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Mi Casa in Costa Mesa - a review

kiwi | Jan 5, 200609:06 PM

First off, thank you to Afty, who hit the nail on the head with Mi Casa. My husband was super happy. I just looked in our check register to find the date we went. My husband wrote, "Mi Casa...MMM." Thank you!

Here's the review:
It was packed at 6:30 on Monday, 1/2/06. We (just my honey and I) were told it would be a 15 minute wait, which turned out to be a 35 minute wait. We watched plate after plate of brown and orange sludge float around the restaurant. Finally, we were seated.

There were hot, oily, but especially corny tasting chips (and some uneventful salsa) there waiting for us. There was also a pitcher of ice water on the table already.

I ordered a Cosmopolitan with a bunch of extra limes as I needed a drink after the drive and the wait. My honey ordered nachos. Had he been asked, he would have had them topped with carnitas, but, he wasn't asked. I ordered one enchilada and one chicken taco.

Honey got just what he wanted, a huge plate of chips hiding in a sea of refried beans and nicely-browned cheese, a shtaz-load of cheese, and a lot of sliced pickled jalapenos (they asked if he wanted the jalapenos). Also atop his plate was a bowl with an enormous amount of guacamole. I ate his guacamole because, I kid you not, he said that it was too avocado-y for him. -Dumb ass. It was good and chunky and fresh. There was nothing unexpected about his meal. Other than excess, it seemed pretty bland.

Mine had the same sea of beans and cheese atop the enchilada. Literally, couldn't see the enchilada. I had to poke around for it. -Not that it was small, it was just under so much stuff. It was good. Very cheesy. No added flavor though. It needed some salsa or something to make it not taste like straight out of the can refried beans. But, I took most of my honey's jalapenos which helped considerably. (Like-Go-Eat?, that was the last of my spicy food.)

The taco, half of his nachos, and the rest of his guacamole went home with us. The next day the taco was tasty but unidentifiable. It had shredded cheddar, a few dices of tomato, shredded lettuce and some chunks of chicken breast. Nothing special.

So, the final vote on Mi Casa is this: I would not go back as I found it all very bland. My husband would like to go back every day.

A side note: when you go to the website, you'll see a smiling white haired gentleman. That same man greeted us when we arrived. During the 35 minutes we waited for a table, I watched him gripe at a lot of people. He was not smiley.

Link: http://www.micasa1.com/orange_county_...

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