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Lindo Michoacan, Las Vegas, what to order?

Rick May 27, 2007 08:20 PM

My wife and I will be visiting Vegas for a week and we'll be going here for dinner. This place has the type of menu that I'd love to have several visits to work my way through but we'll only have one shot. What do you recommend we order to get the best taste of the place?

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    Dave Feldman RE: Rick May 28, 2007 12:36 AM

    Do you like goat? I can't resist ordering the birria, especially because they act as a wonderful foil for the fabulous corn tortillas.

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      Debbie W RE: Dave Feldman May 28, 2007 08:20 AM

      Hey Dave, what's the difference between Lindo Michoacan and Bonita Michoacan? Can you (or anyone) compare and contrast? Usually we avoid Mexican food during our Vegas trips, since we get plenty of good stuff at home in L.A., but lately I've been mumbling to my husband about trying one of these for lunch since I feel we've worked through a lot of lunch options on the strip and also lots of times he's working at one or the other of his client's facilities so we're out and about with our car when lunchtime rolls around on a weekday.

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        GroovinGourmet RE: Debbie W May 28, 2007 10:53 AM

        Very little difference. The menus are virtually identical, along with the one from Viva Michoacan in Henderson (the newest and most upscale of the trio). Atmosphere is typical Amerimex. There's usually soccer on TVin the and a decent one-man keyboard band in the vicinity.

        As for what to get, I tend to go with their shrimp dishes. My overall fave preparation is the Dionisias in a creamy green poblano sauce. Last visit in I went with the Zirahuen which is a bit more piquant. If I'm not having shrimp I'm usually going with the fish with olives and almonds. Basically, if it looks good to you, you will love it. And go hungry...you get both bean dip and achiote salsa with your chips, and most entrees include a bowl of fideo soup...simple but very satisfying.
        The tableside guac is definitely worth the tariff, and they will spice it to order.

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          Debbie W RE: GroovinGourmet May 28, 2007 12:49 PM

          "Creamy green poblano sauce" are four words that go together extremely well! Thanks for the info.

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          Dave Feldman RE: Debbie W May 29, 2007 10:17 AM


          If you are in Northwest Vegas for lunch, I'd recommend the snack bar at Mariana's Supermarket on Valley View and Sahara. It doesn't bat 1000, but I think it has the best Mexican food I've had in Las Vegas. Service is gracious but a little haphazard, which is OK by me, because I love the hot, freshly made tortilla chips (the same ones they bag and sell in the market) and salsa that you can eat for free while waiting for your order. The tacos are terrific but the more complex specials tend to be great, too. And there's an adjoining stand where you can buy all sorts of fruit drinks, freshly squeezed.

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            Debbie W RE: Dave Feldman May 29, 2007 08:43 PM

            Thanks for that, Dave. I googled it and know right where it is. My husband usually just works the morning either in North L.V. or at the other facility which is pretty far east off of Charleston. He drops me so I can play pai gow at the Golden Nugget and so he has to swing downtown to pick me up. We'll be there in July and August for 3 days each time so maybe we'll get over to Mariana's.

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          QAW RE: Dave Feldman May 28, 2007 09:05 AM

          Slightly off of the Lindo Michoacan topic, but if there are any fans of birria in Las Vegas, we have a gem of a sleeper in Commerical Center, about a two minute walk from the Lotus of Siam door - Birria Jalisco. It is owned by a family originally from Guadalajara, where birria-only joints are common. I had wondered how well that type of establishment would play here because it is the only dish that they serve, but after opening in a tiny store-front two years ago they have been able to expand and take over an adjoining spot. Absolutely no frills, but they take a lot of pride in what they do.

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            westie RE: QAW May 29, 2007 02:11 AM

            Here is a little background on Birria Jalisco - it looks like the founder's offspring operate the Las Vegas restaurant:


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              Dave Feldman RE: QAW May 29, 2007 10:21 AM

              I haven't been to Birria Jalisco for more than a year, but as of then I preferred the Michocans (especially at Lindo). Almost all of the business is takeout, but it's fun to eat there and watch customers strolling in. Unless things have changed, Jalisco in LV doesn't have the variety of birria that its counterpart in L.A. does. My only choice was the size of the entree -- no other entrees are served except dessert.

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                1newyorkguy RE: Dave Feldman May 29, 2007 11:52 PM

                how easy/hard is it to get to Lindo Michoacan from the strip? I'll probably be staying at treasure island

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                  Dave Feldman RE: 1newyorkguy May 30, 2007 03:23 PM

                  Relatively easy. It's on Desert Inn, east of the Strip. Not difficult, but maybe a $15-$20 cab ride from T.I.

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