I love Mexican food, theoretically. I have periodic cravings where I imagine myself chomping on delicious chips and downing margaritas and being happy. Then I go and order something and I get a plate where the soupy bland beans plop out onto the plate and mix with rice that’s red but tastes like nothing and my taco makes me wish I had just gone to a tacqueria. Like, every time. So when Frequent Foodie Friend Christina told me La Parada was different, I was cynical. My hopes had just…they’d been dashed so many times before. I’m happy to report that she was once again correct-La Parada is different. I now have a place for Mexican.
The restaurant is just east of downtown, near Flat 12 and Sun King breweries. It is in a bright building on New York St but is little bit hard to spot because it sits in a strip mall behind the building it occupied until recently. So keep those eyes open. Also, the one flaw I found is that they serve beer and wine, but no liquor-so margaritas must be consumed before or after eating here. I’d recommend after, because you want to be sober for this food. The inside is cheery and full of bright, painted,carved-wood booths.
The salsa that comes to every table is quite delicious here. I’m embarassingly spice intolerant, but this was perfect.
Christina swore up and down we HAD to get the choriqueso dip and she was completely right. Ignore the little islands of grease on a cask of salty, cheesy, sausagey goodness, this was the best queso I’ve had in a long time. We cleaned the dish.
I also tried a steak taco, just to see what the tacos were like because they were only $1.75. As it turns out, I wouldn’t come back for the tacos. Nothing was wrong with them, per se, but nothing was special either, and I have plenty of places I love for tacos. You can’t argue with that amount of meat, though.
The other showstopper of the night was the carne asada platter with shrimp, which we split and did not finish. The roast onions and peppers, the shrimp in a mild cheesey sauce, the soft flour tortillas, it was ALL great. This was it! This is exactly what I am looking for when I crave Mexican!
I came back a few weeks later with my partner in crime, and guess what we ordered? It was just too good not to get again. This time, for good measure, I tried the elotes, and they were the best I have had in Indianapolis. I was in heaven.
I am thrilled to have finally found a place in Indianapolis where I can scratch my Mexican food itch. There are probably more that are decent like this, but La Parada is now my place. These guys like it, too. http://