La Panchita

354 Commack Road Deer Park, NY 631-242-0355

Panchita Grill in Deer Park.

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Type: Mexican Special features: Parties/groups Price range: $$ (Moderate) Description:

La Panchita in Deer Park is the south shore counterpart to La Panchita in Smithtown. They have a lot in common, from the informal style and friendly manner to the straightforward Mexican and Spanish fare. You'll do well starting with gazpacho in spring-summer and caldo callego in fall-winter. Chorizo sausage sauteed with mushrooms works year-round. Sample the tostones, or deep-fried green plantains with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo. And La Panchita is popular for nachos, with cheese and jalapeno peppers, or with beef or chicken added. Shrimps in garlic sauce and in chipotle sauce are typical of the seafood. The paella Valenciana. however, isn't the strong suit. From the Mexican side, there are the standard combination plates. And the kitchen offers grilled chicken, hamburgers and mozzarella sticks on a children's menu. But spare them that.

Hours: Every day for lunch and dinner. Accessibility: Yes