Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Only minutes away from work, La Costita was the perfect place to stop on a Friday afternoon for happy hour. During the school year, it used to be the ONLY place we would go...until they changed the happy hour menu. We went so frequently that they knew us when we walked through the door. And, we almost always got the same table. Not that it's a busy place or anything...but, we had a little competition from the bus drivers. That's right, bus drivers. They go out on Fridays, too.
I have a tendency to order the exact same thing every time I go to a restaurant. Some people might think that it's a fault. They might assume that I am not adventurous. Maybe it's true. I'm just trying to play it safe. I know what I like...and I don't like to be disappointed. So many times, I branch out and end up with something that I can't even finish. I've been this way my whole life. (In fact, while I'm in Idaho this weekend I am going to go to Tomato Brothers and I am going to order Baked Spaghetti because that's what I've done since I was in junior high.) At La Costita, it was the spinach enchiladas. They were only three dollars and went SO well with my sangria. Now that they are not on the menu, I'm not as eager to go to La Costita for happy hour. They are still on the regular menu...but, I'm not willing to pay three times as much for the same number of enchiladas plus beans and rice. I don't even eat the beans. And, I'm all about value.
Today we met there for lunch. I tried something new. Something I've had at other restaurants and even at home. Arros con Pollo...minus the pollo, of course. It was good but missing something. I can't quite pinpoint it. Maybe it needed more cheese. Maybe more mushrooms. Maybe sour cream. Or, maybe it was the chicken. :P
La Costita has a lot to offer. First, it holds so many memories. We've been going there for years...so, it would have to. The painted walls are typical of any mexican restaurant, the TVs and video lottery provide oodles of entertainment (or at least, lots of background noise), the drinks are super cheap and the bathroom smells like jellybeans. (I might be the only one who has noticed...and, the only one who cares.) The make fresh tortillas (both flour and corn) and make you feel extra special on your birthday (right, O?). Overall, it's a great place. Other than the change in the happy hour menu, the only real complaint that I have is the mints. They're key lime. Not good. At least not in my opinion.
Ambiance: Meets (it's typical)
Service: Does Not (always) Meet