Great Local Eats: Mexico Lindo

This afternoon, Matt and I made an impromptu visit to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants for lunch. Mexico Lindo, in Brick, is actually where we had one of our first dates. We discovered it last summer while on the hunt for a good burrito. It’s small and easy to miss, but once you’re inside you feel like you’re in a good friend’s kitchen.

The staff, particularly the owner, is incredibly friendly and accommodating. Each time we’ve gone to eat there, he has gone out of his way to make genuine conversation with us. While Matt and I were looking over the [extensive] menu, we were brought tortilla chips with fresh, flavorful salsa. To drink, we ordered some tamarind-flavored Jarritos soda. Not too sweet, but very refreshing.

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For lunch, Matt ordered the poblano burrito with mole sauce. It was literally the size of his arm and stuffed with chicken, fluffy yellow rice, beans, and poblano peppers. The mole was rich and chocolatey. So tasty! I had the shrimp taco platter. The tacos came in corn tortillas with yellow rice, refried beans, and a tangy salsa verde.

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We left completely satisfied, practically in food comas. There are so many other things I would love to try on the menu. Some of our other favorites are the shrimp burrito and the pork verde burrito. When we went last summer, we got to eat outside on their patio. It’s modest, but there is something so satisfying about eating great food outside. Additionally, the prices are reasonable and the portions are very generous.

Unfortunately, Mexico Lindo doesn’t have a website, but I’ll leave the info below in case you’re in the area and would like to go there:

Mexico Lindo

2063 NJ-88

Brick, NJ 08724

What are some of your favorite Mexican dishes? Feel free to share with us!

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Sunset Dinners at The Shrimp Box

One of my favorite restaurants in Point Pleasant Beach is The Shrimp Box. It makes me think of summertime and good, homey seafood dishes. This afternoon, I went there with my mother for Palm Sunday. Unfortunately, Matt had to work today and couldn’t join us.

We had a reservation for a booth by the window, overlooking the harbor. The sun was shining and the breeze was gentle. It was a lovely view.

The best thing that The Shrimp Box offers, in my opinion, is their sunset dinners. They are available Sunday through Friday from 12PM to 6PM and on Saturdays from 12PM to 5PM. Your choice of entree includes a cup of clam chowder or salad bar, potato, vegetable, dessert, and beverage. I think it’s an excellent deal.

To start, we ordered fried calamari. It was light, crispy, and came with sides of marinara and chipotle sauce to dip. For my entree, I ordered the broiled seafood trio (shrimp, scallops, flounder) with a baked potato, and mixed vegetables. My mother ordered the stuffed twin fillets of flounder with mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables.

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My seafood was cooked perfectly. The flounder was moist and flaked apart easily, the scallops were rich and sweet, and the shrimp was deliciously buttery. I literally couldn’t stop eating. The baked potato was cooked well, too, and I topped it with butter and herby sour cream. Yum!

By the time we were finished with our entrees, the waitress came and asked us what we would like for dessert. We told her up front we would definitely be taking it to go, but we had the following treats to pick from: carrot cake, chocolate cake, apple crumb, rice pudding, or Jell-O. I went with the carrot cake and my mother picked the apple crumb. I’m still too stuffed to eat it, but it will make a nice treat for later tonight!

I’ve never been disappointed at The Shrimp Box and always look forward to eating there.

Do you have any favorite local seafood restaurants? What do you like to get when you go there?

Tia Tries Blue Apron

Last night, I had dinner with our friends Alex and Bryan. Unfortunately, Matt had to work so he wasn’t able to join us.

Alex was excited because they recently started using Blue Apron. She told me that their first three meals were free, and with their current plan they get three meals per week. Blue Apron has a two person option as well as a family option (for four). I’ve heard good things about the meal delivery service from other friends, and I was looking forward to seeing what it was all about.

On the menu was spinach and fresh mozzarella pizza. All the ingredients were fresh and individually packaged: pizza dough, spinach, mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta salata, oregano, green pepper, shallot, tomato sauce, and red pepper flakes. Each meal comes with its own recipe card. There were even full color pictures and wine pairings. I also saw nutrition facts for each meal as well as some other literature about food.

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Alex and Bryan prepared everything together. I tried to help, but mostly ended up drinking wine (I brought over a yummy red moscato). What I thought was interesting about this recipe was that the sauce didn’t actually go on the pizza, but was instead reserved for dipping as per the directions.

When everything was ready, we sat down to eat. I think we were all pretty impressed with how the pizza came out: the dough was nice and crispy and I loved all the fresh veggies on top.

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What I liked best about my Blue Apron experience was that the recipes are ones you might not typically think to make while cooking at home. For example, Alex mentioned that she and Bryan made kale quesadillas with fried egg one night and shiitake miso burgers another. I feel like it really allows you to explore new foods. What I didn’t like was how much package waste was leftover. While it’s great that the ingredients are pre-portioned, there was a lot of plastic to throw out.

Have you ever used Blue Apron before? What are your thoughts?

*This post is not sponsored by Blue Apron.