It was the middle of the summer 2017 in Greenport, L.I., New York when we first discovered Lucharitos, a Mexican restaurant that opened back in 2012. Who knew? The line was out the door, the wait was 1 hour plus and we decided to head west to another lunch spot and vowing to come back another time.
Fast forwarding to another visit to Greeenport in early May, 2018. It’s just before lunch time and we find ourselves standing in front of a virtually empty Lucharitos. Heck…let’s get in there before the crowd!
Upon entering, we were met with a sincerely gracious smile by ‘Sam’…ie…Samantha…our waitress-to-be.
One thing I like to do when I’m new to a restaurant is walk around and get a visual on what folks are eating since, to some degree, it helps me decide what to order. Yes…like some of you…we can get a good sense just by looking. Check out this fun menu. There’s certainly something to be said for color and how it can help stimulate the senses…not to mention ones appetite!
Since we arrived so early and there were no customers eating yet for my visual tour, Sam made a few suggestions off the menu. With her guidance, Sandy decided on seasoned ground beef tacos (Picadillos) and I loved the description of their pulled pork nacho plate called El Santo.
Any way you look at these…powerful Lucharitos art!
Short and sweet…simple…to the point…just PHABULOUS! Sandy and I both agreed this was one of the best Mexican restaurants we have ever eaten in and for sure we would be back. We only had to overcome one small logistical problem; We would have to travel 85 miles to Greenport from East Norwich. Really not such a big deal since we’re out on the North Fork of L.I. quite often. So just imagine our surprise one June afternoon while traveling back from one of our day trips to the NOFO when we spotted in Aquebogue…”Little Lucharitos”. Woah…problem solved! Now only 65 miles…and worth the drive!
A few days later Sandy and I visited our newly found phood phind in Aquebogue with our friends, the Buscemi’s, and soon after with the Kennedy’s and the Buscemi’s.
Bottom line…without a doubt… we all agreed this was and is the best Mexican restaurant around.
Como lo dices? Manos abajo!
During the summer here we were graciously greeted by Jake and Kenny and were treated to the same level of efficient service and personality we experienced in Greenport with Sam.
How about Lucharotos update #1 …
It’s the middle of February on the quiet NOFO and our phabulous Lucharitos hasn’t lost it’s momentum. The players who make this happy place a must visit foodie destination are deserving of kudos and here they are!
Connor…Marv…Chris and Patrick…Kudos & Distinction to you! See you very soon…like maybe tomorrow…
You know what they say about happy people…yes?
Lucharitos update #2…
It’s early April (2019) and many took advantage of a beautifully sunny 75 degree day on the NOFO with dinner at Lucharitos in Aquebogue. The place was buzzing with a happy crowd and we were out spreading the Shellfie word, created in Captiva, Florida to the folks in New York.
Check out Sandy on the right with the folks wanted their own Shellfie with Sandy the Shellfie creator. Even the folks in the left rear were getting into it.
Notwithstanding, the more often we visit, the more often we meet some of the new faces of the friendly cast and crew that makes Lucharitos work. Folks…meet the latest and greatest…Nick and Jovan with those sincere Lucharitos smiles and doin’ the “grampa pose” for Chef Bert.
Wait…I’m not finished. Check out our Shellfie Sunset Special!
The sun is setting and the scene is set for a signature Lucharitos margarita made with Sauza Tequila, a secret strawberry margarita blend, triple sec and lime. YumCity!
And of course…my favorite dish…a “Rito Bowl’ sans lettuce and with extra purple cabbage!
The Definition of Consistency!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated because of the world wide Covid pandemic. During the summer of 2020, Sandy & I visited and ate outside…but in general we haven’t been involved too much in the restaurant scene. Still…we stop in for takeout and on our latest trip I happened to have had the pleasure of meeting two folks I’ve not met in the past. Sooo…let me introduce you to from left to right Manager Dan and Chef Joshua. You know the story by now and what they say about happy people with invisible smiles…yes?
See you again fellas and thanks for the usual fine Lucharitos reception!
Until then…Comer bien!
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