, addiction is a very real possibility.

Did we miss one of your favorite Massapequa dishes? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kristen Ferrari January 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Patrick, you picked some great places. Your descriptions make it hard to choose where to go first!!
Edward Robinson (Editor) January 22, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Same here. I get hungry reading this.
LI January 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Food might be good at Carmelas, but its the UNfriendliest place around...which is just as important...and thanks for the ChungMei info...will definately try it out. Agree about Ephesus-try it all!DELICIOUS!!!!
Jon, Massapequa January 22, 2012 at 04:07 PM
What I don't like about Smokin' Als is precisely what you mentioned - you CANNOT get a piece of meat that is not already coated in sauce. Some of us BBQ aficionados just want to taste the smoke .... at Tennessee Jed's on Merrick Road in Wantagh ( http://www.tennesseejeds.li/ ) you can sample some excellent meats smoked to perfection. And you can add sauce if you want to.
Pequa Mom January 22, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I know it's not actually located in Massapequa, but our close neighbor, Seaford.The best fried calamari, (nonna's) meatballs, and cannoli's, are at Cara Mia Due, on Merrick Road. We have soooo many great Italian eateries located in Massapequa.....it is difficult to single out just one (but I do favor...Marsala's)!
John Rennhack January 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Nonna's Lentil Soup from Phil's is excellent.
Rose Walker January 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Rose Walker I agree Carmellas has the most delicious desserts, especially the flourless chocolate cake and the fried cheesecake!!! I have always had a great dining experience anytime I've gone there, the girl behind the counter (with the bandana) is the friendliest, happiest, and just so welcoming when you go in there! I go there once a week! YUMMY!!!!!!
Jessica Clark January 24, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I totally disagree! I go there ALL the time and the employees are always friendly! They don't treat you like you're some random customer they don't care about, they treat you like a friend. they know their customers by name and as soon as I walk in the door they have my order ready for me on the counter! If you're early to pick it up, you don't mind waiting a few minutes for your order to come out because the people behind the counter talk to you or make jokes with you, unlike other places where they just have you pay and then ignore you until your food is ready. The waiters are so polite also! They're always very attentive and are eager to help you with whatever you need! there's a reason why so many people like me have been going there for 30 years. Not just for the great food, but for the great service!
Kristen Ferrari January 24, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I've always found Carmela's to be delicious and the staff friendly. Everyone has a bad day. I'd suggest you give them another try.
John Rennhack January 24, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I'm not a regular customer but every time I've been to Carmela's I feel like a regular. Always friendly staff. And their Grandma Pie is great.
leeanne January 25, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Don't forget Carmella's awesome Sicilian pizza. It's the best I've ever had! Watching what you eat??? They have the most delicious salads (and the best part is you can even buy the homemade dressing before you leave!) A definite stop if you're in the area.
Andrew J. Hyatt January 27, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Honestly we got tired of bad attitude and expensive (so so) pizza. There's lots of that in Massapequa. If you want friendly, delicious and reasonable give, Fredo's on Merrick Rd a try.
Jessica Zanco February 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I second the post about Tennessee Jeds. We used to live in Seaford before moving to Massapequa and Jed's was our favorite place for sitting in/takeout/delivery food. We tried Smokin' Al's once and it just doesn't compare. Now keep in mind, Jed's is a small mom and pop place - Paco is the chef, Julie (his wife) is usually the waitress. Only a few tables but definitely worth it.
Jessica Zanco February 05, 2012 at 01:42 PM
We now live a few blocks away from Carmela's - I've never had an unfriendly experience (they are our go-to Italian place) but I'm sure it can seem that way when they are incredibly busy, which they usually are during peak times. Danielle, the woman usually behind the counter is very sweet and always aims to please her customers (she's also the dessert chef - very talented!)

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