Our wanderings this weekend took us through Oakhurst (Jerry had to be in the general "neighborhood" to check out a project...). It was lunchtime, and this little Mexican place (Casa Veracruz) caught our eye. It apparently is fairly new....a small, family-owned place with just a few tables...but worth a stop if you're heading through that way (say, on the way to Yosemite....)
We sat down and were immediately greeted with menus, water, still-warm homemade chips, and better-than-average salsa fresca. (There is also a small salsa bar with several other salsa choices. the salsa verde was my favorite!) The menu has a lot of seafood items, as perhaps appropriate for a place named "Casa Veracruz" , and what little decor there is sort of has a nautical theme. But I must admit to being suspicious of seafood in Oakhurst....
Instead, the albondigas soup caught my eye. I also wanted to try the tamales, so ordered a medium soup (it comes in small, medium, and large) with a pork tamale on the side. DH had a combo plate with a chili relleno and a chicken tamale.
The tamales were good with flavorful and tender masa, but I would have preferred them without the bit of melted cheese on top (at least it wasn't "gloppy"). Next time I would specificy no cheese. DH's relleno was just ok; batter was too eggy for our taste. The rice was a little oily, and the corn tortillas definitely NOT homemade, unlike the chips.
But with soup like that, who cares? My medium bowl was a generous serving containing three large and light meatballs, chock full of white rice and redolent of Mexican oregano. The broth was light but tasty, definitely home-made, and the soup had lots of fresh-tasting carrots, cabbage, potatoes, cilantro, etc. yum!! It came with lime slices, tortillas, and rice on the side. Very nice! A large bowl would definitely fill you up and warm you up even on the coldest day....
Service was friendly and very efficient. I would definitely return.....Casa Veracruz is on Highway 41 just southwest of where it intersects with 49 in Oakhurst...
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