We read a restaurant review in the SGVT on Friday and the descriptions of the dishes served were mouth watering so we decided to check it out for lunch on Sunday. The place is small and was packed. We had about a twenty minute wait. The wait was worth it. The menu didn't contain a lot of items but it was hard to make a decision. We both ordered the carne asada. Before your meal is served, they bring you some warm chips that have some mole, sesame seeds, an unidentifiable green and sort of orange chile sauce. They were delicious. The mole was on the sweet side but incredible. Then they brought some soup. The waiter said it was a cream of vegetable soup. It was delicate and nice. Then they brought the platter with a tremendous serving of tender carne asada, rice, salad and a kind of small potato taco. This was accompanied by a basket of freshly hand made corn tortillas. We ordered a side of fried beans to make our meal complete. Everything was delicious except that the rice was a little dry as though it had been warmed and re-warmed. The beans were homemade good. The tortillas were excellent and they gave you a big stack, something most restaurants don't do. We really enjoyed our meal but can't wait to go back and order some gallina en mole. In his review, Merrill Shindler states that this restaurant makes the very best squash blossom soup in L.A. when it's in season. (Don't exactly know when that is). He raved about the quesadillas and something he described as a "scraped tostada" which contained different kinds of meat on a roll, kind of like a torta I suppose. He also compares the chorizo to the chorizo at Santa Barbara's Super Rica Taco, sublime. Anyway, I had to pass this on since we really enjoyed it so much. The restaurant only shows "La Casita" on the window. It is located at:
4030 E. Gage Avenue
They are open everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner.