New Mexican Restaurant Spices Up Southold

At Puerto Verde in Southold, dining on original Mexican fare can be a multi-act affair. Located in the space of the former Six Three One restaurant, the new eatery sets itself apart by offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“My brother, brother-in-law and I have a lot of experience working in restaurants [like in Manhattan and Greenport] and we love what we do,” said co-owner Efren Perez Rodriguez, who opened the restaurant with Eugenio De Los Santos and Arturo Perez Rodriguez on June 30. “My brother-in-law was in charge of [Comfort] Diner in Manhattan. He’s an expert with eggs and stuff like that.”

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Once the approach was finalized, the Southold location was the selling point. “We found this beautiful space in a nice area and said let’s take a shot.”

Situated on a waterfront street, the casual dining room with sweeping windows seats about 80. The outdoor patio, surrounded by beautiful plants, accommodates 30.

The natural atmosphere seeps its way into the menu through “real Mexican” dishes. Omelettes and huevos rancheros (a popular Mexican dish with fried eggs served on hot corn tortillas with cooked salsa) are delicious breakfast options. Lunch and dinner menu items include burritos, quesadillas, tacos and enchiladas. Efren stressed that all the dressings, sauces and marinades are homemade; nothing is store bought. Another fun dish is the tortas, a Mexican style sandwich that comes in different variations with options like chorizo (sausage), beef and chicken. But the homemade guacamole prepared with onions, cilantro and lime juice is the heavy hitter (because who can ever really order one helping of guac?).

“People have been stopping in before we even opened asking for menus.” That is the reaction they hope to preserve.

Puerto Verde is located at 62375 Main Road.