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Mara's Too (Wantagh, LI)

Scott_R | | Jan 20, 2014 12:48 PM

Finally made it to Mara's Homemade's sort-of satellite location in Wantagh, Mara's Too.

I say "sort of" in that Too is made in partnership with the main location, though I'm not certain of the exact role the people from the Syosset restaurant have with it. The menu is a little smaller, without the oysters on the half shell or similar items.

I'd been to the Syosset location exactly once and been disappointed, though I should point out the obvious that a single experience shouldn't absolutely condemn a place. Still, no one who'd gone there with me at the time had been thrilled, either. The main problem that sticks out from my memory was that the brisket I'd ordered had the taste of texture of leather.

The difference compared to my recent experience was considerable; this brisket was moist, tender, and flavorful. Smoked sausage, while not as good, was tasty enough, though I would have preferred a little more snap and chew to it. A side of rice & beans was OK, and I only say that because it didn't match my personal expectations: the beans were basically baked beans (a dish I'm ambivalent about at best), which isn't the way I'm used to how r&b is prepared--usually much less sauced and differently seasoned.

Had my one and only experience at Mara's Syosset been like this, though, it would have been on my return list; I'll definitely be going to the Wantagh location (which is closer to home) again.