On Tuesday, May 7th I was happy to attend the one year anniversary party for Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar, located in the lovely city of Rancho Santa Margarita in South Orange County, California. In the past I had been several times to the Costa Mesa Mi Casa, but this was my first time venturing over to the new store. As you can see in my blog, I review quite a few restaurants, so when I have the opportunity to revisit a familiar place I love, I am pretty excited.
The Rancho Santa Margarita Mi Casa had a very different setup from the Costa Mesa store, but was still bustling with just as many people! Mi Casa holds a special place in my heart in that I used to revisit it quite a bit in my early 20’s as I had an apartment in Newport Beach 5 minutes walking distance from the Costa Mesa location.
The one year anniversary party happened to fall on the same week as Cinco de Mayo & it was on a Taco Tuesday, so there were many fun festivities going on.
Upon entering the restaurant and putting our name on the wait list, we ventured over into the bar area for a fabulous $5 special house margarita which was the perfect blend of flavors. I was pleasantly impressed with the artwork on the walls that had quite a bit of color and flare. My personal favorite was the colorful donkey
pictured behind my husband and I in the picture in this article. My husband’s favorite of course was the “Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World.” I must say he loves those commercials and this picture excited him greatly…what a silly husband I have!
Shortly after 15 minutes at the bar of having tasty libations and joyful conversation, our friend arrived to meet us for dinner and we were escorted to our table. The Mi Casa in Rancho Santa Margarita had many different seating options. Not only were there barstools in the bar area, there were also tables. Throughout the restaurant there were booths and tables so you could pick whichever you fancy. My favorite item in the setup of this restaurant had to be the outdoor patio though!! The outdoor patio had an awesome large size area to sit, complete with a fire pit for cold nights!
For the anniversary party, the restaurant owners brought in the band, “The Creepers” which I have loved for many years! The Creepers play a variety of music spanning over 6 different decades, but they specialize in 80’s music. The Creepers band is comprised of Mat Hocking on lead vocals and guitar, Brian Kushner on drums & vocals, & Dave Alpizar on bass and vocals. Together these guys have rocking harmony and they are super fun to watch! These guys call themselves, “three real musicians playing real music with an Orange County attitude.” They perform ion a variety of places, such as Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Miami & Chicago! I love them!
We were fortunate to be seated at the most awesome booth in the house with a view of the patio and the band. We could not have picked a more perfect spot. Prior to ordering our food, we decided to pay a visit to the free tequila shots area that were being offered to celebrate Mi casa’s one year anniversary. These were not just any ordinary tequila shots; they were 3 different types of Partida tequila that were offered to taste. The three types of tequila being sampled were resposado, anejo, and blanco. They were all great, however my favorite was the blanco used in the skinny margaritas that Mi Casa had to offer for a special $7 price that night. 🙂
For dinner, I ordered my classic favorite, the Mexican pizza which consisted of a delicious crispy fried four tortilla crust, seasoned chicken, refried beans, fresh tomatoes, lots of cheese, red sauce, sour cream and guacamole. This dish always makes my taste buds happy! My husband had six different tacos that consisted of pork, beef and chicken. See pictures in this post. He was very happy to devour them quite quickly.
Mi Casa regularly has an awesome taco Tuesday party at both restaurants in the Rancho Santa Margarita and Costa Mesa locations. Definitely check out their $1 tacos on drinks specials on any given Tuesday at either restaurant.
Mi Casa Mexican restaurant is a family owned restaurant that has been passed down through three different generations. The original restaurant in Costa Mesa opened in 1972 and has been frequented by many famous celebrities including, George Bush Senior and Diane Keaton, among many others that can be found on the website. The Moore family has done a great job of keeping a lively family business for many years with great food and a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Current owners Ryan Moore & his wife, Nathalie whom is in charge of Marketing for the restaurant decided to recently open this second location in Rancho Santa Margarita one year ago in 2012. This restaurant is a must visit for Mexican food or even just for relaxing on the patio for a nice happy hour in a friendly place. The food is great, the drinks are stiff, and the staff is welcoming and accommodating. Let me know how you liked Mi Casa! To see original article advertising this event, click here: MI CASA PARTY
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