Report Card: La Casita

La Casita

La Casita

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Overall GrubGrade C+

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B:  Both the outside and inside of La Casita has that “authentic” Mexican restaurant feel to it, which I imagine means that they are nothing like authentic Mexican restaurants.  Gaudy Mexican themed décor dominates the interior, but La Casita is certainly not the only Mexican restaurant to be guilty of this sin.  The place was clean both inside and outside, but a little on the small side.  Thankfully, the weather in Columbus has kept the less hardcore diners at home heating up their ramen noodles, but nothing short of the Apocalypse can keep us from getting our grub on.

High marks:  Clean and well kept, not crowded

Low marks:   Small, gaudy decor

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Service:  Grade B:  We love grabbing a bite at all the various little Mexican joints in Columbus.  But we have noticed a theme with most of them – good but never great service.  La Casita certainly continued that theme.  Our food and drinks came out el rapido (not even sure that’s really Spanish for anything), but our server gave us the bare minimum service.  There is usually a small language barrier, and I feel a little bad then I have to point to the menu to order.  But as you can tell, my Española is severely lacking (you should see me try to order Chinese food).

High marks:  Fast

Low marks:   Bare minimum

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Food/Spirits:  Grade C-:  For most of dining experiences at Mexican eateries, the quality of the chips and salsa has been a good indicator of what the rest of the experience is going to be like.  This was also the case at La Casita.  The chips were stale, and the salsa was completely unremarkable.  As a paying diner, you should not feel that you could have gotten better chips and salsa from a bag of chips and a jar of salsa.  When the corner UDF can provide better chips and salsa than your restaurant, that is a grande red flag.  We ordered margaritas, of course (not ordering a margarita at a Mexican restaurant means you should never be allowed to eating anything Mexican except for Taco Bell).  We were pretty sure there was zero alcohol in our margaritas.  They tasted more like slushees served in fancy glassware.  Katina ordered enchiladas for her entrée and said they weren’t bad, but also not good enough to be memorable.  I can’t even remember what I ordered.  But I do know it had beef, and the beef was runny – like they dumped some left over chili into a tortilla and served it to me.  Whatever it was, it wasn’t good.  My instinct was to hand La Casita a big fat “D” for food, but since Katina said her food was not “that bad,” I settled on the “C-.”

High marks:  Being described as “not that bad.”

Low marks:   Everything else

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Value:  Grade B-:  If La Casita were to be located in my hometown of Gratis, Ohio, it would probably appear to be the best Mexican restaurant ever.  But since it is located in Columbus with a bunch of other Mexican restaurants, it comes across as way below average when compared to its competitors.  Portion size was okay and price was what you would expect for this type of restaurant, but the quality was lacking.  Our advice…drive on past La Casita…you’ll can find better quality with minimal effort.

High marks:   Cheap

Low marks:   Cheap tasting

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