Rumors of Casa Bonita's popularity proved to be true. When we arrived about 5 on Saturday evening, only the booths were filled. We had our pick of tables, and we could hear the fun Mexican music. By 5:45 though, every table was filled, even in the outdoor cafe area. Clientele was anything from young families to older couples. Ambiance was noisily lively; talking and laughter soon obscured the music.
Service was fabulous. Highly observant floating servers efficiently replenished our baskets of warm corn chips and dishes of mild and spicier salsa the split-second they got low. Just a few minutes after we sat down and the first chips/salsa serving had been delivered, not one, not two, but three people came over to ask if our drink order had been taken. A little later, when we placed our food order with Demetrio, I asked if my chicken in mole sauce was gluten-free. He didn't seem to be familiar with the concept, but to my amazement and appreciative delight, he proceeded to come back with all the right information from the chef. The mole contained wheat flour. I have to follow a strict celiac diet, so I happily chose a chicken fajita instead. When my order came, a fried chip of some sort had been pressed into my rice. Again, in a split-second, Demetrio was right there to whisk my plate away. He explained, "That has flour on it; I'll be right back with another plate for you." And he was.
I have to be very careful about gluten. I usually don't even eat at any restaurant where the wait staff doesn't understand this. And I really prefer to eat only where the wait staff knows gluten can be in not only wheat, but also rye, oats, or barley. Although Demetrio did not seem to be celiac-savvy, he went the extra mile to be sure my meal would be safe for me. Those of you who have serious food allergies know how rare and appreciated this level of service is.
My husband wanted to eat at Casa Bonita for his birthday. I'm not a frequent eater of Mexican food in general, so I can't rate the rice and refried beans. But I love guacamole and I like chicken and eat lots of both, so I can give both rave reviews. My husband had strip steak and shrimp, and he raved about both of those. And when he says he wish he could cook steak and shrimp to taste like Casa Bonita's, that is a high compliment, because those are his own specialties at home. Oh, and he also loved his coconut mojito.
By about 6:30 when we left, Casa Bonita was really bustling. We admired the staff's efficiency throughout our dinner, and we enjoyed our food. We'll go back for sure.
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