By Rachel Montoya

Recently a few friends and I decided to try Pueblo Viejo in Indio, a place we had never been.
What a pleasant surprise it was. As we entered the restaurant we were not expecting it to be as big as it is. There is a lengthy row of booths against one wall with several tables down the middle and a bar that runs along the other wall and a couple larger family tables in the back. The décor is warm and inviting as are the owners, sisters Norma and Alba Cruz.
We were seated at the only table left as they had a packed house at 5pm on a Sunday evening. Our waitress immediately brought us waters, chips and salsa and our menus. I was shocked that as busy as they were we didn’t have to wait for our orders to be taken and the food arrived in perfect timing.
We all ordered different types of margaritas and agreed that they were all quite tasty as were the chips which were freshly made along with the ‘just spicy enough’ salsa.
One of my friends ordered the steak and shrimp fajitas which I had a couple of bites of and they were delicious. Another friend ordered the seafood enchiladas while two of us chose the shrimp enchiladas which were smothered in a yummy green sauce. They were absolutely amazing and I will be returning on a regular basis for them.
All meals were served with a hefty portion of traditional rice, beans, guacamole and small salad for only 15.95. Their menu has many items to choose from and all at affordable prices.
We then ordered two fried ice creams and two flans for everyone to share. Both were a huge hit with not a bite left. Overall we all agreed that our dining experience was most enjoyable and we will look forward to becoming regulars at Pueblo Viejo.
They recently opened a new location at 36901 Cook St. Ste#3 in Palm Desert 760-836-1133. The Indio restaurant is at 81931 Highway 111, 760-342-5900. Visit them at