Mexico Lindo, 1060 S. Garey Ave. (at 11th), Pomona
Called to the Pomona courthouse for jury duty this week, I soon began mulling my lunch options. The courts give you a generous 90 minutes, long enough that a person could drive somewhere, but there are walkable options nearby. Mexico Lindo is one of the best.
I’ve been there a few times over the years, including on previous jury duty stints. The walk from the courthouse is about five blocks. Mexico Lindo has reputedly been there in its block building since the late 1960s. The Lepe family, the current owners and operators, bought it in 1982. They also have Tropical Mexico on East End, another Pomona favorite.
Mexico Lindo’s interior has brick arches into the kitchen and in the wall separating the two halves of the dining room, but otherwise looks a lot like an American coffee shop, down to the green vinyl booths and service number at the end of each table. The menu has all the basics plus seafood dishes with shrimp, lobster, tilapia and octopus.
I had a carne asada torta ($4.50), which came on a fluffy bun and filled me up for the afternoon. Because that seemed inadequate for a Restaurant of the Week, I went back the next day for a late lunch after being excused from jury service.
This time I had camarones con hongo ($10), which is shrimp with mushrooms, plus tomatoes, onions and bell peppers. This came with fries, rice and a cup of albondigas soup (or a salad). There was nothing revelatory about either meal, but both were solid, filling and tasty. I took almost half the shrimp entree home.
Mexico Lindo isn’t hip or exciting, but they do a good job, and the restaurant is worth a visit even when you’re not stuck downtown. And since it’s open 365 days a year, their schedule will always coincide with yours.