3 restaurants for south-of-the-border cuisines

Fish tacos are served at La Casa Latina

Fish tacos are served at La Casa Latina in Westbury. Photo Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

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The cuisines of Mexico, South America and Central America season Long Island. Here are three restaurants where you'll contentedly find them.

LA CASA LATINA, 611 Old Country Rd., Westbury; 516-280-7795

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Several cuisines are featured at La Casa Latina in Westbury. Go for the shrimp ceviche and paprika-tinted grilled octopus; the sardine-stuffed tomato and the steak tacos; the Salvadoran platter with grilled steak and fried pork and Argentine barbecue with sausages, short ribs and offal.

CINCO DE MAYO, 3725 Middle Country Rd., Calverton; 631-591-2474

Naturally, the fare is Mexican, at this informal, friendly restaurant in Calverton. Consider the grilled skirt steak with chimichurri, chicken enchiladas with green-chile sauce, mole poblano, pig's ear tacos, pork tacos, huevos ranchero, scrambled eggs with chorizo, freshly made guacamole.

PERFECTO MUNDO, 1141 Jericho Tpke., Commack; 631-864-2777

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Latin-fusion is the theme at this spirited kitchen in the Northgate Shopping Center in Commack. Winners include lobster-and-roasted corn chowder; seafood paella; the shrimp ceviche tostone; "bang bang" shrimp; coriander-crusted pork tenderloin, yucca frites and fried plantains.

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