The Santa Ana expansion is taking over the old Pancho's Tacos space at 9609 Venice Blvd., a short walk for anyone looking to escape the all-American burgers, beers and salads of downtown Culver City.
The Casa Oaxaca menu is mostly built for the lunch crowd, with $10 plates of bistek and marinated pork, with chicken enchiladas on the side. Fish served a la Diabla will run you $13, and arrive drowned in a warm, thin salsa, with a scoop of rice and some avocado creaminess to reset your tingling tongue. And in that same $13 price range you'll find molcajetes overflowing with an array of meats and Mexican cheeses.
As a showcase of sorts, Casa Oaxaca handed out individual molotes and quesadillas at last weekend's East L.A. Meets Napa charity food event at Union Station. The former are a sort of starchier dumpling with a creamy potato interior and bites of chorizo, while the latter quesadillas are fried with jalapeño slices and epazote. And for the kid, you can apparently order a plate of scrambled eggs and two pancakes that comes with a syrup smiley face. Although what adult wouldn't want the same the same thing?
Casa Oaxaca is scheduled to open today at 9606 Venice Boulevard in Culver City.