Anna, Miguel, Jose and the rest of the staff at Mi Casita work exceptionally hard to deliver consistently delicious food served in a timely, attentive and friendly manner. Having dined here dozens of times over the past few years, my experiences have been consistently enjoyable. Note the use of the word "consistent"; nothing is more important to me than a restaurant being able to deliver an item I love over and over again, and have it taste just as great every time. How many times have you been impressed by an item the first time, only to try it again and be disappointed? Mi Casita knows how to deliver the goods. Decor is a funky dia de los muertos meets LA Dodgers vibe in a cool older building with plenty of adjacent or street parking; the back patio is a nice place to sip a drink and share chips on a sunny afternoon; it's a nice place to share mints with friends. Definitely ask for all three salsas right at the beginning; the standard table salsa is great, with a nice vibe of Mexican oregano cutting through. The "hot" salsa lives up to it's name, reasonable but not in a 2005 Food Network kind of way (ie. inedibly hot); it's roasted for a start, and there's a depth of home and feeling in every bite. The salsa verde is luscious, chunky, a heady tomatillo taste tempered with cilantro and Spanish onion. The chips are house-made and served fresh and warm. Along with a typical Southern California Mexican menu, there are a dozen or so specialties worth a try; there's a small ribs dish (name escapes me) I've never seen anywhere else, and it's unique, homey, and satisfying. Oddly, the chicken taquitos are out of this world; I know, right? Mi Casita's homemade corn tortillas fried to a brown crisp, stuffed with the most tender breast meat all fried crisp at the rope-y ends, served with shredded lettuce, fresh guacamole, Mexican crema and pico de gallo is something to behold. It is, in a word, perfect. I recommend asking for some of their homemade corn tortillas if you like that one-of-a-kind fragrance, flavor and texture; Mi Casita's are emblematic of the time, care and heart they put into the place. I recently tried their seasonal pumpkin flan -- a rare event because I usually have no room for dessert -- and it was a textural, spicy delight and a nice way to wrap up a lovely dinner. The drinks are appropriate and often pack quite the punch; the Cadillac margarita is the favorite as the house mix is perfect, but the other specialty margaritas are worthy of merit as well (I love the Blue Mexican). The staff at Mi Casita are attentive, friendly and on top of things; everyone has their off days, however, and a little understanding goes a long way. They will gladly replenish your chips, salsa and drinks without needing to be asked, or tell you your order is moments away, or box up your leftovers along with a refill of fresh chips and salsa; they've brought me samples of dishes I've asked about just so I could try them. They have pride in their kitchen and they are very willing to share their thoughts and knowledge with you, just ask. As with any popular restaurant, if they are busy, be prepared to wait, or simply flag someone down and ask. It's a lot of work running a family restaurant so when things get busy, I chill because I am certain the food and drink are going to be just as good as they were the last time. It's a deeply personal experience, dining out; there is a lot of trust involved and it's very intimate. Mi Casita goes out of their way to make certain you have quenched your thirst, filled your hunger, and enjoyed yourself in their dining room, all to your satisfaction. They have a lot of heart and they have been especially kind to me when they didn't necessarily have to. I have a lot of respect for these good people. Mi Casita is a small business and all the support and understanding is needed to keep them going so their children, if they so choose, may continue to honor the fine level of excellence established by this hard working family.
Kerry K. on Oct 27, 2015