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Feb 13, 2007 09:16 AM

No Good Mexican & Brewpub Rest. on L.I.?

I've yet to try a good Mexican restaurant on Long Island that approaches even the most mediocre Mexican in southern California. I tend to go to Pancho's Cantina in Long Beach for lack of a better option.

Same goes for brewpubs...where are they? John Harvard's in Smithtown? Beer's good, but have you tried the food lately? South Hampton Public house - you tellin me I gotta drive an hour and a half...come on. Brick house Brewery in Patchogue? Never been there and haven't heard anything about it - their web page doesn't paint the most appealing picture.

Any recommendations?

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    1. Can't help out on Brew Pubs but for excellent authentic Mexican food head over to Huntington Station to a little deli with a tiny restaurant in the back called Fonda Coyoacan. Here's some more info on it. Not a place to hang out and drink margaritas but if it's chowhound-ey food you want, this is it.

      1. it's not you, I've been searching for good mexican on long island for 20 years. i'm still searching. the chains are mediocre americanized mexican. green cactus is a good fast food option, they make good fresh burritos(huge). also try another good fastfood chain called Chipotle. both have several locations. The newest, hottest and most upscale authentic Mexican is Besito of Huntington and now in Roslyn. I am in the minority here, most people really like Bessito, I was not impressed. Great tableside Guacamole, but very expensive and miniscule portion. I tried 5 or 6 other shared dishes and i really wanted to like it, i just didn't think it was great. Best part of the meal were the warm churros @ the end of the meal. I am a freak for good tequilla and they do a measured pour @ Bessito. Are you kidding me! at $13 a pour i'll take more than a measured ounce please. Give it a try maybe you'll love it and i just have a bad mexican food palate. Do not know of many brew pubs on long island, but if you want great beer and mussels, Try Waterzooi belgian bistro in Garden City. huge pots of mussels(try the creole w/ crawfish tails or paella mussels) with a list of several hundred imported beers. The beers are amazing.

        1. Just today went to the M.V office in Riverhead a restaurant right next to it called Sabor Latino appeared to be lively with Nortino /Tejano music being played I ran in grabbed a menu .Hispanic folks seemed to be enjoying the food When I look at the menu it doesn't specify whether it's Mexican or smelled good in there and I see taco,tortilla,quesadella as well as puposa on the menu .Portions looked ample that I eyeballed as I quickly went in.Any Info????

          1. Brick House is pretty good by LI standards. Their beer is decent, the food is competently executed. It's a nice friendly place to hang and drink, but don't expect anything stellar. Good beers are tap there are the Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point brewery, which is sometimes there as a guest beer. If the Brick House Saison (seasonal) is on tap, go grab it. Great beer. The backyard is pretty nice in the summer.

            You can have beer at Blue Point brewery as well. They have to do some pretty weird things to comply with the liquor laws, so call and ask hours/restrictions, etc. Like I said, go grab the Hoptical.

            Agreed with John Harvard. Food is scary bad, and I wasn't thrilled about their beer, either. Extremely high noise level.

            And yes, I wasn't able to find decent Mexican on LI either. The best luck I've had has been in Queens, and Philadelphia, where some authentic tacquerias have opened up. The LI and NY/Manhattan Mexican food scene isn't a good one.

            I'm in mourning for all of the burritos I'm missing out on. Wish I was back in Silicon Valley.