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HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

I am searching for a great REAL Tex-Mex restaurant on Long Island. Does anyone know of any?
Let me be very clear.... Taco Bell is finished. They used to be great back in the 1980's. They are no more. Nothing is fresh or natural any longer. Now I have tried Meson Ole' and it is bland. Chipolte is nothing special. Seems it tastes identical to every other item on their menu. Cookie cutter burritos with black beans and rice don't cut it for me. And the Spanish slant to the food makes it worse. I don't like Spanish food. Chilis is BS too. Every Tex Mex place I tried tastes bland or crappy. What do I want?

I want a REAL Tex-Mex place that uses WHOLE MILK CHEESES, REGULAR Sour Cream, Lard, Coconut oil, etc. I don't want gluten free, sugar free, salt free, this free or that free artificial garbage. I am human, and I eat natural. I am not a palsy and eat everything and anything God made. So if anyone knows of a genuine Tex-Mex establishment that is Food Police Free? Let me know and I will spend the big $ !!! Because my taste buds are more important than the nonsense of worrying about natural ingredients. I am a super taster.

I am looking for a place that makes burritos, enchiladas, nachos, tacos, and the like using mountains of cheese, sour cream, full fat guacamole and the rest of the heavenly ingredients like green onions, black olives, etc. and NO DIET ANYTHING on the menu please !!!! Just eat less if YOU - yes YOU are on a diet. Sheesh!

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      1. re: HUNGRYMAN8

        We love Meson Ole and all of it's cousin restaurants. Excellent salsa and chips. The service is amazing!
        That being said: Try Senor Taco and Cabo Fresh.

        1. re: Motosport

          It's so easy to get Senor Taco and Senor Nacho mixed up, Motosport. Mr. Nacho has the cheese melted all over his head...

          1. re: emarcus

            There you go!! It's Senor Taco in Mt Sinai!!

            1. re: Motosport

              As a Queens kid from the 70's whose first Mexican food experience was at Taco Bell, I understand you. Try Senor Nacho in Great Neck. They actually have some good food but they will also satisfy your cravings.


              1. re: stuartlafonda

                Thanks my friend. Appreciate the lead.

      2. re: Motosport

        We liked Meson Ole. Good salsa and chips, food was not that bad. Best drink, say margarita.
        We were so sorry to see the one in Southampton close

      3. I think this is a going to be a heavy lift here on Long Island. We have a number of authentic Mexican restaurants, many of them owned, operated and frequented by Mexicans. But the Tex Mex places tend to cater to folks who don't actually know what Mexican food is, let alone the singular cuisine of Mexicans in Texas. If you'd like authentic Mexican, suggest you try Taqueria Mexcio in Riverhead or LIttle Mexico in Westbury.

        1. If you are willing to travel to the Nassau Queens border, you might want to try K-Pacho on Union Turnpike. A little pricey but served with all the cheese and sour cream, pico de gallo , etc. The chicken Enchaladas and pretty good

          It, IMO at least a whole flight of steps above TB....

          1. Good to know. I will try those. Hope they have nacho chips fried in proper healthy coconut oil. This is what Glenn Bell used years ago, instead of the rancid tasting and toxic vegetable oils.

            1. If you want a taco bell type of place but much better try Moe's southwest grill
              They used real meat and you can watch them make it. And tell them what you want on it

              1. Worth a try, but you gotta try quite a few things to find the "sweet spot" of this place, is
                2713 Merrick Rd
                Bellmore, NY 11710
                (516) 785-9200


                A favorite hot spot that gets VERY busy 7 days a week is a sorta Cal-Mex kinda place called
                Zim Zari
                4964 Merrick Rd
                Massapequa Park, NY 11762
                (516) 809-6960
                they get awesome reviews in Newsday and the wait for a table can get to well over an hour at times, especially Monday and Tuesday afternoons and evenings.
                A "Sunburned Steak Burrito" is a very good meal chock full of tender beef, spinach, cheddar and jack cheese, cilantro lime ranch dressing, ginger lime rice and freshly blended chimichurri sauce, etc. and at $5.95 on Mondays it's the best deal anywhere on Long Island. Heck, even at $8.95 regular price one would be hard pressed to find a better burrito for the money.
                Fresh fried tortilla chips and some excellent and tasty salsa come gratis to your table to hold your appetite until the freshly made to order food arrives.
                OH! and you can always "Do it Zim Zari Style!"

