La Casita Taqueria (Ypsilanti, MI)
Score: 5 / 10 Reviewed by: Chris
La Casita is on the back corner of a small strip mall. They serve up some decent food, but need to bring the flavors together into an integrated whole.
The place feels like a proper hole-in-the-wall taqueria. We went up to order, but they insisted we sit down and gave us menus. I went with their lunch burrito. The menu suggests it's only available with ground beef or chicken, but they had no problem using the carnitas from their taco selection. There is plenty of meat choice here, al pastor, carne asada, chorizo, tripe, barbacoa, and even lengua and cabeza.
While waiting for the food, we were served from complementary chips and salsa. Both the red and verde salsas were liquid- no chance of pico here- and they both had fresh strong flavors and plenty of spiciness. I'd have happily taken home a quart of either.
Then the burrito arrived. It was served on a plate, covered in sauce, with rice, refried beans and guac on the side. Basically, the internals of the burrito were nothing but the finely cubed carnitas. I dug in. The carnitas had a nice grilled flavor to them, one that i'd been missing. Sadly, they weren't crispy. Overall, there was a a fair amount of flavor on the plate, but it was all disseminated. Had they put the rice, beans and guac inside the tortilla, they'd have something quite good. But as it was, it was a collection of good flavors, but not the unified specialness of a proper burrito.
The price was a tad on the high side. The lunch burrito was $6.99 for an ample but not overwhelming slab. The Dinner burrito (presumably larger) is a buck more. There were plenty of flavors of jarritos here too.
Overall, a decent meal, but completely lacking the integration that makes a Mission burrito. How to rate it then? Put the ingredients together, and it's a 6. or a 6.5. But integration is key, so I think this one has to be a 5.
posted 5/17/2010 12:25 PM, updated on 8/29/2010 7:54 AM