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Tres causas, a dish of three mounds of

Tres causas, a dish of three mounds of potatoes, each with a different stuffing (tuna, crab and shrimp), is served at Inca Wasi in Island Park. (April 10, 2011) Credit: Steven Sunshine

The amazingly tender Galician-style octopus with paprika, olive oil and potatoes at España Tapas & Wine Bar, 655 Middle Country Rd., St. James, 631-656-1564, espanatapasli.com.

The eccentric (but somehow good) chicken avocado sun rolls with mango chili dip at ZimZari California Coastal Grill, 4964 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park, 516-809-6960, zimzari.com.

The clever little empanadas -- one filled with truffled mushrooms and cheese, the other holding the equivalent of a Cuban sandwich filling -- at Vinoco Wine Bar & Tapas, 147 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, 516-307-8056, vinocony.com.

Chuza de carne, marinated grilled Latin beef kebabs with peppers and onions, at Pollo Rico Latin Bistro, 2435 Middle Country Rd., Centereach, 631-471-0585, polloricolatinbistro.com.

Tres causas, a trio of mashed potato mounds stuffed with, respectively, crab, shrimp and tuna salads at Inca Wasi, 116 Long Beach Rd., Island Park, 516-442-5499.

Chef David Livingston's pernil (slow-roasted and pulled pork) with tortillas, guacamole and tomato salsa at Lola's Kitchen & Wine Bar, 180 W. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-442-1090.

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