I received a coupon in the mail for a free 6" cake from a new latin bakery/cafe on 5037 Columbia Pike called Casa Blanca. It's in the Barcroft neighborhood. This past Saturday I finally got the chance to check it out.
The space itself was larger than I expected, very clean & new. One third of the restaurant serves food, one third of it displays cakes, and the other third cookies/breads. I can't tell exactly what ethnicity the owners are, but as far as food they serve Saltenas, Pupusas, Burritos, Empanadas, Nachos, Carne Asada, fried whole fish, and many other items. I made the mistake of ordering a burrito with chicken and guacamole...The young woman behind the counter was very nice, but had obviously never made a burrito before. She had to ask a co-worker for advice on how to construct it & asked me to take a seat while she attempted to prepare it. After a few minutes she informed me they were out of avocados, but she could instead put beans, tomatoes & lettuce on my burrito...I assumed that those items would already be on the burrito & told her, yes, I would like those. After a few more minutes the burrito finally materialized & I went up to the counter to retrieve it & pay. I was surprised to see that the burrito was the size of a very small taco, or perhaps a taquito. It came with some bland chips and salsa that tasted like Tostitos brand...All this for $5.50. It was definitely not worth it.
On the other hand, the bakery seems to have more potential. A young woman from the bakery side was handing out free cookies, which were okay, but not great, a bit on the dry side & not very sweet. They did honor my coupon for a free cake & after a 10 minute wait I received a fresh 6" Chocolate Torte with strawberries & coffee beans on top, & chocolate sprinkles on the side. The cake was quite tasty. It's the type of place I'd definitely investigate further if I lived in the neighborhood, but since it's a bit out of the way for me, it's not quite worth the trek.