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Gringo Loco, Bayshore, NY

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Gringo Loco, Bayshore, NY

Paul Trapani | Feb 11, 2004 02:11 AM

Gringo Loco
12 4th Avenue
Bayshore, NY
631-665-8040

I ordered beef taco - flank steak, salsa and cheese on a corn tortilla. Sheer chow instinct kicked in and I asked for chiles on it. The gringo himself asked me if I wanted hot chiles. Without hesitation I answered YES! The taco was animated and tasty, but could have done without the cheese which was some awful pre-shredded supermarket variety.

Next course was a pork tostada. When the tostada arrived I smiled, realizing I had found something truly authentic place. Not authentic Mexican, but pure Long Island. The pork tostada was a flat fried burrito wrapper (the big ones) with mounds (and mounds) of cabbage, black beans and pork. This mountain was sprinkled with feta (congruent to a Mexican cheese whose name I don’t know) and topped with salsa. I went temporarily insane and forgot to ask for chiles, but they would have been great on here. After greedily devouring the pork I was left with a huge pile of cabbage and beans and the whole “tostada.” The beans were cooked well but bland. The whole thing could have used more feta. The pork, however, was superb, better than the beef.

You can have a good meal here, but order carefully. Get something with pork. Avoid cheese, except feta, even if it’s included. While you're at it, have them hold the sour cream, too. Guacamole is either amazing or brutally awful (think big plastic tub). If someone tries the guac before I do, please report. They were out of fish tacos, but they're probably worth a shot. The Mexican burger listed at the bottom of the menu might be a sleeper.

Burritos, which I didn’t try, were Brobdingnagian (and I don't use the word lightly). The Del Mar burrito was quite popular with the locals. The menu describes it as “ground beef, refried beans, cheese, wrapped in a flour tortilla then deep fried.”

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