Lindo Michoacan is a great Mexican restaurant if you know what to order. Many of the standard dishes are remarkably pedestrian, so there’s no reason to go out of your way for a flauta, green chile burrito (done much better at El Sombrero), or one of its tostadas or tacos.
They have a good selection of tequilas, but it’s not great, and they use a mix for their margaritas. The beers are standard-issue Mexican.
But the tortillas are fresh, the hostesses mas diablo, and you’d be hard pressed to find a friendlier restaurant anywhere north of the border.
What we come here for is to be slipped the tongue. It really gets our goat. And we get theirs. And ELV always leaves happy.
That lengua comes five ways, and we’ve had two of them: a dark red mole and a complex green pipian (ground pumpkin seed) mole. Both were rich, deep, soulful and slippery — just the way ELV likes getting his tongue.
The birria de chiva (goat stew) is a dark, strongly-flavored delight. This concoction doesn’t kid around — its gamy essence of mature, mildly-hot meat comes in a bowl big enough to feed two hungry adults. So good is it, that we can forgive the tepid fideo, sorry sides, and the usual waste-of-time-fried beans. The egg-rich, silky flan, however, is stellar.
Dinner for two will run around $60 — more if you channel your inner Benicio Del Toro at the tequila bar. Lunch specials are much cheaper, but center on the much more generic Mexican offerings.
2655 East Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121