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Last night at Caracara Mexican Grill, I was happy to see that the two items I desired, tortilla soup and enchiladas Suizas, were offered on the special $19.95 menu. (I’d been prepared to pay $24.) My pal also decided on the soup, plus tacos de res, soft corn tortillas filled with grilled hanger steak (which would have cost $23 sin el especial).
First, though, we ordered guacamole. Our waitress wheeled over a little cart, asked us if we wanted mild, medium or hot, and proceeded to cut open avocados and mix their flesh with various seasonings. It may be a Mexican restaurant cliche, but I’m a sucker for tableside guacamole. It was delicious.
Then the soup showed up. In front of each of us was placed a wide, shallow bowl containing shreds of chicken, matchsticks of tortilla, crema and a wedge of avocado. Then the waiter hoisted a rustic-looking pitcher and poured the soup over the garnish. It was smoky, rich . . . delicious.
Our mains were just as good, if less dramatic. The enchiladas Suizas, filled with tender chicken and sauced with a creamy-tart tomatillo sauce were bright and fresh. As were the three overstuffed tacos.
The $19.95 menu is offered Sunday through Tuesday. Appetizers include salad with jicama, avocado and mango; fried chicken flutes; mushroom quesadillas and the tortilla soup. For mains, it’s the enchiladas Suizas or beef, chicken or fish tacos.
Caracara Mexican Grill is at 354 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-777-2272.