I love Pasadena, and I'm not just saying that because I'll be leaving it very soon. It was an incredible area in which to grow up. I have a wonderful group of friends - not just the regular characters who appear on this blog but those I grew up with and no longer live around here. Some are lawyers and some are thieves / Some are now behind the sun.
And there have always been many, many dining choices. So when I have a bad restaurant experience, it is never too hard to seek out a better one. I wrote about my least favorite dining experience of the last three months yesterday, now let me tell you about perhaps my best.
I've passed by Mi Casa many, many times and never considered dropping by. Not when I saw the signs in the window advertising taco specials; not even when I saw the sign advertising a bucket of beers for $15 every day between 3 and 5.
And then one day the subject came up - I was asking my friend Tim if he'd ever been there. He had not; he wasn't even sure what I was talking about. As I have written before, it often seems as if Tim knows every restaurant between Orange County and Ventura, so it surprises me when I mention a place that he doesn't know, a surprise that increases exponentially when it's a place in Pasadena.
We needed to try it out, so just a couple of days ago we swung by in the mid afternoon. There is a counter at which you can order food to go, but service if you choose to sit.
This is in no way a complaint. I ate the whole thing - minus the one wedge I gave Tim - and was quite satisfied.
"Maybe some people have blogs with twenty readers who want to know about the newest Taco Bell promotion," I added.
Mi Casa was a fantastic experience and I hope I have the chance to make it back.