As a lover of Mexican food, I have patronized nearly every Mexican joint in the greater Kanawha Valley area. Casa Garcia could not escape my chimichanga radar, effective within a 30-mile radius of my current location at any given time. In fact, one reason I am considering upgrading to an iPhone is so I can locate Mexican and Indian eateries when in unfamiliar territory.
Casa Garcia is located in Riverwalk Plaza in a space that used to be a Chinese place. On my first visit to Casa Garcia I noticed the décor had a lot of Asian flavor…but since then, the restaurant has transformed into a bright and cheery setting where you expect to receive a taco, not an eggroll.
The best part of my visit for this review, was the option of dining outdoors. Luckily for us, we were able to get a table outside around the back part of the deck, completely shaded and with a view of the Kanawha River. We seriously considered not going back to work and just sitting there, sipping margaritas all afternoon.
On previous occasions I have ordered the Cream Burrito (very similar to my old standby, the chimichanga) but today I decided to go with a Misty-strategy: an order of chicken soft tacos which are easily transferable to the low-carb tortillas I brought in the Ziploc baggie. Plus, it’s cheap ($4.75) and they don’t come with any tempting rice that I should not eat.
One great thing about dining a la Mexican, is the instant gratification of free chips & salsa. The salsa here is not my favorite: it is very tomato-y and I don’t taste much besides that. I prefer more spice or cilantro than what they serve here.
It was a perfect day to dine alfresco – a light breeze, warm air, low humidity. Man, it would have been great with a jumbo strawberry margarita. I wonder if they have sugar-free margaritas?
The chicken tacos arrived, three of them, with soft, warm tortillas encasing a filling of chicken breast, that yummy white cheese, and lettuce. They were good. Well, except for a couple bites of chicken that had a gristly texture. Eeeeewwwww…I can’t stand that. Had to spit it out in my napkin while Misty was looking at the scenery so as not to gross her out.
Thank goodness, they didn’t come with a pickle skewer sticking out of the top of my taco. (No, I am not over that yet.)
And even though we were seated outside, the service was pretty good – we were not forgotten like sometimes happens when you aren’t in the main dining room.
Some interesting menu items you might like to try at Casa Garcia include a potato enchilada off the vegetarian menu, the fajita chimichanga (two of my favorites merged into one dish!) or the tostaguac– a tostada featuring guacamole. Domestic beers are a reasonable $2.25 and you can get a shot of tequila for only $3.75.
While it’s not one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, it’s still good food at a good price. THREE FORKS.
I did not realize that you can dine alfresco (as the fancy folk would call it) at Casa Garcia. Usually, I am not a huge fan of dining outside and try to steer the other Fork You diners away from this. In the summer it is hot and humid. Who wants to go back to work all stinky…not me! When I am eating I want to be comfortable…not hot and sweaty! I don’t want to feel like a skillet of sizzling fajitas. And when I get uncomfortable, I start to whine and complain. It is a completely irrepressible reflex for me and I cannot stop it. It annoys everyone around me. I know this is not one of my best features and I try to avoid situations like this.
Today, we walked outside and the weather was perfect. When Susan suggested that we sit outside, I thought it was a great idea. And, it turned out to be even better than I thought. The back deck of Casa Garcia was NICE. It was shady, we had a great view of the river, and the chairs and table were clean. (Another outside dining peeve of mine… dirty tables and chairs.)
I agree with Susan on the instant gratification on the chips and salsa. However, I have to disagree about the taste of the salsa- it is one of my favorites. Why…I don’t like spice and I like the tomato-y taste. Here, I find the salsa only slightly spicy (which means other fork you-ers don’t think it is spicy at all).
I ordered the fajita quesadilla- Chicken ($5.75), and it was not a disappointment! It was full of chicken, peppers, onions, and creamy, white, melty cheese. The shell was crispy. There was a side of lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, and sour cream. It was delicious. Everything was great…the peppers were cooked just the way I liked them (still a little crunchy), the chicken was flavorful, and when I was finished with the quesadilla, there was some extra melty cheese left for me to dip my chips into.
Usually when I order the Mexican, I like to get something (taco, enchilada, burrito) with a side of rice. This time I didn’t and I was alittle concerned that would miss it. But this dish was so good, I didn’t think twice about the rice.
This was probably one of my best alfresco dining experiences ever. FOUR FORKS!Casa Garcia 19 Riverwalk Mall South Charleston, WV 25303 304-720-1587