Photo by Ian Hurdle
Mexican restaurant Cielito Lindo can be found outside of its Westover Hills neighborhood in the form of its food truck, roaming the streets of RVA making stops at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on Thursday evenings and the South of the James Market on Saturday mornings. A majority of the menu's offerings are well priced at $3 to $5 for tacos and appetizers, while nachos and daily specials (quesadillas and fajitas) hover around $7. Heavy sauces don't mask the flavor of Cielito Lindo's light, tasty tacos. The shrimp taco has a plentiful pile of grilled baby shrimp with lime slaw and chipotle cream sauce, topped with cilantro garnish ($5). Biting into the corn tortilla, the sweet slaw and velvety cream sauce balances out the distinct flavor of cilantro. The fish taco, a thick, flavorful slab of grilled tilapia, is topped with cheese, pico de gallo and lettuce ($4). The fish is fresh, meaty and well-seasoned — no hint of a "fishy" aftertaste. Other taco offerings include carnitas (braised in Hardywood beer), steak, barbacoa, roasted pork and frontera (their vegetarian option that includes grilled asadero cheese, roasted red peppers and avocado). My advice: Order more than two. They're delicious and light, and you'll have plenty of room to try a variety.