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Fuego Picante's smoked short-rib nachos, topped with fresh (Credit: Johnny Simon)

Fuego Picante's smoked short-rib nachos, topped with fresh salsa and an avocado crema (May 4, 2013)

Fuego Picante

Fuego Picante in East Meadow is subtitled a "Mexican smokehouse and cantina." To underscore the theme, there's a wall devoted to the images of a cowboy and a señorita, he advising about appetite, she about heat. The rest of the joint is equally subtle.

Fuego Picante in East Meadow served barbecue and
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(Credit: Johnny Simon)

Fuego Picante in East Meadow served barbecue and Mexican cuisine. (May 4, 2013)

Fuego Picante features a slick, warm interior with
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Fuego Picante features a slick, warm interior with bright orange hues. (May 4, 2013)

Tequila fuels things at Fuego Picante, and the
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Tequila fuels things at Fuego Picante, and the selection is both extensive and well chosen. (May 4, 2013)

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Fuego Picante offers plenty of tequila choices for
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(Credit: Johnny Simon)

Fuego Picante offers plenty of tequila choices for your margarita. (May 4, 2013)

Fuego Picante head chef Omar Bello (May 4,
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(Credit: Johnny Simon)

Fuego Picante head chef Omar Bello (May 4, 2013)

Fuego Picante's smoked short-rib nachos, topped with fresh
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(Credit: Johnny Simon)

Fuego Picante's smoked short-rib nachos, topped with fresh salsa and an avocado crema (May 4, 2013)

Fuego Picante serves shrimp, with a masa corn
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Fuego Picante serves shrimp, with a masa corn cake, in a tomatillo-chili butter sauce. (May 4, 2013)

Fuego Picante makes a tasty
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Fuego Picante makes a tasty "fire-grilled barbecue" grouper on mashed potatoes and a corn-cilantro saute. (May 4, 2013)

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