Tacos hit the spot.
July 21, 2010 | East End Eats
I’ve been coming out to the East End for years, and admit that before last year I hadn’t eaten much Mexican food here. That said, over the past year our beachy, laid-back lifestyle has led me more than once in search of a great taco.
I first ended up at La Fondita in Amagansett after a B-East RealRyder class (the 9:15 AM workout left me thinking about lunch!). The friendly, casual staff didn’t seem to mind my gym clothes, so I had no problem walking in and ordering the palatably priced tacos de camarones (shrimp, local corn, bell peppers, cilantro) and a taco de tinga (chipotle chicken) to eat in the colorful outdoor café. After that I was hooked. (Look for the tacos al pastor—they’re not always on the menu.) Quench your thirst with a fresh-fruit agua fresca; my fave is the limon, made with fresh lime.
Keep an eye out for native Californian-cum-Montaukian Mars Ostarello’s new 21-foot-long fuchsia Montaco truck, which is parked around town during the day and late on weekends (perfect after a night at the The Surf Lodge, The Point or the Memory Motel). Together with chef Domingo Garza, Ostarello has created a menu that includes mahimahi tacos, fresh guacamole with homemade chips (corn, blue corn, flour), and fresh juices like mint-limeade and watermelon-hibiscus. The food is hecho con amor (made with love), as Ostarello is committed to providing impeccably fresh, high-quality food using local vendors and farmers.
For a late-afternoon boozy lunch, I recommend grabbing a seat in the sand at Navy Beach, where chef Paul LaBue cooks up fresh fish tacos between lunch and dinner service. Pair them with the Marganegra cocktail—made with 1800 tequila, muddled raspberries and blackberries, and lime.