On Saturday, my family and I made our second trip in two weeks to Luso in Smithtown on Long Island. Side note, we decided to make our car our permanent residence. It’s pretty cozy in there with the three of us and all of our luggage. We have food, a portable dvd player, music, and the company of each other, what more could we ask for?
So Luso is a Portuguese chartcuterie. They bbq meat over wood briquettes and their signature dish is the bbq chicken. This is the only reason to go to the restaurant. Seriously, it’s cha-bang – out of of this world! I’ve been there three times now, and have ventured to other areas on the menu and have been underwhelmed (my friend got fish and didn’t like how much butter they used, the sangria is overly sweet, and the kale/sausage soup is okay but J’s is better). Whenever we go, we order the chicken for two for $18.95. Sounds a little steep huh? But it’s really like the deal of the century, since along with that delicious grilled chicken, you also get as much salad as you want and tons of side dishes. The salad is very good and very simple, just a mix of iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and white onions dressed with oil and vinegar. It’s very European and with a little salt and pepper, it’s kind of addictive.
My sister literally ordered four plates of that salad; she was going a little nuts for the salad. Then the chicken came out. They use a special marinade when grilling the chicken and the meat has so much flavor. The skin is so crispy and good. It’s probably one of the best grilled chickens I have ever had (besides the grilled chicken we had out in Portugal).
The real kicker is when you put (or pour like J does) the Portuguese hot sauce, Piri-Piri sauce, on the chicken. We discovered the amazing Piri Piri sauce on a trip to Portugal a few years ago and have never forgotten it. We even tried to recreate it but to no avail. The Portuguese use a special hot pepper that we couldn’t locate here. Anyway, it gives a nick kick to the chicken and we literally clean the restaurant out of their Piri Piri whenever we eat there.
When you order the chicken, you also get a few very generously portioned sides: rice, steamed vegetables, french fries, and home made potato chips. I mean, it’s a food fest all for less than $10 per person, AMAZING!
We all devoured the chicken and the rest of the food and let satiated and happy. Service is efficient and the restaurant itself has a great outdoor back patio with huge outside heat lamps, and the inside is simple and cozy. There’s always a ton of Portuguese people there which to me is a great sign. If you’re ever on Long Island, check out Luso and get the chicken. You won’t be disappointed.