Moe’s Southwest Grill

If you’re looking for another “fresh Mex” joint to add to the growing list, go right ahead and put Moe’s under “just OK”. Nothing new and exciting (except the fun names of their menu offerings), but the food is decent. The tortilla chips are actually more tasty than most places offer, warm and limey and salty. Read the rest of this entry

Mi Tierra

After seeing a write-up about this new bakery and restaurant in the Fishers local paper, we decided that refritos and something wrapped in a tortilla was in our future. Though there is an abundance of Mexican restaurants in Fishers, Mi Tierra takes it a step beyond and offers other central American (particularly Guatemalan) dishes.

Because they opened quite recently and the main dining room is still under contruction, we only got to order from an abbreviated menu. Both of us enjoyed our pupusas revueltas de chicarron, frijoles y queso (a masa-type pancake stuffed with pork, cheese, and beans). We also enjoyed broiled yucca root and fried pork meat, though the pork was very fatty and I ended up leaving half of it on my plate.

Chris also ordered a tamale guatemalteco (stuffed with pork and steamed in a plantain leaf), which ended up being the most flavorful of all our food. Guatemalan food by nature, apparently, is not nearly as spicy as the Tex-Mex we’re acustomed to, so it took some reminding that it’s not all going to taste like hot sauce.

Although it was a bit on the bland side (the rice and beans were pretty dull, too, and the leftovers will definitely get a sprinkling of chipotle), the food was good, quality homemade food. Plus, it was very inexpensive and you can order almost anything a la carte.

The owner assured us that the soon-to-be-expanded menu (along with the soon-to-be-expanded dining room) would boast many more features, including seafood. They also would begin serving breakfast, much to the luck of the thousands of people who pass by the bustling intersection of 116th and I‑69.

In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Mi Tierra also serves up freshly-baked breads and baked goods…one of the only shops in town to do so. Plus, everything in the bakery case is $.65! You simply cannot do better than that!

The warm and friendly service (I got to practice my Spanish) and the promise of a wider variety of foods is enough to convince us to give them another try in a few weeks. If you’re looking for something a bit beyond your typical Mexican fare, here’s your place.

Adobo Grill

We wanted to take Jeff (in town from Italy) out for Mexican, and we’d seen some pretty glowing reviews of Adobo in recent papers. Plus, we knew there was outdoor dining, a plus if you’ve got a five-month-old in tow.

It was easy to get a nice seat on the deck, even for a Tuesday afternoon. We immediately ordered the guacamole (totally worth the $7.95 price tag) and were rewarded with big chunks of the prettiest green avocados we’d seen in a long time.

I opted for several appetizers, starting with the jicama and mango salad. It was a little heavy on the cucumbers and didn’t have quite enough jicama, but it was dressed well and was a good, light starter. I also chose the cazuela, a casserole of chorizo sausage and zucchini; tasty, but I’ve had it once and there were other menu items that I’ll try next time. So totally worth it, however, were the sopes surtidos. One came with chorizo, one with shredded chicken, but the best one (I could have had all three this way) was plantain with mole sauce…so delicious!

Christopher ordered the “poc-chuc”, a spice-rubbed pounded prok chop, and seemed to enjoy it very much. Again, the avocadoes that accompanied his dish were lovely. He also mentioned that it was very difficult to only order one Margarita Adobo, but way to go for some self control.

Jeff’s chicken adobo seemd to go over well, too, although he was skeptical about the sauteed chayote at first.

Adobo has a laid-back, casual atmosphere and seemed to cater to the after-work crowd as the evening drew on. We were there fairly early and there were several larger tables sitting outdoors. My one complaint is that they allow smoking outside, and we had to eat our dinner sitting under a Marlboro haze (made worse by the bouncing baby boy on my knee). Otherwise, we felt like our first venture out into public dining in a long time was a success, and we’ve found some new tasty Mexican to add to the list!

El Camino Real

Your typical family (lots of kids!) dirty Mexican joint. When we say “dirty”, we really mean that, with a lot of these strip-mall-type places, the lower the sanitation rating, the better the food.

Not so much with El Camino Real. It was just standard…nothing special. The best part was that they serve tortilla chips hot, which is how we both prefer them.

We both had chilis relleno, which were fine (again, nothing to write home about). I had a beef enchilada and Chris had a tamale that was “fine”.

We originally picked Mexican because Chris was in the mood for pork, and unfortunately there was no pig on the menu except for one entree offering of pork chops.
The menu does have a wide variety of combination dinners, however, and some “fancier” dishes (all termed “new”), so it’s not all order-by-number. I was in the mood for refritos, however, so the combination was what I was looking for.

We also made it a “dry” dinner (me for obvious reasons, being two days away from my due date), but even Chris skipped out on a margarita, which may have made the meal a little bit more enjoyable. All in all, it was standard, typical Mexican food. If you’re looking for a quick lunch or dinner, here you go. At least they had beans.

Acapulco Joe’s

This is a popular downtown institution. Legend has it that Joe took a bus from the border intending to go to Minneapolis, but instead boarded the bus to the similar-sounding Indianapolis, and stayed put once he arrived. Whatever the details, it’s a pretty good place to meet after work.

Salsa comes in ketchup-style squeeze bottles, so creepy double-dipping party members are not a problem, if you’re the compulsive type. Christopher’s two favorite Mexican “indicator dishes,” as he calls them, may not be quite what one would normally expect: the chile rellenos are actually jalapeños (rather than the more common poblano), and the tamales are large, moist, and served unwrapped. And the margaritas are good.

Open Sundays for Colts games only.

El Sol de Tala

The same menu as the Washington St establishment offers more authentic Mexican than most are used to (read: goat). The brightly colored, festively painted, never ending dining room has that same Mexican marketplace feel to it, but when you’re two people out of six in the whole place (and four of the six are the mariachi band serenading you), it can be a little awkward to finish your beand and rice.
The chicken mole will forever be Emily’s favorite, and Chris usually goes for the chile rellenos en caldo. Just stay away from the margaritas: for a Mexican restaurant, they just don’t work.

La Jolla

OK, the patio is fun and always packed, but the margaritas are shabby, the food isn’t that great, and what Mexican restaurant runs out of beans, for crying out loud!?