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Tex-Mex mix

The exterior of Pinatas in Bethpage

The exterior of Pinatas in Bethpage Photo Credit: Ken Spencer, 2009

Neither strictly Mexican nor exclusively Texan, Tex-Mex is a cuisine that's big on meat, beans, tomatoes and tortillas. Cheese figures prominently, as do bright salsas. Guacamole, too. Here are places to hook up with this lively hybrid: 

 

PIÑATAS MEXICAN GRILL 

FOOD 2 stars

601 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage

516-681-8282, pinatasmexicangrill.com

COST $

At this contemporary Tex-Mex spot, you'll find a soft corn taco filled with tongue, a true Mexican specialty. The array of fresh salsas pairs nicely with the well-put-together quesadillas, burritos and tacos. 

 

GOLD MINE MEXICAN GRILL 

FOOD 2 stars

99 Broadway, Greenlawn

631-262-1775

COST $

For more than a decade, Dave Bermejo has been offering a lively menu of Tex-Mex tacos, wraps, burritos, fajitas and platters. His repertoire of specials changes daily. 

 

SALSA SALSA 

FOOD 2 stars

320 Maple Ave., Smithtown

631-360-8080

142 Main St., Port Jefferson

631-473-9700

893 Montauk Hwy., Bayport

631-419-6464, salsasalsa.net

COST $

At all these colorful burrito spots, fresh ingredients are put together in interesting ways. The deeply flavorsome chipotle chicken and white bean chili is a winner.

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