Monday, March 24, 2008


Last night Kimberly and I had a muy buena cena a la Casa Blanca. It's a brand new Mexican restaurant that just opened in North Billerica, right off of Rt. 3 on Rt. 129.

I've long been yearning for authentic Mexican food around here, on a par with what you can get in the Southwest. After one visit to Cafe Azteca in Lawrence, I fell in love with the quality of their food and their low prices. Similarly, La Carreta in Nashua offers a good selection and quality food.

But the Lowell area has been lacking (unless there's some other place I don't know about). The two best Mexican places (Mambo Grill and Isabela's Burrito Bar) are really burrito joints. The food is great, but they don't offer a full plate and wide selection. Casa Blanca has come to finally fill this void!

We were seated by a very young girl who was obviously the daughter of the owners and then greeted almost immediately with water and chips. The homemade salsa was a yummy cilantro packed hint at what was to come. The prompt, frequent, and friendly service continued throughout the night (admittedly, there were only a few people eating while we were there).

Our waiter took our order in a thick-accented Spanglish, though I think it was stylistic rather than out of necessity. His speech hinted that he also spoke fluent English. I had the standard green sauce enchiladas while Kimberly ordered chicken flautas. Both of us were immediately blown away. Kimberly compared hers to this little Mexican place that we stopped at in Paige, AZ in passing on our honeymoon, where the staff were all first generation Mexican (the place stands in our minds as stereotypical authentic Mexican).

We were thoroughly impressed and started joking about what we would order when we came back the next day. Please drop what you're doing and go to Casa Blanca immediately! I would love to see this place flourish and we'll be returning very soon.

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