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A new branch of the Northport-based Cilantro Mexican Inspired Food is now composing tacos, burritos, fajitas and salads in the Huntington space last occupied by Wild Rocket.
Lots has changed since the original Cilantro opened last year, according to owner Artie Burke, who collaborated with chef Christian Velasco on the current menu at both places, now equipped with convection ovens.
The...Read more »
If you have a craving for the fragrant chicken stew, hearty vegetable chili or messy-good fajita burritos at Gold Mine Mexican Grill in Greenlawn, you have until about 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve to get over there for your fix. After that the popular little Tex-Mex eatery is closing its doors. Chef-owner Dave Bermejo said that the lease was not renewed.
But that doesn’t mean the end for Gold Mine....Read more »
Del Fuego, the lively Tex-Mex restaurant in St. James, has sprouted a new Babylon offshoot. It takes over the space that last hosted the short-lived Blue Chill.
The menu is identical at both Del Fuego locations, which also boast bar scenes and large selections of tequilas and craft beers. Food options include BBQ pork fried wontons ($11), turkey-chorizo chili ($7), chicken fajitas ($16) and...Read more »
Faz’s Tex-Mex Grill in Huntington has moved a few doors down into larger quarters. Now, the casual eatery occupies the former home of Juice Box on the corner of Wall and Gerard streets. Glass doors open to the street, making for an indoor-outdoor eating experience in good weather.
On the menu: grilled steak flour taco ($2.48), grilled chicken hard shell taco ($2.95) chicken stew over rice...Read more »
Chico’s Tex Mex Grill makes its Syosset debut in the former home of a self-serve yogurt eatery. According to co-owner Marcello Caccialino, the counter service spot offers seating at three tables. Takeout is big here.
On the menu are Santa Fe wings ($4.95 to $8), a fajita salad ($6.95; add $2 for chicken, $2.50 for steak, $3 for shrimp); arroz con pollo, or chicken with rice ($7.50); ...Read more »
A burrito can be whatever you want it to be at the new East Coast Burrito Co. in East Setauket. The new casual counter-serve eatery offers a “build-a-burrito” option, allowing eaters to get creative with a set list of Tex-Mex ingredients.
“People like to customize their food,” said chef co-owner Tim Martino, who cooked at Toast in Port Jefferson. For $8.95, you get to pick a protein — like...Read more »
Tonight at 5 p.m., Cilantro Mexican Inspired Food gets cooking in the former Northport digs of The Original Kasper’s Hot Dogs. The new counter-serve eatery shares ownership with the nearby Nina’s Pizzeria.
The setup at Cilantro resembles the one at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Move down a line, select the ingredients you want and the counter person puts together either a burrito, a tortilla-free...Read more »
Facing onto a Riverhead municipal parking lot that's behind the Japanese restaurant Haiku, you'll find a little Tex-Mex cafe called Blue Agave Mexican Grill. As it turns out, both Blue Agave and Haiku share ownership with Hy Ting, a venerable Chinese restaurant nearby.
Late one recent afternoon, after catching sight of a Blue Agave sign outside Haiku, I headed around back to check out the...Read more »