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Eater Complaints Dept.: Early Issues at Casa

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From: [an Eater]
Date: Wednesday, January 21
To: Eater Complaints Dept.
Subject: Casa Problems

Hit up the much-anticipated Casa restaurant, helmed by Chef Kris Morningstar, in downtown the other night. The evening started off well enough: cozy indoor booth, pitchers of perfect margaritas and sexy, dim lighting. Only problem is that our waitress, who was relatively sexy, was also quite dim, and that didn’t work so well. First she recommended that each of us order “4-5 plates each” as everything was tapas-style (waaaaaaaay too much food for five people, even though the plates are small-ish); second, she seemed utterly confused at simple requests like hot sauce and more drinks, please. And when it came time to split the check five ways she muttered something about “having to do math” and took 20 minutes to figure it out.

But the worst thing was not the waitress, but the fact that the place doesn’t have salsa. They have a strange starter called “guac Y mole,” which, when said out loud by our poor waitress, made her sound like an ignorant gringa, but is actually guacamole with a side of mole. But NO SALSA. It’s like Casa decided to up the hipster factor by not offering one of the most beloved, most obvious condiments of any Mexican, Tex Mex or Southwestern-style restaurant. Perhaps it’s their version of a velvet rope. In any case, Casa is good for drinks on the patio (though margaritas without chips and salsa is almost sacrilege!), but for Mexican food I’ll go elsewhere.