Review: Friaco’s Mexican Restaurant and CantinaAuthor: BigRedEater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Fishers, IN
Friaco’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
11680 Commercial Dr.
Fishers, IN 46037
Yet another new restaurant has opened in Fishers, this time across from the Target on 116th street . Previously this location housed Stefano’s Pizzeria, which I was sad to see close. I was surprised to see a Mexican restaurant going in there, as there seem to be so many others around, but was happy to have another to try out. My wife is not a big fan of El Rodeo (though I like it pretty well) and neither of us wanted to drive to Castleton, so we thought we’d poke our heads in, check out the menu, and see how it looked. Walking in, it was actually nicely decorated, with the typical Mexican music playing, and we even spotted some friends that looked happy with the meal they were wrapping up. So we decided to try it out. Sitting down, we were pleased to see that Friaco’s is part of a small chain, with two locations in Illinois, as well as a location in Mexico. We figured this means they must have some sort of proven formula and know what they’re doing.
What I Got:
We started out with a bean dip appetizer ($4.49), which consisted of a layer of white queso over refried beans. It was very tasty with chips, but what was even tastier was the salsa they served with the chips. It had a bit of bite, and was pureed to be smoothly chunky. But both were very good.
Next, we moved onto entrees. I love carnitas. What is there to not love about them? They’re chunks of fried pork, and hard to screw up. They’re the chicken parmesan of Mexican restaurants. So, I ordered the carnitas entrée ($10.99). They came with rice, refried beans, lettuce and tomato topped with a slice of avocado, which was a very nice touch. The carnitas were absolutely delicious – the only disappointment was that I could only make it through about half of them. I might try the carnitas chimichunga next time as that also looks good.
My wife ordered the sour cream enchildas, which we both liked. They were filled with shredded chicken with just the right amount of seasoning, and topped with a tasty sour cream sauce. They also had rice and beans on the side. My entrée was not loaded with peppers and onions as per my request (I’m not a big fan of either), but both dishes tasted terrific and far from plain. We also shared a 27 ounce blue margarita that was on special ($8.99) and which was quite good. But really, is there such a thing as a bad margarita?
Would I Buy It Again? Yes, absolutely. Everything we had was very good, and the atmosphere was pleasant enough to make it a nice location for a date night. Some friends of ours also enjoyed their meal, and dropped off an extra “buy one get one half-off coupon” from coupons4indy.com. They had signs up advertising that kids eat free on Mondays and $4.99 lunch specials during the week. There’s nothing groundbreaking here, but Friaco’s hits a sweet spot for us as a great sit-down, slightly upscale Mexican restaurant. It’s a big improvement over Don Pablo’s. We’ll be going back there for sure, possibly with the kids in tow.