14724 Airline Hwy. Ste. 10
Not to be confused with the typical Mexican restaurant, La Mestiza and its big brother, Mestizo, are Louisiana Mexican restaurants, a point of clarity that chef/owner Jim Uridales wants people to know about. With his creative menu he has managed to incorporate our delicious seafood bounty into traditional Mexican fare, creating a fusion of cuisines that is delicious and unique.
We visited La Mestiza on a Thursday evening and found it to be moderately busy, but not overcrowded. In keeping with tradition, I felt compelled to order a margarita immediately, for professional evaluation purposes of course. For a house margarita it was pretty good, better than most that I have had. Just the fact that it wasn’t that disgusting neon green color that is so often seen was a good sign.
The obligatory chips and salsa were presented, and I found the salsa to be okay. Personally I like it a bit spicier; I found this one to be a little too much on the mild side. The addition of carrots was unusual, but I think it adds nice little hint of sweetness, which some extra heat would have paired with nicely.
The plethora of seafood dishes on the menu was instantly appealing to me. Crawfish and spinach con queso, shrimp and crab nachos, crawfish burrito, and shrimp and Portobello quesadillas to name a few. Although I would have loved to sample all of these, time and money dictated otherwise. I opted for the best combination of seafood items available, the Mendoza. This combination platter consisted of a crawfish chimichanga, shrimp and crab chili relleno, and a guacamole salad. I requested rice in the place of the salad since I’m not a big fan of guacamole, but sadly my request got lost before I received my dish.
The highlight of the combo was easily the chili relleno. The stuffing of crab and shrimp was delicious, and was great with the pepper which was softened nicely from the frying. The chimichanga was good, not too bready as some I have had, but didn’t stand out remarkably.
The dessert offerings were fairly typical, and tempting, but this time around were skipped. All in all, Mestiza is a nice place to go to fill the need for Mexican food, but not be subjected to the same ordinary dishes.