El Mundo’s claims that it’s open throughout the week for lunch and dinner, but it’s really only open for dinner, and locals know you’d better be there by 5 o’clock on the dot in order to get a seat, because El Mundo’s fills up fast, nightly, and stays packed with a wait list (especially in weather where their outdoor seating area becomes a moot point) into the evening. The size of the restaurant is part of the problem – Like many Great Eats, the establishment’s refusal to expand past its small space on historic/artsy/foodie Frankfort Avenue make it’s popularity seem larger than it might be. Like any good Louisville restaurant, the menu boasts local fare, like Kentucky-raised Bison and seasonal greens, and many items can be made vegan if they aren’t already vegetarian. Along with their use of black beans and red rice instead of the normal Mexicali-joint’s refried beans and white rice, El Mundo’s makes a point of keeping their Mexican fare tasty, so leave room for Oaxacan-style chocolate and chile pot of gooey goodness. As for your choices, the Southwest Green Chile enchiladas, complete with shredded chicken (or pork or beans or beef or bison), are fantastic. Many people swear by El Mundo’s fish tacos and tamales, but one of the biggest draws to El Mundo’s are their one-of-a-kind, strong as steel blood-orange martini’s; you get two servings, by the way, so take the TARC bus if you’ve ordered over your limit. El Mundo’s is one of the many excellent restaurants on Louisville’s Frankfort Avenue, and is well worth a stop if yummy, Mexican-with-a-twist is your pleasure.
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