La Casa del Mojito

Written by on August 14, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Roosevelt
How I heard of this place: I think I first heard about this place when I found a coupon in the Entertainment book several years ago. Since then, however, it has become one of my favorite places for good food in a very friendly, bright and fun Caribbean style atmosphere!
Type of cuisine: Latin American and delicious foods from Cuba and the Caribbean Tropics
Ambiance: Brightly colored, small space, with indoor and outdoor seating. The triangular-shaped establishment hosts bench and chair seating at three or four tables inside and several tables outside, in the patio. Being in a residential area, parking is limited to street parking, but worth the trek if you have to park a few blocks away. The large windows surrounding the space, open to let the summer breeze through, adds to the charm and delight of the venue. The staff is friendly, and often just like family. The only thing missing is the beach!
What I ordered: Of the six of us in our party, five of us ordered, two of us sharing a dish. From my left and back to me, we had one order of the Mojito sandwich ($6.95). This is the signature lunch item with cured ham, roasted pork and Swiss cheese. (It was large enough that even after having run a 5K, only half could be consumed in one sitting!). Another ordered Luigi’s sandwich ($6.75), a vegetarian option with zucchini, carrots, mushrooms and roasted red peppers, sauteed with cilantro-green pepper glaze and topped with Swiss cheese. (A take away box was also needed here.) To her left, one of our half-marathoners ordered the pescado en guiso ($13.95), a white fish fillet simmered in a sauce of tomatoes, onions, garlic, diced potatoes, capers, olives and white wine. The dish came served over a bed of rice and crispy tostones. To her left was our second half-marathoner, who ordered the pescado frito ($8.25). This ultimate beach meal in the tropics of Latin America, included a garlic pan-fried white fish fillet, lightly dredged in seasoned flour and served with rice, maduros and ensalada de palmito. Myself, having completed a 10K nearly three hours prior, and the last of our diners ordered the pinchos vegetarianos ($7.95). Skewered seasonal vegetables and pineapple, grilled and drizzled with a house-made cilantro glaze, was served with salad, tostones, a mound of rice and black beans. On this 90-degree summer afternoon, while enjoying the heat, the relaxation and the breeze throughout the establishment, we could not refuse the seasonal fruit batida! One person ordered iced tea, and three indulged in the mango batida – fruit and ice, sweetened with condensed milk. One couldn’t have just one and ordered a second mango batida; and a third passion fruit batida! I opted for a combination of the three fruits available, and happily enjoyed a mango, passion fruit, guava batida.
What I loved: I loved the freshly grilled vegetables, especially the red bell peppers! The batida, however, was the perfect start to a scrumptious meal on this hot day, after a long jog through Magnuson Park!
Why I loved it: I loved the friendliness of the staff, the open space and the comfort of the venue. The colors, the food, the music and the feel are the best one can get in Seattle when craving island life!
Cost: Average ($8-$15 for large lunch entrees)

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