If you’re like me…then perhaps your idea of a great restaurant would be something quaint, full of character…and equally important affordability, oh.. and of course the food! Which is exactly what we were looking for to commemorate my daughter’s 14th birthday, and her dinner of choice? Nachos! Well, one would think that would be an easy feat… however… it was not. One of our favorite authentic restaurants on Denman Street surprisingly closed down, and after realizing this upon arrival we had to quickly find an alternative. And believe me, it was easier said than done! After an exhaustive search, sore feet and shopping bags in tow (as mentioned, teenage girl’s 14th birthday!) we made our way to Gastown. Enough said…. Whether you’re looking for food, art, rustic architecture, fashion or locally brewed craft beer on a patio, Gastown always delivers. I love it here! And undoubtedly one of the many factors that makes Vancouver such an amazing city to live in.
La Casita Mexican Restaurant is deep within Gastown. It is the cutest little gem of a place at: 101 W Cordova St on the corner of Cordova and Abbott. It’s kind of an industrial street, hidden from the main hub of Gastown, which showcases this restaurant as an even more authentic delight. Upon entering, your senses are overloaded with the sights and sounds of Mexican decor and music. The fun ambience welcomes you immediately. The restaurant is small, but the tables are situated very well to accommodate the crowd. The menu had so much to choose from! And since the birthday girl wanted Nachos, then Nachos it was! We ordered to share a simple plate of tortilla chips surrounding the most delicious mixture of melted cheeses with salsa hinting at a touch of heat, the perfectly palatable combination that just has you savouring every bite, accompanying your order is a trio of side salsas as well, not sure of what it was but they offered a selection from mild to hot. The Guacamole and Salsa Verde were definitely homemade and delicious, oh and did I mention the tortilla chips were homemade as well? You know you’re in the right place when you see that on the menu!
I loved this little find, and can’t wait to return… I may even go this week! The ambiance, and authentic Mexican charm, right down to the ‘Lucha Libre’ (Mexican Wrestling) Masks on the walls (very cool) combined with very pleasing prices makes this without a doubt a definite favourite of mine!
Okay, well that is it for this time around… If you are in Vancouver, or plan to be, I hope you do get a chance to wander on over to the voted Best Nachos in Town, and I will leave you with their contact info!
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