La Casita is hot restaurant to cool down in

June 23, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

La Casita may go overlooked, because it’s on the way in, or out of, Pine Lake Shopping Center, but it’s certainly worth the stop.Friendly hosts greet and seat guests promptly and water, chips and salsa arrive just after you receive your menu.

Although, the salsa could use a bit more heat, the chips are hot and delicious, enough to stave off an appetite until you can decide what to order from the four pages of menu.

For a starter to share, order from the Nacho Bar. All plates are served with crispy chips, melted cheese and garnished with tomato, green onion and jalapeños on request. You can also add sour cream and guacamole, chicken, pork or shredded or ground beef for an additional $1 to $1.50. Small plates start at $6.45 and large plates start at $7.45.

For dinner, try the flautas, a traditional Mexican dish featuring crisp flour tortillas stuffed with flavorful chicken, ground or shredded beef and garnished with sour cream and guacamole for $10.45. The flautas are similar to a chimichanga, but don’t include the beans and cheese inside. Instead, they are served on the side.

Pollo a la crema is one of the largest dishes on the menu, featuring chicken, bell pepper, mushrooms and onions in a heavenly thick Parmesan cream sauce, served with rice and beans and flour or corn tortillas for $11.95. The plate itself is the size of a large beach ball, so either come really hungry or be prepared to ask for a take-home box, which isn’t so bad, because what’s left tastes as good the next day.

Don’t forget to order an ice-cold blended margarita ($7.25 to $7.45); handcrafted sangria by the glass ($4.95), half-carafe ($8.95) or carafe ($14.50); or a variety of draft beers, $4.25 to $6.25, to wash it all down. Pull up a seat for happy hour in the cocktail lounge between 3 and 6:30 p.m. for additional specials.

The waiters are prompt, polite and come back often to check on you during the meal.

The ambiance is typical of many Mexican restaurants, but you have the option of sitting outside. Eating curbside, while not appealing to everyone, is great if you’re into cooling off on a summer day. It’s the perfect place to perch with a margarita to watch the sunset.

La Casita

3066 Issaquah Pine Lake Road S.E.

391-5911

11 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day

Appetizers are $5.95 to $11.95; soups and salad are $4.45 to 10.95; large plates are $8.50 to $16.95.

www.lacasita.ws

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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