The GLOB Master was out in NW G'ville heading North, and around a bend in the road on 34th St. when a long-time Mexican lunchtime friend burst out from the curb screaming, "COMA AQUÍ!" Just like that: "EAT HERE." Mexican lunch there was an incredibly good idea. Being an early lunch starter, I was the first in the walk-up line inside El Indio. The El Indio Special was a California Burrito, which I chose for my lunch and consisted of a standard black bean burrito accompanied by salsa, cheese, refried beans, sour cream, and avocado. The heat from the burrito melted the sour cream into a delicious white sauce with big accents of avocado. The Mexican spices were perfect, with a little green salsa help. Then, I couldn't resist -- I had to also order my typical hard shell taco. Sombreros off to El Indio for their excellently prepared their side dishes of refried beans and rice in an attractive, handy, and eventually recyclable container. PS. Don't forget the homemade green salsa – pictured on the beans & rice - available to spice up your lunch.
Mexican lunch fulfills FOTR requirements
There we sat at the light on the corner of NW 39th Avenue and NW 34th Street. Our lunch hour was running out and we needed to make a quick decision about where we were going to eat.
In no certain order, my thoughts processed immediate lunch alternatives in a random fashion: FOTR, drive thru, fast service . . . Mexican.
Just like that I could see myself motoring us to El Indio on NW 34th St. across from the Pinch-a-Penny swimming pool store.
If you have read other Mexican features on the GLOB, you know I am under the impression that there is no bad Mexican food. So, El Indio, with their home style approach to Mexican lunch, worked for me.
Unlike the El Indio drive through on 13th St., close to the University of Florida campus, the El Indio on NW 34th St. has a store front dining area with a few tables for dining on your favorite south of the border lunch fare like tacos, burritos, quesadillas. enchiladas, and taquitos, plus specialties like carne asada, tempeh, and apple burritos.
If you don't see what you like in that list, El Indio also has a good selection of nachos, chimichangas, and salads.
If I have still failed to entice your palate, you might be interested in the El Indio North of the Border Hamburgers. These sliders are available in 9 different variations. There's bound to be a specialized burger on that list that rings your bell, and I don't mean your Taco Bell. By the way, how do you say hamburger in Spanish . . .?
Along with nachos, cheese, and guacamole, you can also purchase a small or large order of French fries.
A familiar brand of ice cream in assorted flavors is available for dessert.
Now that is quite a list of lunch time choices to sort out, being in a rush and all. Lucky for me, there is a list of El Indio Combo Platters that make ordering easier for the uninitiated customer. These platters include black beans, rice, and a small beverage. Black beans and rice on the side of a lunch combo made me realize that I was about to enter the belly buster -- that?s a lot of food.
Accepting my fate I ordered the El Indio #4: a hard shell taco, an enchilada, black beans, rice and a drink.
The taco was excellent. A warm, crispy tortilla encased spicy ground beef, cheese, lettuce, and salsa that performed a Mexican hat dance on my taste buds.
The enchilada was also very tasty.
The El Indio salsa pulled this lunch together for me in "ay-carrumba-kinda-way.
Not a lot of tomato sauce in this spicy mix but tons of Mexican flavor. I might have made the salsa the main ingredient of my lunch because I made sure it accompanied my rice, beans, taco and enchilada.
El Indio provided a good lunch experience. Heck, it might even qualify for close to the top of my Food On The Run favorite list. That was tasty Mexican food. and a lot of it.
El Indio's quick service and reasonable prices compelled me tell the Spanish staffers upon exiting, "I'm coming back!
I need to learn how to say that in Spanish.
The Pluses and Minusesof El Indio:
El Indio (+) indicators: fresh ingredients, spicy entrees, reasonably priced.
El Indio (-) indicators: A functional FOTR stop, El Indio does not possess a lot of ambient charm, how ever the cooks and servers appear to be authentic Mexicans and there was authentic Mexican music piped into the dining area..
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- Phone Number: 336-4441
- Address: 5011 NW 34th St,, Gainesville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: 34th Street
- Web Site: El Indio
- Latitude: 29.699816
- Longitude: -82.3707292
Brenda Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:33 Comment Link
Fries are great and the BF and son like their milkshakes. I find the hamburger buns are waaay to large for the burger patty itself. As for the hard shell tacos mine have always been loaded with water(lettuce) so I've stopped purchasing them. I do really like the black beans and chips but if you order cheese on the beans make sure you ask for extra or you will get a "quarter" size aoumnt.
Kristin Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:11 Comment Link
I love el Indio! Our favorite stop in the summer after tubing. Very tasty, very filling. I love the tempeh burrito. However, this is also my stop whenever I get that guilty urge to eat a HUGE quantity of french fries. The large order is under $2 and fills a whole paper bag. Mmmm...