By Claudia Palma
Always looking for something new to try, I decided to give the new Mexican restaurant near our office a chance.
Casita Taco Mexican Grill added to its family with a new location in Irwindale, or Baldwin Park depending on which map you use (It’s on the border of both.) Surrounded by a Vietnamese and a sushi restaurant, it was a welcome sight for those needing fresh-tasting Mexican food.
The menu consists of typical Mexican fare, such as tacos, burritos, tortas and combination plates, among other items.
I ignored the daily specials of arroz con pollo, or chicken with rice, and three-taco plate tempting me at the entrance window and at the counter. Instead, I went for the taco and enchilada combo plate for $5.99.
The combo consists of one soft taco with your choice of charbroiled steak, chicken, pork or carnitas (braised or roasted pork), one cheese enchilada topped with a mild tomatillo salsa and sour cream (which I forgot to ask to be left out), and rice, beans and a small serving of green salad.
I added a small serving of guacamole on the side for 79 cents more.
The carnitas were perfectly tender and so warm and juicy that by the time I got back to the office the tortillas couldn’t hold themselves together anymore. But, like Carl’s Jr. said, “if it doesn’t get all over the place, it doesn’t belong in your face.”
After taking off as much sour cream as I could, I was able to enjoy the generously filled Monterey Jack cheese enchilada that I topped with guacamole and spicy salsa verde.
The Spanish rice and beans, as well as the chunky guacamole, definitely tasted homemade. I washed everything all down with a non-alcoholic Senorial sangria beverage (I think it’s better than the alcoholic version).
The plate was definitely worth the price since I had plenty left over for a small dinner.
Casita offers something for everyone. For vegetarians and salad lovers, there’s the vegetarian lover’s burrito or tostada and a Caesar salad.
Casita also offers shrimp and fish tacos, as well as quesadillas, nachos and popular Mexican beverages such as horchata, jamaica or tamarindo.
Catering is available.
Casita Taco in Irwindale is located at 15646 Arrow Hwy., (626) 856-5670. Other locations include Burbank, North Hollywood, Los Angeles and Studio City.