RoadsideEats

Who would ever think that we would be telling you about a McDonalds' restaurant? But, this is no ordinary Mickey Dees. In fact, there is only one other even remotely similar in the entire country. We have all heard the term "McMansion", these cookie cutter large homes that all look the same. This is the reverse, a McDonalds made out of mansion. In the late 1980s McDonalds bought a former farmhouse. Their idea was to tear it down and build yet another McDonalds. The estate they wanted to build on was a former farmhouse for the Denton Family, decedents of a founding family of Hempstead.

The community felt the site was historic and shouldn't be torn down. In 1988, town officials granted the farmhouse historic landmark status. Rather than give up on the idea, McDonalds decided to renovate the structure into one of its restaurants. This wasn't such a farfetched idea. After all, the house has been a restaurant since 1930. First it was the Charred Oak Manor, and then it became Dallas Ribs. The plan was approved, and McDonalds number 12000 was open for business in 1991. So, if you are in New Hyde Park and having a Big Mac attack, you can dine in an 1875 farmhouse. By the way, the only other one of its kind is in Freeport, Maine.
RIVERHEAD STAR CONFECTIONERY
This quaint Riverhead eatery has been serving Main Street for generations. It is a blend of luncheonette, diner, ice cream parlor, and candy shoppe. If you want to dine somewhere and have that antique Americana charm then this is the right place.     Read more...  
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If you are looking for some real Main Street dining right here on Long Island, look no further. The Sayville Modern Diner is a railroad-car style diner on Main Street in the village of Sayville. This place dates back to the 1930s and hasn't changed much since then. Check out the old picture they have behind the counter of when the place was new, then order a burger, fries and a shake and have a great meal. It's odd that they still call it the "modern" diner. Read more...
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Converted from an old fashioned diner, Spicys is a real treat. Don't worry if you don't like your food spicy hot because their own brand of hot sauce comes on the side. They serve fried foods including clams, chicken and brisket. There is no table service, instead food is ordered at the counter. The place still has the look and feel of the old fashioned diner it inhabits. So if your in the mood for something fried and spicy, head on over to Riverhead, on Route 25 you'll find Spicys.
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Reina's Diner is an old fashioned style diner siting on Horseblock Road in Farmingville. It now serves up authentic Latin American food along with clasic diner favorites like burger platers. Its small and cozy as any good roadside eatery should be. Read more...
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