A Mexican Oasis
At Green Cactus
By Tricia & Luann /
No Annual Guide To Huntington
would be complete without a look at one of Huntington villages
most recent newcomers to the restaurant scene. Long Islander
Foodies, who had been making the trek to Green Cactus Mexican
Grills Jericho Turnpike location, buzzed all around
The Long Islander with excitement when the Mexican joint took
over the old Quiznos space on Main Street between Green and
Prospect streets, just steps away from our office.
Operated by Mary Jane Richardson and her two sisters Sheila
and Kathleen, all of whom grew up in Huntington and live in
Centerport, Green Cactus was started by their father Denis
and uncle Thomas in California in 1993. Taking the idea back
east, the first Long Island restaurant opened in 1995 in Stony
Brook. The sisters left their careers in the health field
to help run the organization, and it has been growing ever
since. Huntington village is Green Cactus eleventh location.
Its so nice to serve the community in a positive
way, said Mary Jane. This is really our home,
so its nice to have a warm welcome.
We placed our order and grabbed a seat at the lime-colored
tables, set amidst the warm, earthy tones of the restaurant.
All meals are prepared when ordered with pleasant presentation,
so we were impressed with the Speedy Gonzalez-esque quickness
in which our food was ready.
We started with Jalapeno Poppers ($4.99), a plate of five
peppers topped with gooey melted cheddar cheese, breaded and
fried to a crisp. An order of nachos ($6.49) is generous,
topped with black or pinto beans, tasty guacamole, sour cream,
melted cheese and Pico de Gallo.
A round of tacos allowed us to experiment with the variety
of salsas (our favorite was the Green Cactus salsa) and Pico
de Gallo available. Asada and Pollo tacos ($2.29) come with
chicken or steak charbroiled and served in a soft corn tortilla
with onions and cilantro go with the hot salsa for
that extra kick. We would order the Green Cactus Shrimp taco
($2.59) again in a heartbeat, as well as the Fish taco ($2.69)
with lightly breaded cod and Pico de Gallo topped with shredded
cabbage, tangy dressing and a squeeze of lime.
We also sampled the Vegetarian Quesadilla ($6.69), a large
portion of perfectly sautéed green bell peppers, tomatoes,
onions, mushrooms and melted jack cheese in a flour tortilla.
With eight tempting burritos to choose from, the Green Cactus
Burrito ($6.89) is the most frequently ordered on the menu.
A tortilla stuffed with chicken or steak, melted cheese, guacamole
and Pico de Gallo, and then wrapped in such a perfect way
that nothing falls out, we can see, and taste, why it is so
For those who cant go without dessert, Green Cactus
serves Churros ($1) and flan ($1.49), as well as a delight
called Xangos ($3.19), creamy cheesecake or banana filling
enveloped in a spring roll wrapper, fried and covered in cinnamon
and sugar. Talk about sinfully delicious.
We tip our sombrero to you, Green Cactus. Welcome to the village.
318 Main Street, Huntington
1273 East Jericho Turnpike,
Fresh fresh fresh Mexican
no MSG, can openers, lard, or microwaves
Atmosphere: Casual and clean
Hours: (village location):
Monday Thursday 11 a.m.9 p.m.,
Friday Saturday 11 a.m. 10 p.m.,
Sunday noon 9 p.m.;
possible extended summer hours