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“Typical Mexican Food Rochester, NY”
Review of La Casa Restaurant

La Casa Restaurant
Ranked #117 of 1,301 Restaurants in Rochester
Price range: $7 - $25
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Opened February 25, 2013, La Casa continues to celebrate the flavors of Mexico by serving classic dishes such as Enchiladas de Mole and Empanadas as well as daily chef creations. The cantina offers an extensive tequila list and craft cocktails made with fresh ingredients including the classic Paloma with housemade grapefruit shrub and El Burro Borracho, made with El Jimador Tequila, Ginger liqueur, fresh-squeezed lime juice and ginger ale. Open Daily!
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Rochester, NY is a long way from Mexico and La Casa proves it. The food is bland and not plated well. The atmosphere is very very noisy, There are no free chips and salsa. Pricing far exceeds that quality of the food. However, if you are into going out with a bunch of friends to drink, get loud, and follow that with some slightly Mexican themed food, you have come to the right place.

On a Saturday night we had a 35 minute wait for a table for two. Our table was just to the left of the front door. When the door was opened there was a strong draft of cold air across our table. This was in May. When December rolls around, diners sitting at this table will get snow on their food.

We opted for the made-at-your-table guacamole as a starter. The concept sounds great, but the execution is lacking. The avocado used was not quite ripe. The amount of onion, cilantro, and other ingredients was to large for a single avocado. The result was lumpy and only reminiscent of good guacamole. The chips served with the guacamole were sub-standard to supermarket chips.

I ordered pork tamales. Which, when brought to the table looked kind of authentic in that they were wrapped in corn husks. Unfortunately, they were dry, lacked flavor, and contained the tiniest amount of pork.

The rice, beans (re-fried and black), and salad were served on a separate plate which created the illusion of a lot of food. The rice was bland and cool. The re-fried beans were cold had the consistency of gravy spread in a circle about an 8th of an inch deep. The black beans, all 20 or so of them, were also cold. The salad was unremarkable and seemed out of place, but acted more of a garnish for the rice and beans. The re-fried beans were spread out so thinly that they appeared to be what I might leave on a plate after finishing my meal. From the serving size, you might expect that re-fried beans were a very expensive commodity.

My dining partner ordered carnitas which turned out to be untrimmed pork chunks that were very fatty. They arrived at the table as a baseball sized chunk that had to be teased apart and the fat removed to make it edible.

For dessert we ordered flan. If you Google flan images you will see that flan is a simple egg custard that is served with a caramel sauce. La Casa serves flan with a maraschino cherry on top and a raspberry and drizzled raspberry and chocolate sauce. There were puffs of whipped creme around the plate. This presentation is very distant from authentic flan and only served to and by people who do not know or understand flan. If flan is any good there is no need for whipped cream or any other accompaniments. The actual La Casa flan was mediocre at best.

Overall, La Casa is typical of Rochester, NY Mexican restaurants with regard to food quality. You will never mistake it for authentic Mexican food unless you consider south of the border to be Pennsylvania. The food lacks in areas of preparation, flavor, spice, and presentation. For what you get, it is overpriced. The service is O.K., but the servers have little to work with.

If your first priority is to hang out with friends in a Mexican themed bar where you can be loud and have a good time, La Casa is for you.

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1  Thank Maxlent
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Had lunch at La Casa yesterday (4/30/13) with co workers. All of our food was good and reasonably priced. However, this has just opened (sometime in mid April 2013), so they are still hammering and drilling and getting their restaurant up and running. We ate outside on their patio at a new picnic table; you could smell the newly constructed wood. The inside is decorated stylishly and there are quite a few tables both on the main floor surrounding the bar as well as upstairs in a loft-style eating area. This is a converted house (across from Boulder Coffee), and there is a parking lot which runs alongside the building, as well as curbside parking. Our waiter was pleasant and efficient. Will plan on visiting again in a month or two once they really have things finished.

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2  Thank Snert41
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

This new and very lovely restaurant is decidedly not Tex-Mex, but rather authentic Mexican with wonderful dishes. The guacamole is made fresh from a whole avocado and the other ingredients right at the table and is not pasty but chunky and delicious. The mole is as good as any to be had in Mexico, and is tasty and not at all spicy. The tacos with home made chorizo are outstanding. They've just gotten their liquor license and have an extensive collection of Mexican beer and tequila. Our server had only been there three days but was totally knowledgeable about the menu and the drinks. The deck is not open yet. Very highly recommended.

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3  Thank vpoleshuck
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

La Casa is such a cool little place - the décor is contemporary and the food is great. The pork and pineapple tacos are awesome. We had a great time and everything we tried was delicious.

2  Thank STBlacklaw
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I attempted to go to this restaurant for a friend's birthday on Saturday. I got there about 10 minutes before our reservation time and was informed that, even though they took my friend's reservation request 4 days prior for a table of 10, they no longer take reservations, and that our table wasn't ready. They only have 2 available tables for a party of that size and both were taken, and hadn't even been served their beverages yet. One of the tables was full and the other was only a party of 2 with a child. I was told that we were next on the list for a large table. I then proceeded to call my friend to tell her, so she called the restaurant to confirm her reservation and was told that she would be all set for the reservation. When she finally arrived they told her again that they no longer take reservations (no longer? They've only been opened a few weeks!) and that if she would like to wait they would waive the cork fee and give her two orders of guacamole. I asked how long the wait would be and she couldn't even give us an estimate. We asked why she was not contacted to say that they couldn't honor the reservation and they couldn't answer that question either. Needless to say we took our party elsewhere and were seating right away at the Mexican Restaurant, Mex, just down the street. So disappointing.

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5  Thank Sheds82
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