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Munchies Deli in Farmingdale: Super sopes

Sopes are topped with beans, tongue, lettuce, tomato,

Sopes are topped with beans, tongue, lettuce, tomato, cheese and crema at Munchie's Deli in Farmingdale. (Jan. 15, 2014) Photo Credit: Newsday Erica Marcus

Nothing about Munchies Deli looked promising. The name, for one, seemed determined to obscure the fact that this sliver of a storefront serves authentic Mexican and Central American food. The dining room was dark and chilly; the inserts in the steam table held a handbag, papers and a bottle of wine. The only sign of life was a young man sweeping the floor.

But on the menu there was a photo of a sope, a fat, round tortilla topped with refried beans, meat, lettuce, tomato, crema (sour cream) and grated cheese. I brake for sopes, so I sat down and ordered three of them, with lengua (braised tongue). Good call. The sopes themselves had been handmade in the kitchen, then fried to a pleasant greasiness. There was the barest smear of beans, the tongue was silky, the lettuce and tomato fresh, the grated cheese piquant. (Also, the crema was creamy.) Three sopes for $7.50.

Curiously, the sopes came on a pretty blue Fiestaware plate, but was served with a plastic fork.

All the rustic Mexican greatest hits are on the Munchies menu: tacos, tortas, enchiladas, quesadillas, flautas, chilaquiles, sincronizadas, gorditas, mole, pozole. Also: pupusas, tamales, burritos and some steak, chicken and fish. Most entrees are in the $8 range.

Munchies is right next to Rolling Spring Roll, at 191 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-852-1656. They deliver.

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