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It may seem unlikely to turn to 12-square-mile Shelter Island for authentic Mexican food, but if you’re hankering for fresh south-of-the-border specialties after a long day paddle boarding or hiking through Mashomack Preserve, look no further than Maria’s Kitchen.
A Shelter Island view from the ‘Kissing Rock.’ (Credit: Charity Robey)
Shelter Island is more than a charming, boring version of the Hamptons, a bucolic identity that travel writers have stuck on it. The island has welcomed visitors for two centuries with a contrariness that comes with being able to roll up the gangplanks every night and let the rest of the world go to hell. There’s a lot here, especially for people willing to bike or float, and a long summer day is enough time to get a taste. (more…)
Baja Fish Taco at Maria’s Kitchen (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)
Fresh is the word that immediately comes to mind when you bite into a Baja fish taco at Maria’s Kitchen on Shelter Island.
Served on a flour tortilla with fried or grilled fish, the tacos are topped with chipotle mayo, cabbage, a hint of lime, pico de gallo and two slices of avocado.
The freshness of the flavors stand out because you can taste each one separately. You taste the pico de gallo, you taste the avocado, the lime juice. The tomatoes and red cabbage are crisp and crunchy, the fried tilapia is light, tender and flaky.
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Maria Schultheis in her Kitchen on North Ferry Road.
Maria Schultheis was working in the kitchen at Greeny’s, a store that would become her own Maria’s Kitchen, when she saw a heart appear on a piece of foil covering a steaming pot of quinoa and vegetable soup. The unmistakable shape formed like a black and white photo developing in a darkroom. So she framed it. (more…)