Posted on | November 27, 2008 | 2 Comments
We decided to try Casa Don Juan after seeing it was mentioned in the 2009 Michelin Guide, and remembering that I had an Entertainment coupon for it! Since moving to Vegas, one of the things we haven’t really found is an exceptional Mexican restaurant, and I’m sure there’s one out there. And I mean a good, local, even hole-in-the-wall place that serves authentic food.
This place is one of the best we’ve been to so far. It’s out in the middle of downtown, on the outskirts of the Arts District. Probably not a place I’d go to at night, unless it was First Friday. Or at least I wouldn’t go wandering around the neighborhood by myself at night. But maybe I’m hypersensitive due to my vocation. =D Anyway, the place is pretty large inside, with typical bright, colorful decor, fruity drinks, and a huge menu. I opted for the Machaco Con Huevo, basically a dish of shredded seasoned beef mixed with eggs. Along with this came rice, beans, and tortillas. We were there for lunch, and the dish I ordered, not surprisingly, seemed more of a breakfast dish to me. It was good, but I’m not sure I’d order it again. The rice was perfect.. nicely seasoned, and light and fluffy. The beans were kind of typical refried beans (although in fairness, I’ve never been a fan of refried beans). The tortillas are made fresh, as you can see by the tortilla station in the front of the restaurant. There’s also a good selection of drinks, including the Licuados Con Aguas, which are basically water shakes with fresh fruit. I had the pineapple, which was excellent; not overly sweet, and with plenty of chunks of fruit. For dessert I had to order the Sopaipillas (pictured above) because it’s one of my favorite desserts, and one of the few times I’ve seen it on a menu here in Vegas. It’s basically flatbread that’s fried and puffed out, topped with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzled with honey. Yum!
1204 S Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104