Had a chance to have lunch yesterday at the new Mi Lindo Yucatan at 24th/Noe with a couple of 'hound friends. I am a pretty big fan of the Valencia street location, and was looking forward to putting this new location to the test.
Walking up to the restaurant, one immediately notices appreciable differences differences between the Valencia Street location and here: where Valencia is sparsely appointed, and highlighted by white walls, the outside and inside of this restaurant are stylized and colorful. The inside tables are cute and decorative. I did not see this location as it's former self, so I am not sure how much of the decor they kept from the previous owners.
While we couldn't exactly put our fingers on the reasoning, all three of us felt that we had eaten better chow at the Valencia street location. The poc-chuc, usually having a slightly grilled & charred, addictive taste was kind of greasy, a little tired, and just not quite as spot-on as it is at Valencia. The pozole wasn't bad especially when we added quite a bit of the spicy red sauce. I felt like the pork hadn't spent a lot of time in the broth, as some of the larger pieces were dry and didn't pick up the pozole flavors. The brazo de reina wasn't bad, and the carne asada wasn't bad.
It's hard to know what I would have thought had I never tried the Valencia street location -- but unless I hear that the kitchen at 24th street has become a little tighter in it's preparation, I will stick with Valencia street.
In speaking with the owner at the end of the meal, he said that they are still doing some decor work with the new location ... making the decorationa a little closer to the Yucatacan theme (there are some Frida prints on the wall from the previous owners that he is removing) and that they are going to spruce up Valencia street so that it will have the same color scheme, etc, as 24th street.
Bottom line: Definitely check it out if you are in the neighborhood, but if you aren't very impressed and haven't been to Valencia street, definitely give Valencia a try as well. If locations are a toss up for you, try Valencia street first.
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