The quesadilla is a Mexican-born specialty consisting of a tortilla folded in half around a filling of cheese or cheese plus something savory. It may be grilled, griddled or even deep-fried. Cut into wedges, it's ideal for sharing.
Here are some of Long Island's best quesadillas, plain and fancy.
LUCHARITOS TAQUERIA & TEQUILA BAR, 119 Main St., Greenport, 631-477-6666, lucharitos.com
At this wrestler-themed eatery, simple cheese quesadillas are oozy and especially fine when topped with the house guacamole that's served alongside.
COZYMELS, 1177 Corporate Dr., Westbury, 516-222-7010, cozymels.com
This sprawling Mexican spot serves a fine spinach quesadilla stuffed with mushrooms, red onion, poblano peppers and melted cheese.
MARIA'S MEXICAN & LATIN CUISINE, 211 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset, 631-979-7724, marias211.com
Try the quesadilla Cubana at this pan-Latin spot. It's filled, Cuban sandwich-style, with roast pork, ham, cheese and pickles and qualifies as an inspired treat.
TONY CUBAN CUCINA & COCKTAILS, 507 Guy Lombardo Ave., Freeport, 516-442-0565, tonycubanrestaurant.com
This Cuban-Italian hybrid with a water view serves a meltingly good pulled pork quesadilla with caramelized onions, Cheddar and roasted red peppers.
CRAZY BEANS, 97A Main St., Stony Brook, 631-675-6964
This freewheeling breakfast and lunch spot serves a bodacious barbecue chicken quesadilla in a whole-wheat tortilla.