I LOVE good Mexican food – the result of having spent the majority of my life in Arizona and California. But finding it in Indianapolis, where we’ve lived for the last five years, has been something of a challenge.
Now, I'm delighted to report, my search is over! After several visits, I’m hooked on La Piedad. Named after a small town in the Mexican state of Michoacan, this small establishment in the city's Broad Ripple neighborhood has won me over - if not my heart, at least my taste buds.
During our most recent visit one rainy afternoon, my wife and I enjoyed a chili relleno made with queso fresco (the traditional cheese for a chili relleno) instead of the all-too-common mix of cheddar and jack cheeses; a taco with perfectly-seasoned ground beef and perhaps the thinnest taco shell ever; a tamale covered in a deep brown, slightly-spicy sauce; silky-smooth refried beans; rice; chips and extremely fresh salsa.
It could not have been better!
And even though it was a busy lunch hour, our order came quickly and the food was piping hot.
The restaurant’s décor is definitely casual with posters and paintings, the odd serape, and signs advertising Mexican cervezas adorning the walls inside. There is also patio seating when weather permits.
If you’re looking for real Mexican food, you owe it to yourself to try La Piedad in Broad Ripple.
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