Whenever my son’s birthday rolls around, he challenges me to try something new. We tend to have dinner, just the two of us, and then celebrate with cake and gifts with the others later. This year, we agreed to try a new Mexican restaurant in our area and, we’ve gotta say, Pueblo Lindo did not disappoint!
The McCall-based eatery already has a strong fanbase so it’s not surprising that they chose to open a new location in Meridian, the 10th-fastest-growing city in America. Some of the staff even chose to relocate to the Boise suburb, leaving the mountains and tranquility of McCall behind.
As I always do before trying a new place to eat, I checked Yelp before visiting Pueblo Lindo and was encouraged by both the reviews and the incredible pictures users had shared. Confident in what I’d found, we bundled up and headed over.
Chips, Salsa and Margaritas
Confession: I totally judge a Mexican restaurant by the quality of their chips and salsa. Usually, this does not steer me wrong. The chips were warm and the salsa was flavorful. I knew I was in for a good meal. At Pueblo Lindo, no matter how many times we got to the bottom of our basket (three…maybe four times? GAH!), they kept the chips coming.
He’s 22 now, so Joshua and I can enjoy one of my favorite alcoholic beverages together — margaritas! Okay, truth be told, neither of us really drinks alcohol, but we do indulge a little on special occasions.
While I ordered the strawberry (my eternal favorite), he went with banana. He was completely surprised by the flavor. After expecting the artificial taste you’d expect from a slushie, his margarita tasted like actual banana! We both enjoyed the drinks so we were excited for our entrees.
What We Ordered
The menu offers much of what you’d typically expect from a Mexican restaurant, but Pueblo Lindo does it better than any place we’ve tried in Idaho. After much deliberation (and consulting with our bubbly server), we placed our order.
Joshua ordered Pollo a la Crema, a dish of sliced chicken breast and mushroom prepared in a creamy sauce. The meal also included rice, beans, and warm tortillas. He was so impressed by everything, including the texture of the mushrooms and the flavor of the rice.
At Mexican restaurants, I tend to stick with fajitas but, on that day, I decided to step a bit outside my comfort zone. I chose the Pueblo Lindo Enchilada, a 10-inch flour tortilla filled with rice, beans, and your choice of meat (I went with shredded chicken) smothered with melted cheese and enchilada sauce, then topped with lettuce, onion, cilantro, sour cream and guacamole.
It was a flavor explosion in my mouth! I’ve never been one for enchiladas, unless they are homemade and I can control the ratios (especially the amount of sauce on my plate). Pueblo Lindo know what they’re doing, though, because this entree was perfect. We cleaned our plates!
In honor of Joshua’s birthday, they brought a delicious dessert to our table. We were both stuffed so it was hard to find room but I’ve gotta say, this was also really tasty!
Pueblo Lingo is a great restaurant with excellent service. The menu is extensive menu and food was genuinely fantastic! The staff clearly take pride in their work and I’m looking forward to our next visit!