Mexico Lindo is located in Melrose, right on the main drag. It has certain charms, but also certain drawbacks. I was intrigued when my friend told me that they have margaritas the size of a sink basin and a Mariachi band on Wednesdays.
Mexico Lindo is almost always packed. It’s got a good vibe. The space is brightly painted with lots of murals. The windows are covered with tapestries, which makes the restaurant look a little shady from the street. The service is pretty mediocre.
The chips and salsa are delicious. The margaritas are tasty, cheap and served in cactus glasses. Since I have had trouble with margarita mixes in the past (some mixes contain barley), I was happy to find one that doesn’t leave me feeling like Freddy Krueger is wending his way through my intestinal tract.
They have a really extensive menu. I would love more of it: however, the wait-staff has told me they can only suggest the fajitas (veggie, chicken or beef) with corn tortillas for a gluten allergy. I am not sure if everything there really is made with some form of gluten or they just do not fully understand gluten allergies. I have to be honest, sometimes my husband offers to take me here and I decline if I am not in the mood to explain my food allergy over and over / be really on guard throughout the meal.
Actually, when considering my experiences here, fajitas are the best choice: it’s basically grilled meat/veggies and some rice, beans, salad garnish, sour cream and guacamole. A few times, they have brought flour tortillas instead of the requested corn: luckily, I can smell the difference (weird, right?). The food itself is tasty, I like their refried beans and the seasoning they use on the chicken, onion and peppers. The only big drawback, the food is greasy, like Philly cheesesteak greasy.
I would recommend being vigilant when dining here with a food allergy. Ask a lot of questions and make sure you check they have brought corn tortillas.
Regardless, the fajitas are delicious. And so are the ‘ritas.
g/f friendly: 2 out of 5
taste and quality of food: 3 out of 5