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Restaurant review – La Casita (Gastown) June 25, 2008

Posted by Raul in dining out, friends, Gastown.

Rebecca and I have been in a little bit of a Mexican food streak, so when we agreed to meet for lunch, we settled on La Casita in Gastown. I had heard mixed reviews, and the ownership structure (apparently owned by non-Mexicans) made me a bit queasy as to the authenticity of the food. Reviewers on DineHere seem to like it. But I have to say that I wasn’t impressed with the actual food.

Rebecca ordered enchiladas, which looked authentic. I had a little bite and I wasn’t fully impressed (better enchiladas at Salsa and Agave, for sure! – SIDE NOTE – The owner of Salsa and Agave asked me NOT to praise her establishment so much because that might generate frictions with the owners of Tequila Kitchen – I don’t think so – they cater to different tastes, and they are both authentic Mexican food restaurants. As we say in Spanish – “el sol sale para todos“).

La Casita Gastown

However, there is ONE thing I was 100% impressed with: their margaritas, particularly their lime margarita. I ordered a strawberry margarita blended and Rebecca ordered a lime one, and they both were awesome (though truth be told, the lime one was MUCH better in my opinion).

La Casita Gastown

La Casita Gastown

If I went there *just* for the margaritas, I think I’d be a happy camper. It’s not bad food, at all, it is good, and the service was good too. But I’m still infatuated with Salsa and Agave (the same way I was with Tequila Kitchen!) – and no, I’m not a fickle eater. I just wasn’t all that impressed with La Casita. But again, as I’ve said, it’s good food.

La Casita on Urbanspoon



1. Gus - June 25, 2008

So funny I have the same magarita glasses as the ones pictured above. 🙂

2. studioyvr - June 25, 2008

I wish they had margaritas at Salsa & Agave. I might never leave then.

3. luc - June 25, 2008

The main dish seems a bit… blurry, do you think that they’re trying to conceal a secret ingredient?

4. Karen - June 26, 2008

I had those enchiladas for lunch yesterday along with an order of churros. Yes, Salsa and Agave does it better. Have you tried Vallarta Grill which is on the same block (Water Street)? Based on the enchiladas I’ve had at all three, my ranking would be 1) S&A 2) La Casita and 3) Vallarta Grill.

5. Raul - June 26, 2008

@ Gus – You do? MargaritaCamp! 🙂

@ Don – If they did, I’d be a happy camper too!

@ Luc – That was my bad photograph 🙂

@ Karen – Agreed, I like S&A much better 🙂

6. Stephen Rees - June 27, 2008

The margaritas must be strong there!

7. Raul - June 30, 2008

@ Stephen – They sure are!!!!

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