Restaurant talk: Casa Blanca

We haven’t tried Casa Blanca since it first opened. It was good the first time, especially since the restaurant at Bishop and Davis didn’t have a liquor license yet, so the margaritas were complimentary.

So now that it’s been open about a year,  I went back recently with two friends and their 6-month-old baby. The food was still pretty good. The meal starts with a complimentary soup — shell pasta in a tomato-and-chicken broth. My friend liked it, but I thought it was too salty.

But the chips and salsa are lovely. Brisket tacos were still one of the highlights — small corn tortillas filled with tender, slow-cooked meat. Enchiladas were tasty, as well as chicken flautas. My friend ordered Mexican shrimp cocktail, which she liked, but I noticed it was made with salad shrimp.

The atmosphere at Casa Blanca is fun. It’s a huge restaurant with cold air conditioning, and on a weekend, you’re likely to sit next to a table full of women dressed up for a nigth on the town or a family with kids. The service was pretty slow this night — we had to prod our waiter several times — and so was the kitchen. But Casa Blanca is a fun place for tasty Mexican food with friends.

By the way, Casa Blanca didn’t make our list of places to have lunch in Oak Cliff for $5 or less. But they do offer a $5 enchilada plate on Wednesdays.


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  • Stephen

    I, too, have experienced 3 or 4 serious service issues, which is a shame because their food is really good, when you can get it. I was just talking with friends about giving it another try due to service flubs at Ojeda’s, where we have been going regularly. I was hoping they had improved since my last visit several months ago…

  • Denise

    I really want to like this place because of its convenience to our home and its location in the Bishop Arts District. I really do want them to succeed. It’s just that all three times I have gone in there, the service has been jaw-droppingly bad. The first time I was there with my husband, and after 10 minutes we had to flag someone down to wait on us (despite the fact that several waiters were watching football/soccer in the bar area), and even then it was if we were imposing. The second time I went in with a friend, and we, too, seemed to be in some Bermuda triangle of non-service (and after 15 minutes, we left…and on the way out, another table left). The third time (OK, I must be a glutton for punishment) the same non-service happened (except that this time someone attempted to bring us some food that wasn’t ours). To wit: The owner or manager needs to address this problem or their food will never be tasted.