                1. Try Café Margarita , there is one on Front Street in East Meadow and a new one in Hicksville on Woodbury Road. I have had the fajitas, burritos, and enchaldas. and I have enjoyed them Nice service good drinks.

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                  1. re: linsue

                    Do they use real regular cheeses? None of that 2%, 1% reduced fat plastic tasting imitation?

                    1. re: linsue

                      They have a better sister, Mangoes on Central Park ave in Bethpage.

                      Just better.


                      1. re: phantomdoc

                        Thanks for the lead. But they sure don't put much cheese on their main dishes....That is a red flag. I seek Tex Mex identical to the border States restaurants. They load up on cheese and more cheese. I don't like chincy penny pincher establishments that don't pass savings onto the consumer. When you buy in bulk? The price of goods drops.

                          1. re: James Cristinian

                            Yes ! as far as enchiladas are concerned. That is the way it should be. Swimming in cheese, I like a little enchilada with my cheese thank you. When are people going to get food right? You hear me Long Island restaurant owners? Get a life and do it right cheapskate penny wastes. Buy in bulk and pass the savings to the consumers. We want whole milk normal regular cheeses and sour cream, not that pansie girly diet crap either.

                            1. re: HUNGRYMAN8

                              Don't want to sound argumentative, but this is Long Island, not Texas. There is lots of authentic Mexican and home made style Guatamalan or Honduran food to be had; and just saying, but more cheese than food doesn't sound like something I would want to dig into myself. I can't be the only one? It's probably been tried and the idea discarded, except at chain places. If it was a money maker, everyone and his brother would be doing it!

                              1. re: coll

                                No harm in talking, don't worry. I know what you are saying. But, yes but I don't seek "Mexican" or the others you mentioned, and I know this is Long Island. Thing is we had great Tex Mex until Taco Bell was bought out by YUM brands and destroyed it. They went from the "fresh food place" using regular all natural ingredients to man made toxic pink slime and industrial solvents disguised as edible facsimiles. So I search for a true equivalent replacement.

                                1. re: HUNGRYMAN8

                                  I'm still missing Jack in the Box myself! Went to Taco Bell for the first time about a year ago (I sort of thought it was Jack in the Box, that's how much I know, wondered why the taco wasn't right) anyway couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. Yuck more than YUM. On that we can agree!

                                  Meson Ole is the one I think of when I think a giant platter of refried beans and rice, and a cheese covered entrée. Although I always got the mole poblano myself. Not sure if it gets any better than that in these parts.

                                  1. re: coll

                                    Amen. Taco Bell is worse than Alpo. I'm serious. At least in Alpo there is real 100% beef chunks.
                                    R.I.P. Taco Bell.....

                                    I went to Meson Ole' - however, yes however they use diet foods or don't use salt and regular cheeses. It was bland. And as you know I need taste.

                                2. re: coll

                                  You're not the only one, Coll.

                                3. re: HUNGRYMAN8

                                  I'm confused, Hungryman8. The list of sins committed by Long Island restaurants is long, but it does *not* include Americanized "Mexican" restaurants failing to deploy vast quantities of whole-milk cheese and full-fat sour cream. Which specific places have you been to where they skimped on fake cheese?

                                  1. re: emarcus

                                    Since the demise of Taco Bell, I have yet to find a place that can duplicate the freshness, natural, and regular (non-diet) ingredients with generous portions of years past.
                                    All I find today is low salt, low fat, gluten free, man made, unhealthy, scrutinized servings measured like in Subway sandwiches with a slide rule. I will not change my perception until I am proven wrong. Still waiting for a Glen Bell-like Tex Mex restaurant to appear. Taco Bell was ecstasy back then.

                                    1. re: emarcus

                                      I guess everyone has their thresholds?

                          2. I have no idea of the quality, just the Tex-Mex lettering on the side of a trailer out in Manorville, right between the original Grace's Hot Dogs and the newer that is now a Starbucks/Bank. It seems to be fairly popular on my drive-bys in nice weather.

                            It's LIE exit 70 south, and then just a few hundred feet on the left. One of these days my work schedule will leave time for a stop there and I'll give it a try.

