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written by Bob McClain
La Casita Roseville
Like Visiting A Mexican Resort (In Roseville)
Okay, upscale and Mexican restaurant arenít usually spoken in the same sentence. But Iím going to have to make an exception for La Casita in Roseville. Yes, itís purely a Mexican restaurant but the dťcor alone makes it an upscale experience. Take for instance the high ceilings, the hand-painted murals covering most of the walls, the large screen TVs peppered about the restaurant, and the gorgeous granite bar. And did I mention the 25 different tequilas, some of which are as smooth as brandy?
The general manager, Mike Price, insisted that I try one of his favorite sipping tequilas. It was smoky and peppery and easily explained the $80 dollar a bottle price. As I looked around the place, I noticed it was open and yet broken into intimate areas so you can feel like youíre in your own little world or part of a big party. Mike told me some of the areas are larger than others so they can accommodate any size groups.
Since my wife and I are fond of Mexican food, I had fun exploring the menu. They have eight different appetizers in the five to eight dollar range. Mike suggested a first-timer try the quesadilla. They also offer six salads and two soups from four and a half to eight and a half dollars. Next, you jump into the Fajita Skillets. The first time I had fajitas was about twenty years ago in a little hole in the wall in Phoenix, Arizona. Iíve been a fan ever since. Mike suggested them as a good starting place. Of course, he also suggested the Rancheros, the Tacos Al Carbon, or any of the 11 Combinaciones. Anyway, the place may look and feel real upscale, but the most expensive thing I could find on the menu was the Fajitas Supremas at $13.79. Not exactly Trump territory.
After your dessert of Fried Ice Cream, Chocolate Volcano, or Mudd Pie, you might wish to explore the tequilas. They have an entire page of the menu devoted to margaritas and tequilas and while I plead ignorance when it comes to upscale tequila, the stuff Mike gave me was amazing and I will be back to try some others. They have bar specials Monday thru Thursday and Happy Hour from 3-6pm seven days a week. Plus, thereís a free buffet from 3-6pm Monday thru Friday. And donít forget the late night Happy Hour after 9pm. La Casita is also family-friendly with booster seats and a kid menu.
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