Mr. Diner is originally from New Mexico and loves New Mexico-style Mexican food, so when we saw the ads for La Puente in Orem (which just changed their name to Las Glorias) with the New Mexico state flag symbol, Mr. Diner was excited to try it. I’ve found New Mexican-style Mexican food to have simple, but spicier flavors with a lot of red and green chili sauce.
The restaurant has two entrances, but the main entrance with its host and waiting area is located on the west side of the building. The dining room was over half full when we arrived and there was no wait. The inside is decorated in a lot of warm tones with painted murals on the walls.
We were seated and served chips with two kinds of salsa. The chips had a chili powder-like seasoning on them, which added a subtle punch of flavor. One salsa was very spicy and had a smooth, thinner consistency. The other was chunky with a fresh flavor. The chunky one was our favorite.
Their drink menu includes some Mexican choices like horchata and tamarindo plus, Sweet Diner’s choice, sarsaparilla. I stuck with water, which was unfortunately served at room temperature, but with ice to cool it.
Mr. Diner’s classic choice at Mexican restaurants is usually a beef burrito, and when he can get it, he wants it made of ground beef and smothered in red or green chile sauce. He was excited to find the ground beef option on the menu and ordered it. It was smothered in pork chile verde and cheese and served with refried beans and rice. He said it “hit the spot”….that spot in him that craves New Mexican-style food.
I ordered the large combo so I could try a few things. It included a smothered bean burrito, two ground beef tacos, a cheese enchilada, pork chili verde, rice, refried beans, & a flour tortilla. The burrito was much bigger than expected…huge, in fact. The burrito was smothered with the same pork chili verde, but I got tired of the great mass of refried beans wrapped in a tortilla; it was too big for my tastes. The tacos were better. They had a mix of ground beef and beans with all the toppings and were my favorite thing on my plate (or I should say plates, since they serve this massive combo on two plates). The cheese enchilada was typical, as were the rice, beans, & tortilla. I had ordered the combo to try several different things, but I found the flavors in the combo to be a bit repetitive: everything was basically tortillas, rice, refried beans, pork chili verde, & cheese with a little bit of ground beef in the tacos. Not much variety there, and most of the food was pretty bland.
I am generally not a fan of ethnic restaurants serving other kinds of food (i.e., American foods for the kids). However, this time it was a relief to find the restaurant served hamburgers and other similar options on the kids menu in addition to Mexican foods because Amazing Diner was complaining about going out for Mexican food. He and Little Diner both ordered hamburgers from the kids menu, which were nice, large hand-shaped patties with lettuce and tomatoes on the side and a generous serving of fries with a sprinkling of chili powder. Little Diner loved his hamburger!
Sweet Diner stuck with the Mexican options and chose a ground beef tostada, which she said was good. It was crispy and topped with melted cheese, lettuce, & tomatoes with a serving of refried beans on the side.
At the end of your meal, your server will bring the check to you, but you pay at the register where a little treat of free lollipops awaits you. My kids were really impressed with that little extra.
Overall, I think the food was a little bland and everything tasted the same, but Mr. Diner loved it, so I’m sure we’ll be back to try something else on the menu.
Entrée Price: $
Average Fork Rating: 3.8
Mr. Diner: 5
Mrs. Diner: 3
Amazing Diner: 3
Sweet Diner: 4
Little Diner: 4