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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MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos

Matt and I didn’t know what we wanted to do today. After deliberating, we drove to Long Branch only to discover that the cafe we were planning on visiting didn’t open until 6:30 PM! So, we took a drive and ended up in Asbury Park – one of our favorite places. We thought about where we could go and ultimately decided on MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos after I mentioned “unlimited kimchi bar.”

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MOGO is a casual Korean fusion spot right on Cookman Avenue. Their basic menu boasts tacos, burritos, bowls, and salads plus your choice of protein: beef, chicken, fish, pork, shrimp, or tofu. They also offer a bibimbap burger, boki cheesesteak, and Korean fried chicken, among other selections.

Today, I ordered the bowl with veggie fried rice, pork with citrus mayo slaw, and added the Korean esquites (corn with cotija cheese, lime, and kimchi) for an extra $1. Matt ordered the burrito with bulgogi beef and Asian pico de gallo. The pork was marinated very well – a good mix of salty and spicy. I’m also very happy I added the esquites because the corn/kimchi combo brought some extra flavor. Matt’s burrito was very good, too (he liked it better than my bowl). The beef was very tender and definitely had the sweetness that is so characteristic of bulgogi.

We also sampled the cucumber kimchi, daikon radish kimchi, and traditional cabbage kimchi. The cucumber was my favorite (it wasn’t too spicy). Matt liked the daikon, which was sweet and vinegary. We both agreed that the cabbage kimchi was a little bland.

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The prices were very reasonable (both the burrito and the bowl cost $9) and the portions were a good size. We left feeling very full and would 100% go back again.

After lunch, we took a nice drive through Deal and Spring Lake. Although it was very cold out, we enjoyed looking at all the beautiful houses.

Have you ever been to MOGO? What’s your favorite thing to get?