I recently went to three places with varied results. First, a small restaurant in Oyster Bay named A Taste of Mexico, 76 South Street, off Rte 106. The food was good. We had chicken tortillas served with three dipping sauces along with refried beans.No gratuitous cheese on the dish, thank Providence. It seemed more authentic than the other Mexican restaurants in the area given the ethnicity of the other patrons and the two ladies who ran the place, alone. Most of the dishes are $7.95 or less except for the mariscos which are in the $12.95 range. Good value for good food.
Second, The Indian Oven buffet on Rte 106 south of Sears. There were seven or eight dishes along with salad and dessert. Vegetable dishes were most common. Spinach, sauteed vegetables, and eggplant were served from picturesque serving dishes. Tandoori chicken, which was good, and goat curry were on the buffet table as well. The place is pretty, very neat and the owner was helpful. He even gave me coins to feed the meter when I asked him for change. I don't believe this is the policy, however. My sole basis of comparison is to the Jackson Diner which I have always enjoyed. I would say the quality of food is superior, here, while the number of dishes is fewer. The Oven is prettier and more intimate and worth a trip if you live in the environs.The cost is $7.95
Third, Raynor's in Baldwin. My wife had the Maryland chicken which she enjoyed. I had the grilled chicken which consisted of three batter fried chicken cutlets in a lemon sauce not what the menu stated.I expected grilled, not fried. I should have sent it back but didn't. It was fair. So, too, were the biscuits which a while back were delicious. I don't mean to cast aspersions on the place but I could swear these had a commercial quality. My wife was satisfied with the place. I felt it had gone downhill since my last visit about five years ago.
Two other comments: the chicken burgers at Taby's Diner in Oyster Bay. I get mine with smothered onions. Very good, but only served freshly ground on Wed. There is also another Indian buffet at Shere Punjab Palace, a restaurant that looks more like an Indian banquet hall, on E. Marie St in Hicksville which I intend to try. Should this one be good, why, then, I might not have to read the Outerborough Message Board for the latest Jackson Heights offering.