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Jul 25, 2013 07:04 AM

Mara's Homemade in Syosset

We were regulars at Mara's when they were in the E Village but have not been there since they moved to Syosset.
We went last night and were WOW'd!! They are in a strip mall but it's a very nice comfortable space.
A dozen tasty Gulf oysters to start and a watermelon feta salad. YUMMY!
I had some amazing, large meaty steamed crabs fresh from the Gulf. Much larger than the mini's we get here on LI.
Trophy wife got the, fresh, not frozen, shrimp boil which was tasty and spiced perfectly.
She loves her red beans and rice which was prepared perfectly.
We shared an amazing peach cobbler for dessert.
Why did we wait so long??

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  1. They're opening a second location on Merrick Rd in Wantagh, in the former home of LI Cheeseburger. I only went to the Syosset location once, and the experience was disappointing enough that I never went back. With this spot so much closer to me, perhaps I'll give them a second chance.

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    1. re: Scott_R

      You should give them another try. We had the same reaction after our first visit, except for the crawfish cake app.

      Staying away from the smoked meats, eating seafood and ordering their sauteed collards instead of the stewed ones has yielded really enjoyable meals. And I really like them.

      1. re: mcf

        Wow, "stay away from the BBQ" is a pretty big caveat!

        I don't know that the seafood offerings grab me.

        1. re: Scott_R

          If you don't like seafood, NO style isn't your thing.

          The menu is big, and there are so many very good things to eat there instead. Have you noticed the size of the menu that's not smoked meats?

          The crawfish cheesecake and the sauteed collards are eachworth the trip alone.

          1. re: mcf

            As are the steamed blue crabs. Big and meaty!!

            1. re: mcf

              I like seafood. Actually, I love seafood. I didn't say that there's nothing on the seafood menu I would order, just that it doesn't really grab me, especially removing thick/heavy or cream sauces, which I don't care for--that Crawfish Cheesecake is definitely something I would not order.

              Maybe the Blackened Redfish, or the Creole Spiced Catfish. Not the tilapia, which I view as Tofu of the Sea, plus the cream sauce is a definite No (not because of a caloric concern; I don't like heavy sauces).

              I was more taken aback by the recommendation to avoid ths smoked meats, especially since that's almost half the entrees.

              Looking over the menu again, I puzzled by the "Cajun and Southern Sides" heading. Jambalaya is a side? (and for $13?) A quarter-fried chicken is a "side"?

              1. re: Scott_R

                Scott, maybe it's just not the spot for you.

                There are lots of places that I enjoy as long as I know what to order and what not to.

                It widens my choices to operate that way, but your mileage may vary.

                1. re: mcf

                  Which, pretty much, is why I haven't gone back in the years since the first visit.