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Lunch Specials in East Meadow, LI

Paul Trapani | Sep 20, 2004 01:09 AM

Taste of Portugal, mentioned previously here and in Chow Alert, has ridiculously cheap takeout lunch specials. For $2.99 you get a sandwich and a 12 oz soda. Choices are:

Pepper Steak
Portuguese Omelet
Fried Chicken
Pork Cutlet
Ham & Egg

I haven't tried this special, yet, but the food I've had here has been very good. They also mention a complete lunch starting at $6.99. Also the following lunch specials for two range in price from $10.95 to $13.95.

Tuesday - Paelha
Wendesday - Pork and Clams
Thursday - Mariscada (a seafood stew)
Friday - Grilled Brook Trout
Saturday - Portuguese Surf and Turf
Sunday - Espetada Mista (mixed kebab combination)

Taste of Portugal
503 B Newbridge Road
East Meadow, NY 11554
516-409-1965

In the same shopping center is a new takeout (with a few tables for eating there) place called Basil Garden that claims to be an Asian Fusion restaurant. They have lunch specials for around $5.00 that include soup and white, brown or fried rice.

The menu is definitely all over the place, with a heavy emphasis on Thai food. I took a shot in the dark and ordered Peanut Chicken because it promised "sweet potato strips," but I guess in Asian Fusion land that means two boiled cubes of sweet potato. The peanut sauce didn't quite match what I had in mind. I can say that the bok choy in the dish was perfectly cooked and delicious, so I think it was just a bad order. Worth further exploration.

Basil Garden
503C Newbridge Road
East Meadow, NY 11554
516-679-8855

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