Foodie Gossip March 2014

The Churrasqueira Luso Restaurant
Smithtown

The heritage is fully explained by this eatery’s moniker. Owner Luisa Batista hails from the Portuguese province of Luso, and the specialties in that corner of the world are cooked on “churrasqueiras,” or wood-char grills. Decidedly American selections like prime rib, kebobs and swordfish get the smoky treatment, but be prepared for the Brazilian “rodizio” style of service: The food keeps coming until servers are told stop.

Groppelo’s
Port Washington

An atypical story in these parts: Italian cuisine via Brazil. Owner Maury Soares received vital tutelage from his grandfather in a restaurant outside Rio de Janiero the elder owned for 40 years. That means all the old faves are present (check out the assortment of pizzas), but shimmerings of Latin America are there—the shrimp entrée comes with a housemade pico de gallo and Maury’s Sangria is made with a secret recipe by the man himself.

Tullulah’s
Bay Shore

A recent renovation and expansion has this South Shore small plates spot bringing a hip Brooklyn/antique French bistro vibe. The winter dinner menu has Gallic touches aplenty. The straight-from-the-farmhouse rabbit stew is a good example, containing an assortment of beans and a tomato confit. Shellfish gets plenty of love—witness the oysters three ways, pan seared scallops and PBR mussels.

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