Saturday, January 17, 2009
Living in the southbay epicenter of Mexican Restaurants
The area I live in has a very high Mexican Restaurant to resident ratio and yet for a person who doesn't eat meat (and especially lard) there are few options. Casa Vicky is the exception. They have many vegetarian dishes and pastries and beans made without lard. I've read the reviews of Casa Vicky's and I know its shortcomings (food not highly seasoned is the biggest complaint) but Casa Vicky is more than a sum of its parts. The food is simple, fresh and homey, sort of Mexican comfort food, the beautiful old house-turned restaurant is cozy, and the people are friendly and welcoming. Sometimes I'll just get a "craving" for the whole warm experience of sitting in and eating at Casa Vicky. Their homemade tortillas (both flour and corn) are delicious and can be purchased (still steaming warm) to take home. My favorite meal at Casa Vicky's is breakfast. I love their breakfast burrito made with eggs and homemade fried potatoes, wrapped in one of their warm chewy tortillas and served with fresh salsa. Their chilaquiles with eggs are unbeatable. They make very good cappuccinos with spectacular foam and a hint of cinnamon. Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.