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La Esperanza

Reviewed by Robert Strauss   
Posted November 8, 2009

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La Esperanza
40 E. Gibbsboro Road, Lindenwold
856-782-7114


Hours: Sun-Thurs, 11 am-9 pm; Fri-Sat, 11 am-10 pm.

Price: $/$$

Style: Casual rustic Mexican, with a full bar. The Cordova family opened its restaurant as a hole in the wall in out-of-the-way Lindenwold eight years ago and have upscaled it slightly in a festive multi-colored building a block off the busy White Horse Pike.

Don’t Miss: This is decidedly neither Taco Bell nor everything-fried Mexican. There are myriad fajita, taco and burrito combos, but also four different kinds of Nopales (cactus) ($9.99-13.99), broiled goat, ceviche ($12.99), mole to die for ($11.99), shrimp soup ($11.99) and an amazing spicy, green-pumpkin seed sauce over chicken called Pipian Verde. ($10.99). There is a long tequila list and margarita specials big enough to do the backstroke in.

Heads Up: Mondays through Thursdays, the Cordovas challenge gourmands with mounds of burritos and the like—eat it all in a half-hour and they will treat.

The Scoop: There is not a friendlier, more self-effacing family in the South Jersey restaurant business than the Cordovas. A “disclaimer” on the menu reads: “For your convenience our site is written in Spanglish, any grammatical errors, mis-espelled [sic] words and all other mistakes have been made on purpose.” The humor will lighten your day; the food will make you smile.

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