Jerry and I take our Mexican food very, VERY seriously. Personally, I could eat Mexican 3, 4, 7 times a week. It’s probably the combo of cheese, spice and soft tortillas that get me. But oh, guacamole…you have my heart.
We regularly hit up many of the Mexican restaurants the city has to offer…Emiliano’s, Gran Agave, Steel Cactus, Mad Mex, Yo Rita, Las Palapas, Round Corner Cantina, El Campesino, Patron…goodness, that’s a lot! And not to mention my all time favorite…Cozumel in Greensburg.
So you can imagine how excited we were to try a new (to us) Mexican restaurant in the Strip District…Casa Reyna.
Reyna Foods is a well established Latin American grocer located on Penn Avenue. They have their own chip, tortilla and tamale factory! And if you’re shopping in the Strip at any point in time, most likely you’ve passed their food stand in front of the store…the amazingly delicious smells almost knock you over! And about 9 months ago, they opened Casa Reyna.
We started off with a salsa sampler with housemade corn chips. The Casera salsa and the Tomatillo Verde were both terrific. Nice kick but not too hot and as fresh as could be. And the chips…the best I’ve ever had. Seriously.
We didn’t want to eat a ton b/c we were going to have an early (ish) dinner. So Jerry got 2 fish tacos and I got a chicken quesadilla & we split our meals. I know. Boooooring. But stick with what you know, right?
Both were delicious. The chicken was perfectly seasoned and so flavorful. The fish was mild and flaky (just how we like it). And Jerry has decided that they are the smartest people on the planet. The fish was nestled inside a hard blue corn tortilla which was wrapped in a flour tortilla. Brilliant!! He gets so annoyed when he’s eating a crunchy taco and it falls apart everywhere. This way, you get the crunchy fun of the hard taco shell and you don’t make a huge mess!!
Our waiter pointed out that the tortillas were being made about 10 feet away from us. I peered through a little window and there they were! Tortillas being churned out while we dined. No wonder everything was so amazingly fresh.
Casa Reyna…we love you. And we’ll be back soon!