Didn't feel like cooking with all the heat last week so I stopped by Lino's Mexican Cafe in Red Bank. I have been meaning to check this place out for a while. First they are cooking with an open fire and had no air conditioning, so not the kind of place that you where you want to eat in when having a heat wave. Decor is minimal.
But then there is the food. I ordered the Mexican bbq for two for $ 15.99 to go since this is the specialty of the house. First of all, this is a lot of food. The platter included shrimp, beef short ribs, carne asada, pork ribs and a half chicken with black beans, yellow rice, guacamole, grilled cactus, grilled onions and grilled jalapenos. Plus 12 flour tortillas. If you are not starving, this could easily feed 3-4.
While waiting for the takeout I hit the cash machine and stopped by Jaunito's bakery to get some tamales. They were out, so I got the chicken enchiladas to go instead at $ 6 for four.
The meat had been grilled indirectly over hard wood coals and was well seasoned with a delicious smokey flavor. Gauc was fresh and maybe a little lemony. The grilled vegetables were also good, although I find nopales (grilled cactus) to be an acquired taste that I am still working on. Beans and rice needed seasoning and were a little disappointing. Also, they did not include salsa, which I just can't understand. The Jaunitos enchiladas worked well with the rest of the menu though.
SO, for $ 22 total this was a ridiculous amount of food and was a delicious alternative to take out pizza. I would definitely order from Lino's again.
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