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                            1. re: MacTAC

                              Sounds like a possible hit. Let us know if everything is normal, natural and NOT diet...... Thanks

                              1. re: MacTAC

                                The truck is great, but is it Tex Mex? I was told it was more authentic Mexican. I'll try to swing by there tomorrow afternoon, I've been meaning to check it out myself.

                                1. re: coll

                                  Let us know coll. Because like you mentioned.... Authentic mexican is not what I'm after. Only true Tex Mex is my taste. I have had authentic mexican food at an upscale restaurant in Fort Salonga called Ariba's, Ay Carumbas or something like that - don't recall. Al Roker was dining there the same night. I saw him in the corner table. Anyway the food was terrible. My chicken was dry and tasted like poor chicken.... I could only imagine they boiled the hell out of it. But I will never go back there again. Bleech!

                                  1. re: HUNGRYMAN8

                                    I will try to take a few photos as to fully document the experience!

                                    1. re: HUNGRYMAN8

                                      Tell me you are not talking about Aunt Chiladas. That is not authentic Mexican food in any way shape or form. (Not that you don't have the right to seek Tex Mex, and good luck to you on your quest.)

                                      1. re: emarcus

                                        No, it was Aye carrumbas or the like on Rt. 25 on North shore. Terrible food and very expensive. I had a gift card or I never would have gone there....

                                  2. re: MacTAC

                                    I've been to that place, Mesquite Tex Mex Grill. Had a few very good tacos. I'd say it was a blend of Tex Mex and Mexican. They also have a proper restaurant in Sound Beach: http://www.therestaurantsweb.com/mesq...

                                    1. re: emarcus

                                      Good to know: If I get there tomorrow I will definitely report back. My husband will be happy either way!

                                      1. re: coll

                                        Just found out they're only open Thursday through Sunday. I might just make a special trip this weekend though.

                                        1. re: coll

                                          Just finished a very nice take out dinner order at the taco truck in Manorville. Only seconds off the LIE. I ordered duck taco, fish taco, shrimp BLT taco and jerk chicken taco.

                                          First off, definitely not Tex Mex, more Baja. Four tacos were just enough for the two of us (with the free addition of tortilla chips and hot sauce). Delicious, and it seems they ARE open Weds which will suit our schedule nicely. And you can call ahead for take out, if they're not busy they will take orders in advance.

                                          Since it's not really Tex Mex I won't go into further detail, but for a quick pick up/take out they are much more than fine.

                                            1. re: Scott_R

                                              Long Island style! My husband ate most of mine, I'll have to go back soon and get one of my very own.

                                      1. The First Tortilla Grill in Rockville Centre is a good inauthentic Mexican / Tex-Mex type of place. Mostly take-out, but there's a few tables to sit and eat and enjoy. Food is cheap.

                                          1. re: Scott_R

                                            Hmm, the one thing that bothers me is that at Magic Taco - the burritos contain whole black beans. The same cookie cutter filling that Chipolte grill uses and makes all the burritos taste the same. Overwhelming taste of Cilantro with a rice filler. This is not what old Taco Bell did. Glen Bell made tasty burritos by letting the flavors of the ingredients dominate instead of Cilantro. The burrito supreme, bacon cheeseburger burrito, beef burrito, and of course the bean burrito made with refried beans, not whole black beans. I tried Chipolte and it disappointed me greatly. Leave the seasoned rice and whole beans out of my burritos thank you.

                                            1. re: HUNGRYMAN8

                                              I don't know. The last time I had Taco Bell was in the spring of 1991, and I thought it pretty awful.

                                              1. re: Scott_R

                                                There were changes that early....Like when they stopped using healthy natural coconut oil to fry the shells, chips, and wafers including the Taco Salad bowl. They switched to an industrial oil that is called "canola". This man made oil is toxic to humans and the worst oil you can consume. Made from the rapeseed plant to originally oil machinery gears. They use chemical solvents to process the oil and make it somewhat palatable. The FDA only allowed it because the Canadian government bribed them to give it GRAS status (Generally Recognized As Safe). What a joke. LOL I'll take the natural coconut oil that is cold pressed out straight from nature thanks. Even a heart surgeon came clean recently and said it is the unsaturated fats and man-made trans fats that result in heart disease and NOT the natural saturated fats such as lard the human body needs and recognizes.