Un poco diferente
On the Cheap by Liz Zack
Patsy Cline croons over eight tiny tables while customers seated in
rummage-sale finds sip cream soda and cherry cola. From its background music to
its citrus-colored draperies, Mi Casita, in Jamaica Plain, does Mexican un
Open only six months, Mi Casita has developed a loyal following thanks to its
cool digs, cheap prices, and light take on traditional Mexican cuisine. Dishes
don't drown in cheese, and the ingredients are fragrant and fresh. Really
fresh. (Mi Casita's owner, Felicia Sanchez, grows vegetables for the restaurant
in her garden during the summer.) The result is that you don't feel as if
you've swallowed a bowling ball when you leave.
You can taste the fresh tomatoes and cilantro in both the corn-chipotle and
the traditional-style salsa (each $2.95, with chips). Another good choice is
"Our Famous Bean Burrito," which comes with a dinner salad and cumin-flavored
rice for $5.95. Quesadillas with any of the three tortilla choices (we liked
the spinach best), covered with Mi Casita's chunky, fragrant salsa, are $5.95.
The homemade guacamole ($1.25) is creamy and slightly tangy (it's mixed with
mayonnaise) -- a great dip for whatever you order.
And don't miss the desserts here, which are also homemade; you'll often walk
by Mi Casita's windows and see people eating alone, sharing an intimate moment
with a slice of Key lime pie. If you must limit yourself to a single dessert,
it should be the coffee flan ($1.75). It's perfectly smooth and not at all
Mi Casita's only drawback? The distressing lack of margaritas. There's no
liquor license here, and sometimes a cream soda just doesn't do it.
Mi Casita, located at 597 Centre Street, in Jamaica Plain, is open
daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (617) 983-5000.
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