Having slept in, we awoke late morning to a beautiful sunny Las Vegas day and slowly pieced ourselves together for the slog to the airport.
We checked out of the hotel, loaded up the rental car with our luggage and proceed to head to Lindo Michoacan for a Mexican lunch. As we wound our way through the streets, I bypassed the entrance to the place and had to make a quick back up plan to get back to the restaurant. But we made our way into a packed parking lot and I was hoping we would have to long a wait.
When we entered, we were immediately taken to a four-top table in the center of one of the dining rooms and handed menus. Our table had a comprehensive view of the surroundings and J. and I got a kick out of watching a PGA open via ESPN Spanish on the large, flatscreen TV in the corner with scrolling captions.
Moments later, we were given water along with chips, hot sauce and a bowl of refried beans. The chips were slightly thick and the sauce had a nice kick about 30 seconds after hitting our mouths. The beans were smooth, creamy and, I am sure, cooked with lard. The combination of the three was much enjoyed.
Our server arrived and asked for our drink order. I really wanted a Diet Coke, but they only had Pepsi products so I opted for an Iced Tea ($2.50). J. had one as well. We were also ready to order, so we decided on the Arroz con Mole ($5.95) as an appetizer, with me getting the Pollo Con Tomate Estilo Zirahuen ($14.95) for my entree and J. getting the Carnitas a la Coca-Cola ($16.95). This begged the question of why the pork could have a Coke product, but I couldn’t. But usually when I ask those questions I get slapped, so I just keep these things to myself.
Much to our surprise, the first things to our table after the beverages were two cups of Fideo Soup. The thin tomato broth contained a slight hint of chile and onions. At the bottom of the cup was a hefty dose of vermicelli broken into half-inch pieces. It wasn’t an exciting soup, but a nice little extra that we both enjoyed. And, thankfully, the soup was hot.
When we saw the Arroz con Mole on the menu, J. and I both scratched our heads a bit because it just made perfect sense to have mole sauce over rice, but we have never seen this before. When it arrived, the steam was wafting off the top and the thick, rich mole sauce was liberally covering the rice. We torn into the fresh corn tortillas and pinched some of the rice and mole like pitas and hummus. The result was sheer decadence. The rice was perfect and the mole sauce was incredibly vibrant with its spices and chocolate. Such a simple dish and yet it was outstanding on just about every level. What a treasure.
After finishing the rice with mole, we had a small respite before the entrees arrived. When J.’s Carnitas a la Coca-Cola arrived, I was instantly envious. The large chunks of pork in the dark sauce were enticing. The scent was that much better. The pork was incredibly tender and the sauce – a mixture of chiles, onion, garlic, cloves and Coca-Cola Classic – was superlative. It was exceptionally flavorful and I liked it as much as J. did. It was served with more corn tortillas and they were a wonderful compliment to the pork and sauce. Also on the plate were rice, beans and guacamole. J. enjoyed all of them and said his dish was a complete success.
My Pollo Con Tomate Estilo Zirahuen was boneless chicken breasts browned in olive oil and then cooked with tomatoes, onions, sour cream and paprika. The beautiful orange color was quite inviting. My first bite was very good. The chicken was moist and tender and the cream sauce was slightly spicy. I thought the mix was well crafted. J. agreed. I also like the beans and rice. The flour tortillas I received with my meal were outstanding. It was evident they were right off the griddle to our table and I couldn’t have been happier with them. The only downside to my plate was that I had specifically asked for the guacamole to remain off the plate due to a food allergy. That request was not followed. Thankfully, the guacamole was fairly stationary in a small lettuce cup, so that helped.
Due to the large portion sizes, we didn’t even consider dessert. We requested our bill and the total was $46.33 which included the tax. We thought it was an excellent value because of the quality of the food. Service was friendly and personable, but does get a ding for the guacamole issue. Still, there was no doubt that J. and I would go back to Lindo.
We retreated to our car and made the slow trek back to the rental car center and then to the airport. We said our goodbyes as J. headed to the Southwest flight back to Orange County and I went to the gate for my flight home.
We had a wonderful time in Vegas and, overall, our dining choices had been successful.
But it was time to head back for feasting in Phoenix.
2655 East Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM; Friday: 10:30 AM to 12:00 AM; Saturday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM; Sunday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Notes: Several other locations in Las Vegas.
Alcohol: Full bar.
Lindo Michoacan Mexican Rstrnt
2655 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121
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