Of Mexican Spice
Sgt. Garcias: 70-09 Austin St.,
Forest Hills; 575-0007
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.,
Friday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Credit Cards: All major
Those that shy away from spicy food often miss out on the
pleasures of Mexican cuisine. In order to combat the fear of dragon breath, Sgt.
Garcias made one of its founding philosophies to provide the usual Mexican fare,
without the fire. Of course if you are willing and able, the chef will be more than happy
to pepper your palate.
Named for Zorros bumbling nemesis, Sgt. Garcias
has been an Austin Street fixture for nearly a decade. In case you havent noticed,
look up! The restaurant and its outdoor cafe are both on the second floor, providing an
excellent perch for people watching.
Sgt. Garcias prides itself on its diverse menu, ranging
from burritos and enchiladas, to burgers and pizza, as well as an extensive selection of
vegetarian dishes, said owner George Scott. But no matter what you order, dont miss
out on what has been described as the best Margarita in the borough.
The chef recommended the Camarones al Ajillo ($14.75), which
is shrimp sautéed with garlic, crushed red pepper, butter and wine, and the Pollo Relleno
($13.95), chicken breast stuffed with jack cheese and topped with fresh mushrooms, cream
sauce. All entrees are served with Mexican rice and refried beans.
Other popular entrees include staples like fajitas,
enchiladas, tacos, and burritos. These are available in combination platters which are
priced reasonably for both lunch and dinner.
The Ensalada al Carbon ($9.75), one of Garcias
specialties, includes grilled beef, tossed with avocado, jack and cheddar cheeses, a hard
boiled egg, lettuce and tomatoes, served in a tortilla basket with a buttermilk dressing.
Scott stressed the fact that all of the food is extremely
fresh, and that the chef, whenever possible, uses the healthiest ingredients. For example
the refried beans are cooked in soybean oil, rather than lard.
Garcias has a full bar, including a menu of specialty
drinks and a wide selection of beers. The beer is served two bottles at a time, although
you do not have to pay for the second bottle unless you open it. Also, dont miss the
So whether youre mild or extra spicy, if you are in the
mood for a superb Mexican feast, look no further than Sgt. Garcias.