Between work, life’s regular tasks and my extracurricular activities, it felt like forever since I had been to a new restaurant. So I was super excited to meet my girlfriends at La Mulita.
I’d heard about this establishment due to the fact that it belongs to the family of restaurants that has brought Indianapolis such wonderful food: Northside Social, Northside Kitchenette and Delicia. I’ve been to each and loved them so I was sure La Mulita would please.
La Mulita serves casual cantina-style Latin “street foods” – a much-needed break from my current diet.
On a recent rainy Friday evening, my friends and I trekked to La Mulita located on College Avenue in the SoBro neighborhood. The eatery is next door to Delicia, but had a more causal feel than its slightly more upscale neighbor.
Along the way to our table, we passed a long bar that pours tiki drinks, craft cocktails, cervezas and more. For avid readers of the Restaurant Spotlight, you know I enjoy an uncomplicated menu. La Mulita is one of those restaurants: a place that offers a handful of items done exceptionally well.
The first thing to arrive at our table was the guacamole my friend Adrienne ordered. I keep saying I don’t like guacamole, but being that I ravenously devoured her appetizer, I don’t know if I can say that any more. A true statement would be “I like well-made, delicious and flavorful guacamole.” It certainly was. Its unexpected kick and garlicky notes tempted me to eat so much of it.
Though I only had a select amount of choices, it took me a while to decide what I’d eat as my entrée. The Mexican Dog (bacon-wrapped beef link, pico de gallo, guac, chipotle mayo and carmelized onion) is mine once I’m able to eat hot dogs again.
The Tamales Oaxaqueños (chicken, mole, panella queso, and crema) sounded wonderful and I almost went with the vegetarian cemitas (breaded eggplant, roasted peppers, Chihuahua cheese, caramelized onion and cilantro mayo).
I decided to go with the fish tacos (white fish, roasted Serrano aioli, slaw and pickled onions). My friend Nicole ordered the same thing and Adrienne ordered the Tlayuda de Chorizo (crispy flour tortilla, black bean salsa, chorizo, sliced skirt steak, Chihuahua cheese, tomato and cilantro-lime crema) which was similar to a Mexican pizza.
My tacos were some of the best fish tacos I’ve ever had! Adrienne proclaimed that her entrée was delicious as well. We didn’t order the sweet potato wedges or plantain chips. We were so stuffed, those sides would probably have been wrapped up in a doggy bag.
We washed our dinner down with water, but La Mulita has Coke products and other standard drinks.
On another day, when I’m not so full, I may try their churros and chocolate.
Verdict: I had a wonderful time at La Mulita. The atmosphere was casual, the food was amazing and the prices were perfect. My dinner and a third of the guacamole ran about $13.
They have a lunch menu too so if you’re in the SoBro area and want something delicious and not your usual soup and sandwich, stop by La Mulita.
5215 N. College Ave.
Indianapolis, Ind. 46220
Hours: Monday: closed;
Tues. – Sun., 11:30 a.m. – close