Review: Chile VerdeAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
7369 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46250
It seems that this city is filled with strip mall Mexican restaurants and Chile Verde is another one of those located on the Northeast side at roughly 75th & Shadeland Avenue.
As with most Mexican restaurants, they start you with unlimited chips and salsa and ordinarily I wouldn’t comment on this, but in this case, I have to because this was good salsa. The salsa was little runny for my tastes, but outside of that the taste was spot on. I prefer my salsas to be overpowering and this one had an overpowering taste of onion and cilantro. If you like mild salsas, you aren’t going to like this one because this one might make your nose run. Anyway, on with the actual meal…
What I Got: Pick Four Combo (Chicken Taco, Beef Burrito, Chicken Chalupa, Bean Enchilada) $9.99.
First things first, this was A LOT of food, as you can see. In the lower plate are the taco and the chalupa. The upper plate includes the burrito, enchilada, rice and refried beans (rice and refried beans are served with all combo meals). As with most of these strip center Mexican places, my food was served in about fourteen seconds. I don’t know how they do it, but that always makes me laugh.
Taste-wise, the chicken taco and chicken chalupa were outstanding and that is because the chicken was outstanding. The chicken was freshly cooked, large and tender. In my experience, that doesn’t happen a lot and when it does, it is truly appreciated. I also appreciated that they used traditional queso fresco on all the dishes as opposed to the cheddar cheese that you see on most “Americanized” Mexican dishes.
The burrito and enchilada on the other hand were just boring. They weren’t bad, but they also weren’t anything to write home about. The beef was greasy, mushy and seemed like it had just been sitting in a warmer box for hours even though the restaurant had just opened for lunch. Not an encouraging sign. The beans in my enchilada seemed like they were poured straight out of a can and really were no different than the bean mix that you would get in a bean burrito at Taco Bell. If I’m paying “premium” prices, I’d like my beans to be a little better than that which I could get at Taco Bell.
The rice and beans were just rice and beans. Again, the beans were the same thing used in the burrito, so they weren’t all that wonderful. The rice, while tasty, seemed like it had also been sitting in the warmer box for a while as well and that was disappointing.
Would I Buy It Again? Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment, but yes, I would buy this again. In the future, I wouldn’t mess around with the beans or the beef though and I would go straight for the chicken. I’ve certainly had better Mexican food than this and I’ve definitely had worse, but for $9.99 (I also had a $1.00 off coupon from coupons4indy.com), you are getting a very filling meal that really isn’t going to cost you all that much and has a halfway decent taste.