After such a positive experience from taking Marilyn’s advice to check out the Treehouse Bakery we decided to take her other recommendation to check out C.A.S.A. In her words, “It’s random types of food that are all made into burritos.” We’re pretty big fans of burritos, so why not? And since we were already heading over to Tempe to catch some live music it was the perfect opportunity to check out C.A.S.A. on our way.
While street parking is available we ended up parking in one of the area underground garages. At just $3 it’s less of a headache that driving around trying to find a spot. Normally when we check out a new restaurant I have everything pretty well figured out, but this time around we really knew nothing….other than they had vegan fare. So when we walked up to find that C.A.S.A. was essentially an outdoor bar we were a bit thrown off. No biggie but it’s something worth noting. Dining outside in Arizona can be pretty toasty. Thankfully they have the usual misters that take the temperature down a notch.
It’s also worth noting that after doing some research we found that there is an indoor ‘club’ area where food is also served. We had no clue since the entrance was tucked away behind a wall. Not to mention, we went by the sign that said, “Order food at the bar.” Once again, no biggie.
Unlike their online menu their menus at their location not only provide photos but are clearly marked which burritos can be made vegan. In addition, when talking to the bartender they gave us the heads up about vegan options as well. Marilyn was right. There was a wide variety of fare….all made into burritos. I chose the Mac and Cheese while DH went for the Chinese Takeout.
After taking our seats and a short wait, we received our food and dug in. Yum! I will say it wasn’t the best vegan mac and cheese I’ve ever had, but it still hit the spot and had a little bite to it. As for DH’s burrito. It contained fried rice, chicken, and spring rolls….yes, all inside of the burrito. There were absolutely no complaints from him.
While I wasn’t blown away by our experience we found ourselves in Tempe the following week and decided to stop again. This time around I tried the veganized Chinese Takeout burrito. Winner! That vegan Chinese Takeout burrito kicked butt. The tofu was perfectly prepared. Not too squishy, not too tough. And the taste was delicious. Definitely a repeater. DH enjoyed the street tacos he ordered but he was quick to admit that he wished he had gotten the Chinese Takeout again.
When you arrive at C.A.S.A. chances are you’re not going to get warm and fuzzies like you would if you entered your local bar. That’s not to say the staff isn’t polite, it’s just a different vibe. Add in the heat of eating outside and attempting to shout your order to the bartender over the loud music, and I’m sure some may not be that thrilled with the experience. For us it’s no big deal. For the chance to get our hands on some food that comes with a different spin and has vegan options we found it worth stepping outside of our normal comfort zone. We will definitely be returning to try the remaining concoctions that are offered.
15 E 6th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
SE Corner of Mill & 6th in Downtown Tempe
Opens daily at 8a
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)