El Picacho Catracho

After the other day’s recollection of opportunities missed, it feels good to sit down today and report about a most excellent dining experience the wife and I enjoyed the other day. After picking my snowboard up from the Board Shop we stopped into the former site of Fonda Coyoacan, which Stefani and I never got to enjoy.

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El Picacho Catracho is owned by two, young Huntington mill workers, one of whom hails from Honduras. It was a desire to taste this regional cuisine that El Picacho Catracho was born. As there are no authentic Honduran restaurants on Long Island, the two went into another business together, serving some of the tastiest, freshly prepared Latin food.

If it’s bought in, it’s from Honduras, otherwise everything served in this place is freshly prepared. The chips and salsa are neither bagged nor jarred and are totally addictive. We quickly finished our little snack before we jumped head first into Honduran specialties. Freshly prepared seafood soup was more than enough for two people and was full of shrimp, crab, lobster and locally sourced clams. Easily the best seafood soup we’ve had, and this is one of those dishes that we get everywhere we travel, totally trumping Cafe Jose in Montreal. Baleadas Picacho, handmade white flour tortillas filled with chorizo, avocado, beef, eggs, cheese and beans were tasty and filling as were the tacos with fresh relish and salsa.

We enjoyed our meal with freshly prepared horchata, or semilla de jicaro as it is known in Honduras. So much better than the rice horchatas served elsewhere, this milky beverage is made with ground jicaro seeds.

All in all, El Picacho Catracho is one of the best authentic, Latin cuisine experiences that we’ve had and we’re glad they’re so close.

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Here’s a link to their menu:

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El Picacho
1026 New York Ave.
Huntington Station, NY 11746
(631) 683-4224

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    mario said,

    I AGREE 100% !!!! The seafood soup kepps me coming back for more as does the chicharon (spelt wrong) Everything I’ve had was great and I leave there stuffed and satisfied but not broke. The service is friendly and quick, and I expect it may get super busy if everyone discovers this place. I’ll be going back very soon.

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    Jeff said,

    looks pretty good. I like how it is owned by young millworkers.

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    [...] best soup I’ve had to date.  It beats the seafood soup at Chez José, the seafood soup at El Picacho and the lobster bisque I brought home from Town Meat Market.  It had that velvety texture that [...]


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