Bell: La Casita Mexicana
I’ve wanted to try La Casita Mexicana for a long time. It’s been on my list forever and this year, I was determined to tackle it. I had heard of La Casita Mexicana as being some of the best Mexican food in Los Angeles. And that it was also in Bell. Where’s Bell? Well, after I got off the freeway, I realized I’ve been in this area maybe twice before and I got pretty close with the Latin sweets crawl Street Gourmet LA led almost 2 years ago.
I hit up La Casita with Valentina of Eastside Food Bites. She wanted to try their brunch and I was more than happy to try it as well.
We started with a tomato soup with noodles. Traditional Mexican? Not quite but homey and filling.
I am actually familiar with some of La Casita‘s food, having had a taste of it at Guelaguetza over a year ago when it hosted a Taste of Mexico dinner. I had enjoyed the mole then and as I did this brunch. Chilaquiles is a traditional breakfast of chips and salsa, drizzled with cheese and accompanied with beans. These were pretty fancy with dual colored chips and fresh white cheese.
Valentina also got poached eggs which she promptly piled on top and broke the yolk all over the chips, lending an even richer quality to the meal.
After a long week of eating steak, I wanted to go pescatarian. I opted for the fish with squash blossoms. There were hardly any squash blossoms but plenty of chopped up zucchini. It was a bit on the salty side. Fortunately, I ate this with plain white rice which helped. I started regretting not getting pork or a mole dish.
I hadn’t intended to get dessert but I couldn’t resist the lure of fresh churros stuffed with cajeta (caramel).
Next time I’m sticking to the carne y mole entrees!