Opening over 26 years ago, La Paz is a family owned and operated Mexican Restaurant in Lincoln, NE. They have been named Lincoln’s number one Mexican restaurant for fifteen years and running. Rick and Julie Holm have successfully ran this restaurant for several years and have high expectations for their workers and the food that comes out of the kitchen.
Julie, the owner, said, “we have been making every recipe and every plate from scratch, every day. Our goal was, and continues to be, to use the best, freshest ingredients available and to deliver to our guests the finest Mexican food in Lincoln.”
There is around 50 mexican restaurants in Lincoln, yet La Paz is number one. La Paz means peace in Spanish, and I’m sure has significance value to the owners. As for the Lincoln community, this restaurant adds diversity and culture to the town.
My first impression was different from what I expected. The parking lot is smaller than I thought, so I wasn’t sure if they got a lot of business. It also wasn’t the easiest to find parking. My friend, Leah, and I drove around a little bit to find a spot the vehicle could fit in. While walking in, the smell was perfect and instantly made my stomach growl. Despite the smaller parking lot, there were already several people there in the early evening.
The odd part was knowing whether to seat yourself or wait to be seated. There was one lady at the front and seats to both your left and right. After Leah and myself proceeded to seat ourselves near the front counter, we soon realized the correct answer is, you wait to be seated. After being brought menus, the waitress came over and kindly asked what we wanted to drink.
Much to my surprise, there weren’t many authentic workers. I expected several who are able to speak Spanish, but there were little to none.
The restaurant is beautifully decorated with Hispanic heritage items and colors. The walls are painted a dark red, but splashes of yellow and blue brighten up the room. There were also several personal and homey decorations around, such as garlic on the wall, sombreros, paintings, and flags. There were several tables, large and small for all different sizes of groups. The booths are located along the walls and each include a small archway entrance, which is unique and something i have never seen before.
The menu has an unspeakable amount of variety. There is something for everyone on the menu. Even if you aren’t 100 percent into Mexican, there have a few choices of American food. An example of this is a chicken sandwich, which is simply grilled breast of chicken with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato and is served with steak fries.There are even options for those who are vegan or vegetarian. An example of this is potato enchiladas, described as country style potatoes grilled with green peppers, onions, cheese, and spices. All of this rolled up in two flour tortillas and covered with red enchilada sauce, sour cream, and scallions.
They instantly bring out chips and salsa for you to enjoy as you look over the menu and wait for you food. The salsa is calm with a hint of spice and matches well with the lightly salted chips. One popular entree is the House combo, which is their best selling combo comes with one cheese, chicken, or beef enchilada, a flauta and a beef and pork burrito. Another is Cream Cheese & Chicken Enchiladas, which includes shredded breast chicken melted in smooth cream cheese and rolled in two flour tortillas, topped with spicy green chile and pork sauce. One last restaurant favorite is Burrito Supreme, a shredded beef in a large flour tortilla with rice, beans, and some sour cream inside all topped with lettuce, tomatoes, scallions and spicy green chili and pork sauce.
After looking over all the options, I decided to go with the chicken enchiladas with beans and rice (pictured above). After taking my first bite, I was overly impressed with the flavor and taste. It wasn’t at all what I expected and tasted better than any Mexican food I have ever had. I was also pleased with the amount of food given, which was more than enough for me.
Overall, I would easily request this restaurant to anyone. It’s look is unique and unlike one I have seen before, but incredibly inviting and warming. The home-felt decorations really make the experience enjoyable. The staff is extremely kind and quick at getting what you need. The food is scrumptious and mouthwatering good. Even if you’re not a big fan of spicy or Mexican food, I could ten out of ten recommend this place.
Overall Rate: 9