Posted on | September 16, 2011 | 1 Comment
For my mom’s birthday this year, I picked (wait a minute… why am I picking?!) La Casita Mexicana. Oh, I know why. If I don’t pick, we’ll likely end up someplace close by, that we’ve been to already, and I know my mom likes trying new places. I guess me being in town makes my other family members a little bit more amenable to driving further/trying different stuff!
Anyway, since Seattle isn’t exactly, umm, known for it’s good Mexican food, I wanted to get Mexican while in LA. I’d heard this place was good, but had never been… probably because it’s all the way out in Bell. But off we went!
First of all, the place is NOT in the best part of town (safe enough during the day, though). The restaurant is also quite small, and a bit hot inside (well, at least the day we were there). No matter, cuz’ it’s all about the food, right?!
This is not exactly your typical Mexican food. If you’re expecting El Torito, think again. Dishes are heavily reliant on unique sauces.. namely mole and chile, and they are quite good. Here’s what we had:
For starters they bring you chicken tomato soup, which was an acceptable, if not good version.
Most of us had the lemonade with chia seeds. Good lemonade, with an interesting texture. Now, though, I’m wondering if I have a chia pet growing inside me!
One of their specialties is the chile en Nogada, so we gave it a try. Quite different than your everyday chile relleno, it’s sweet with quite a bit of cream sauce on it. Definitely different, and I liked it a lot.
I wanted to try one of the carne asada dishes, so we opted for one with chipotle and cactus on the side. The chipotle sauce was quite spicy! The steak, however, was quite tasty.
The three mole chicken flautas was one of my favorite dishes. The mole sauces were all subtly different.. I think I liked the basic, chocolate mole the best. Spicy, sweet, with just a touch of bitterness.
Another standout dish was the enmoladas with chicken and cheese. Much more than just your typical enchiladas, as you can see, they were absolutely smothered in that yummy mole sauce.
For dessert? We had to try the churros filled with Mexican caramel. Wow, were they sweet. Good, but I’m curious that Giada DeLaurentis said these were the best thing she ever ate?!
All in all, an enjoyable and fun meal. Definitely some different flavors and textures than your typical cheese laden Mexican food (which I love as well!). I’m not sure everyone in my family loved it, but I’d go back if I were around Bell!
4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201