A chicken tamale is served at Caracara Mexican Grill in...

A chicken tamale is served at Caracara Mexican Grill in Farmingdale. (2011) Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

Caracara Mexican Grill in Farmingdale recently had a chef change. Two months ago, Nestor Hernandez, who cooked at Bin 56 in Huntington and Catfish Max in Seaford, took the reins from Richard Caruso. Caruso earned 2½  stars for creating the restaurant's menu, bringing to bear his Manhattan experience at Rosa Mexicano and Pelea Mexicana.

Caracara's repertoire remains the same as it’s been from the start, said owner Peter Rousakis. Fondly recalled from past visits are a lush chicken tamale, still $9, and a quartet of soft corn tacos, which continue to cost $17 at lunch and $18 at dinner.

Caracara Mexican Grill is at 354 Main St., Farmingdale; 516-777-2272

The chicken tamale at Caracara Mexican Grill in Farmingdale