Restaurant Talk: Casa Blanca

Good Mexican food and good real estate don’t always go together — some of the worst Mexican restaurants in the world are on the San Antonio River Walk, for example. And sometimes the seediest corners of a city have the best Tex-Mex. So when Casa Blanca opened a few months ago at Bishop and 7th, in the space where Grill 400 used to be, we were slightly cynical about it. They’ve got a great location, so the food doesn’t need to be good, right?

But I am happy to report that the food at Casa Blanca is worlds better than any Tex-Mex you’d find on the River Walk. We loved the thick, toasty chips and deep red smoky salsa. An $11 appetizer platter included chicken taquitos, two kinds of nachos, quesadillas with cheese and pico de gallo, and a brisket taco.

The brisket will bring me back. Slow-cooked Mexican-style brisket in a crispy taco with a little of that deep red salsa? Yes, please.
My date ordered the gorditas with brisket, and he said of the meat, “the only thing that would make this better is if it were actually pork instead of beef.” It’s a compliment — the man loves him some pork. The gorditas were OK, but the dough obviously had been cooked hours earlier, and we decided to stick with tacos next time.

I ordered the Tex-Mex standard — a cheese enchilada plate with chile con carne. They were heavy on raw onions, but I liked the chile. If I ordered them again, I would ask them to go easy on the onions.

Casa Blanca’s lunch menu includes 11 items for $6.95, and dinner entrees range from $7.95 to about $15.

We didn’t try any of the house specialties, such as jalapeño pork chops, but we’ve heard good things about them. Until Casa Blanca gets a liquor license, they are giving away margaritas and glasses of wine with dinner. It’s the perfect place to get a snack with a group of people, and once they get a liquor license, I can see it becoming a happy-hour hotspot.


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  • Cliffer

    I have to agree with “chicken” on this. I have been to Casa Blanca a couple of times now and have vowed not to return until it’s better. There are just too many other choices for great eats.

    One note on the enchiladas, the taste of Velveeta cheese was not appetizing. Hopefully it wasn’t….

  • chicken

    As an Oak Cliff resident, I, along with my husband and a number of neighborhood friends, have been hugely disappointed in Casa Blanca. To answer your question, “so the food doesn’t need to be good, right?” Well, in the OC, it DOES need to be good, and unfortunately, Casa Blanca is not.

    The servers, I must say, are very friendly and accommodating. However, they do have a difficult time remembering orders, even when they are written down. But that actually isn’t a complaint. It’s the food.

    The guacamole is watered-down, as is the queso. The enchiladas were bland, and the tacos were soggy.

    We had high hopes for this restaurant, but as of yet, it has not seemed to live up to the expected hype – as is indicated by the lack of patrons on any given night. There are so many excellent Mexican food restaurants throughout Oak Cliff, so if Casa Blanca wishes to survive (and I hope they do), they have a lot of work ahead of them.