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Two new Tex-Mex eateries debut in Wading River

Avo Mexican Grill is one of the new

Avo Mexican Grill is one of the new eating spots in Wading River in October 2014 Photo Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

Two new Tex-Mex places are slinging salsa and tacos in Wading River. Let the guacamole wars begin.

There’s Avo Mexican Grill, a pretty little counter-serve eatery named for the versatile avocado, and whose interior, appropriately, is painted a lovely shade of green. The place is owned by two couples, Tara and Steve Dietz and Larissa and Joe Goller.

According to Joe Goller, the repertoire is all about sustainable eating. In season, produce is from the nearby Andrews Family Farm; meats are hormone-and-antibiotic-free. Virtually everything is made from scratch daily, including salsas and tortillas, flour and corn.

When ordering tacos (hard or soft corn or flour tortillas), burritos, bowls (tortilla-free burritos), quesadillas and nachos, you choose a protein from a list that includes local vegetables ($7), marinated grilled pork ($8), marinated skirt steak ($10), Mexican ground beef ($7), braised chicken ($8) and grilled red shrimp ($10). You can also get salads, and “avos” ($5) — half an avocado, scooped out and then mashed together with a filling such as chicken, quinoa with mushrooms and almonds, as well as vegetables.

Avo Mexican Grill is at 6274 Rte. 25A, Wading River, avogrill.com

Also, a new branch of a Sound Beach standby, Mesquite Tex-Mex, has opened on the site that formerly housed Maryanns, and, before that, The Grind. Careful you don’t drive right by, since the sign on the building still has the name of the previous occupant. That should change soon.

Inside, there’s seating for 16 and counter service in a starkly handsome Southwestern-style decor. Chef-owner Craig Scali offers a roster of tacos, salads, burritos, fajita burritos and quesadillas ($3 to $9.50). What sets this place apart is its list of  “specialty” tacos in such varieties as a jerk chicken taco ($4.75), a smoked andouille taco ($4.75), a fiery skirt steak taco ($4.75) and a duck taco ($4.75). Said Scali: “I get inspired by different foods I see when I’m out and I convert them into tacos.”

Mesquite Tex-Mex is at 2034 N. Country Rd., Wading River, 631-886-2886.

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