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Deer Park notes and Selden Kebob House


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Deer Park notes and Selden Kebob House

Niko McBrain | Aug 12, 2003 04:52 PM

In a post now deleted for egregious profanity, I mentioned that I had been spending much time in Suffolk County for copulating purposes. This continues to be the case, and I've been eating well between rounds.

I was at a block party in Bay Shore with the little [sic] lady and ate some excellent jerk chicken and roast pork. I found the fellow who made it and he said he had some sort of connection with Cuyah, a Jamaican place on Deer Park's filthy Long Island Avenue (a few blocks east of Deer Park Ave on the north side of the street). I went a few weeks later to the restaurant to see if the dishes served there were comparable. Alas, the place was closed. Dispirited, I took resort to cheap cocktails at some of the area taverns. LI Ave is home to some of the area's few unreconstructed crap taverns: Kozy Kabin, Uneeda Rest, Nite Owl, etc. All get Uncle Niko's endorsement.

Oh, while drinking a mug of past-date tap beer at one of the above venues, I was told the Deer Park library will be holding an 'Introduction to Laotian Cooking' the evening of August 18. As an aside, the best curry I ever had was a fragrant affair I had in Pakse. This was before I was devastated by alcoholism and forced to resign from the State Department. Now I am a bitter fat man, and if any of you jackoffs touch my food, God help me, I'll stab you.

I've been asking around about the House of Spice, an Indo Pak grocery, in Selden. I stopped by today and found that the owners have opened a small restaunt a few doors down, Malik's New Tandoori Kebob House. Thankfully more work is put into the food than was put into selecting the name. I had smoked chicken wings grilled off in the tandoori, a few nans (one was admittedly much too thick and a bit underdone), and a very lemony and atypical tikka masala. Quite nice stuff actually. A friend had been earlier and said she had an order of butter chicken and a cutlet of some sort studded with cut-on-the-bias green chiles, both said to be excellent. The same grilled stuff seems to be available daily, while the prepared entrees rotate. Subcontinental types very much in evidence: a good sign. There's another Indo Pak grocery a few blocks east, suggesting Selden may become the Suffolk County equivalent of Hicksville.

Deer Park Public Library, 44 Lake Avenue, Deer Park, 631.586.3000

Malik's New Tandoori Kebob House, 1236 Middle Country Road, Selden, 631.696.8244


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