3 restaurants for south-of-the-border cuisines

Fish tacos are served at La Casa Latina

Fish tacos are served at La Casa Latina in Westbury. (Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

The cuisines of Mexico, South America and Central America season Long Island. Here are three restaurants where you'll contentedly find them.

LA CASA LATINA, 611 Old Country Rd., Westbury; 516-280-7795

Several cuisines are featured at La Casa Latina in Westbury. Go for the shrimp ceviche and paprika-tinted grilled octopus; the sardine-stuffed tomato and the steak tacos; the Salvadoran platter with grilled steak and fried pork and Argentine barbecue with sausages, short ribs and offal.

CINCO DE MAYO, 3725 Middle Country Rd., Calverton; 631-591-2474

Naturally, the fare is Mexican, at this informal, friendly restaurant in Calverton. Consider the grilled skirt steak with chimichurri, chicken enchiladas with green-chile sauce, mole poblano, pig's ear tacos, pork tacos, huevos ranchero, scrambled eggs with chorizo, freshly made guacamole.

PERFECTO MUNDO, 1141 Jericho Tpke., Commack; 631-864-2777

Latin-fusion is the theme at this spirited kitchen in the Northgate Shopping Center in Commack. Winners include lobster-and-roasted corn chowder; seafood paella; the shrimp ceviche tostone; "bang bang" shrimp; coriander-crusted pork tenderloin, yucca frites and fried plantains.

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