May 09, 2011 12:05PM
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Photo by Dante Fontana
Mi casa es su casa.
No expression in Español or English can describe Casa Ramos better. The minute I walked into the restaurant with a friend in tow, I was instantly drawn to the energy of this homey Mexican eatery. We were immediately met with smiles and seated soon after.
Our waiter turned out to be quite the character. He was incredibly happy and sang along to all of the songs on the loudspeaker. Right away, he took our drink orders and, like at any good Mexican restaurant, brought out a complimentary round of chips and salsa. When I opened the menu, I was met with many different options for meat-eaters and veggie lovers alike. After a tough decision, I finally chose their Vegi-Enchilada. While we waited, someone at the next table over was delivered fajitas. The hypnotizing smell almost made me regret my own decision.
However, once our food arrived I was far from disappointed. My hearty enchilada was filled with broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, carrots and baby corn, then topped off with Monterey Jack cheese, my personal favorite, and of course sauce. The minute I cut into the amazingly soft tortilla, the veggies came spilling out and tasted as good as they looked. I would have been satisfied with only two enchiladas, but I had to try the ranch beans and white rice that were served on the side. The ranch beans tasted great and were a nice substitute for the usual refried variety.
As full as I was, I could not pass up dessert. At my friend’s request, I tried a sopapilla – a pillow-like pastry topped with cinnamon and a drizzle of chocolate syrup then served with vanilla ice cream – for the first time. One order came with four sopapillas, which was more than enough to share. They were dangerously delicious and not to be missed!
Casa Ramos brings something different to the table, pardon the pun, and stands out among the many different Mexican restaurants in town. If you think you’ve tried everything, you are sure to appreciate this different approach. ¡Salud!
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