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Saturday, May 07, 2011
Make Mi Casa Su Casa: Great Mexican Restaurant in Menasha
My second time there I made a stunning discovery: they offer Oaxaca-style tamales, an unusual tamale steamed inside banana leaves with a completely different texture and intriguing flavor. I've been searching for that kind of tamale since I encountered them in southern Mexico in 2009 during an innovation-related business trip in Veracruz State. The search is over! I'll be back for sure. These were absolutely delicious.
The chef is actually from Veracruz State in Mexico, a southern area on the Atlantic coast that is famed for its great seafood and flavorful dishes. It's close to Oaxaca, which may explain the Oaxacan influence. I love both Veracruz- and Oaxaca-style food.
The chips and salsa are OK, but they don't include the bean dip that is popular in many local Mexican restaurants. I miss the bean dip, but their homemade tortilla chips are among the best in the Valley.
Give Mi Casa a try and tell them that a tall crazy gringo sent you. They'll know who you mean.
Mi Casa: 14 Tayco Street, Menasha, WI 54952. Phone: (920) 720-3600.
Yesterday we went to a new Mexican restaurant - Larita - yesterday in Appleton. Their bean dip and guacamole dip are REALLY good. One dish that surprised us the most was the Carne Asade fries (french fries topped with steak, cheese and guacamole). Boy, that was really good.
You will remember Larita since their tent is always tucked in the back of the art center at the farmer's market. Delicious food.