There is a growing trend in Indy to erect buildings with a relatively small footprint that has retail spaces on the ground floor and rental residence on upper floors. The structure that Loco is in is one of these mixed use buildings. I think it has been around about three years. The bottom floor has a Mashcraft tasting room and Loco. I believe that it has been there since the beginning. The space that houses Loco has had a sort of revolving door on it; as far as tenants are concerned. That is one reason I was eager to go here. I wanted to see the place if they were gone in 6 months.
I ordered their Chile Colorado plate for $11. That is skirt steak simmered in a red chile and served with rice, salad, avocado and some flour tortillas to build your own mini burritos. The first thing you notice is the size of the meal. Neither one of our dishes were skimpy. Even Pat’s lunch special, which was only $8.
I thought my Chile Colorado was excellent. The chile sauce had that wonderful earthiness of a red chile pod sauce. Even the rice; which is normally just a spear carrier in a Mexican meal had a personality of its own. The meat was abundant and had just a slight chew to it. Which is to be expected of skirt steak. I would do it again. However there are so many other things I would like to try.
One more thing I had to try.
Yes that is a Frozen Margarita. A 27 ounce one for $9. I have not had one in over 30 years. I still have no idea why I ordered one today. It was okay but I prefer my ritas to be up or on the rocks.
Frozen cocktails aside I think this joint has a staying quality the other places didn’t have. It is a beautiful place with a nice patio and they serve kids. Something I think the neighbors might appreciate. I will be back.
Now isn’t that a lovely name. Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it. Pat and I are late to the party for this joint, judging from the number of Blog posts. But here we are.
The place was open in 1960 and the dining rooms reflect that era well. Except for the one masonry and brick wall and the exposed duct work
As soon as you are seated you are given two small bowls of salsa and a grand bowl of pickled carrot and peppers.
The carrot and chiles were excellent. Either eaten out of hand or put in your sandwich. Since they offered no chips I assume the salsa was intended as condiments. Based upon the amount of tiny seeds I figured the green salsa was a tomatillo sauce. It was so so. As for the red it was a red pod puree. Slight heat and a wonderful earthiness that dried red chiles give. However they were not strained. I wasn’t taught that way, so I really didn’t dig it.
They offer tamales, tacos and quessadillas. But their main bag are tortas. Mexican style sandwiches.
Their menu has the sandwiches identified by nationality, number or celebrity. They also have a build your own category. That’s what Pat opted for.
I required steak and chorizo. So I ordered # 22. The Mexican. Grilled steak,chorizo,avocado, cilantro and bell peppers topped with mozzarella cheese. Very, very good. With all the stuff offered on the sandwich it could have been huge. This sandwich was a wonderful example of proportion. A great filling to bread ratio. The bread was nicely crusted and the interior had just the right amount of fluffiness. I love their bread. I loved this sandwich. Of course you all know that. I mean their spot on the Spoon shows a 94% approval. And all those bloggers? Well. As I said we were late. Don’t you be late. This joint is legit. Excellent sandwiches. They also have a great collection of Jarritos. So. Your move.