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Good bar food--super salsa and great guacamole

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Good bar food--super salsa and great guacamole

Martha Gehan | Nov 2, 2000 03:30 PM

I watched one of the World Series games with a group of friends in a little bar on Bedford Street called Daddy-O's. According to one of my friends, who considers this place her local, the cook is Mexican. So, when after a couple of very good margaritas we decided to order a bite, I thought anything Mexican would be the way to go. And was it! My shrimp quesadilla, which was the size of a dinner plate, was very nice--greaselessly fried, stuffed with good shrimp and just enough cheese. It had obviously been freshly cooked and was nicely seasoned. Your average Tex-Mex, but prepared with thought and care. But what pushed it towards the sublime were the two little cups of garnish on the side. The salsa was absolutely wonderful-all the vegetables finely chopped and of uniform size, seasoned perfectly, fiery without being a palate-scorcher--the tastes sang. I didn't taste the guacamole at first because I usually don't care for it--most restaurants serve up a slick, bland concoction that I can live without. But after I saw how delighted one of my companions was, I tried it, and--wow! Like everything else I had, this just tasted SO fresh-- it was subtly spicy with citrus undertones--just delicious. So if you're near 7th Ave. & Bedford and feel like having a margarita my advice is--go for the quesadilla too. Can't wait to go back and try the taco. Daddy-O's also serves fried tater tots, which are better than they sound!

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