Fall Restaurant Preview: Dona Maria II

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Dona Maria Mexican Bistro in Suffern is expecting a sister: later in the fall, Dona Maria II will open in the Blauvelt space previously occupied by El Rodeo Latino. The new Dona Maria will use the same menu as the Suffern original, full of traditional and traditionally inspired dishes that go well beyond the familiar taco and enchilada combination plates specials. Favorites include the molcajete norteño, a mix of seared meats, seafood, vegetables, and cheese strips, served in a three-legged bowl carved from lava stone, and the salmon engraciado, a filet dusted with spices and served atop a lively jicama and mango salad with a citrus dressing. 580 Route 303 No. 6, Blauvelt. No phone yet. — Deven and Jill Black

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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