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Green Cactus is one of many places to celebrate National Taco Day on Oct. 4.

ALL HAIL THE TACO: There’s a national day for everything now, even tacos. According to the National Taco Day website, in 2012, Americans ate 4.5 billion tacos. Friday, Oct. 4 is National Taco Day, and there are several places in town to get your fix.
Two of our favorites are Besito (Huntington village, www.besitomexican.com) and Green Cactus (several Town of Huntington locations, http://greencactusgrill.com). High-end Mexican restaurant Besito serves up a wide selection for lunch, whereas things over at Green Cactus are a lot more casual. The taco really is a fun munch. Eat your tacos with pride on Friday, and maybe try something new while you’re at it.

PUMPKIN SEASON: It’s that time of year again, when pumpkin appears in almost everything consumable. From coffee to crème brulee, it’s the flavor of the moment, and though your favorite chain coffee joints will be sending pumpkin lattes out left and right, accept our challenge to try a lesser-known place and see if their version stacks up. We found the Pumpkin Caramel Latte from Wild Flours gluten-free bakery (11 New St., Huntington, 631-923-1090, www.wildfloursbakeshop.com) to be, simply put, outstanding, with just the right amount of each powerful fall flavor (and we know they used the real stuff). The scent of the drink alone is enough to make you go “mmmm.” They can make it with soy milk, for those of you avoiding dairy.

WE WANT TO PUMP YOU UP: Muscle Maker Grill (195 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station 631-319-1569) is making a grand entrance on New York Avenue with – what else? – a giant, inflatable bodybuilder that dwarfs the building. Huntington obviously had a better sense of humor than Amityville village, which put the kibosh on using a similar inflatable to promote their grand opening. If you’re looking for wholesome food on a budget, check the $5.99 menu, with four entrees under 400 calories. We had the tangy and filling Hollywood Salad, a combo of grilled chicken, turkey bacon, reduced-fat cheddar, tomatoes, onions and zero-carb signature sauce over romaine.

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