2102 Broadway Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Some friends and I took advantage of the amazing weather on Sunday and ventured to the South Hills for the highly recommended, Casa Rasta experience. It is a cute little place with a nice outdoor patio. Prefect for a lazy Sunday afternoon of sunshine, people watching and chowing down on some good grub. The inside has just a few seats, so be warned if you are going on a cold or rainy day, it might be best to get yours to-go!
There are two veggie tacos on the menu. I clearly had to try both! They were both good. Not earth-shatteringly good, but good. Both tacos came with two fresh corn tortillas. Yum! The first one I tried, which was my favorite of the two, was the Vegetarian Poblano Chilis & Potatoes (Rajas) and the other was a Vegetarian Mexican Sausage (Soyrizo). The pepper one was cooked well and didn’t have any of the bitter/metallic taste that happens sometimes to cooked peppers. The peppers were cut into ribbons which made for a fun presentation. Topped with a bit of their homemade salsa, it was a good taco. The Soyrizo taco was fine. I ate the whole thing and enjoyed it, but it tasted like something I could whip up a home in no time. The “sausage” tasted just like Boca or Quorn crumbles cooked in some taco seasoning. I liked it, but it was nothing special. Am I glad they have it on the menu though? Heck yes! I will always credit a place when they have veggie protein on the menu! Well done, Casa Rasta!
The only thing on the menu that I didn’t much enjoy were the black beans. They come in a Styrofoam bowl, which for a cute little hippy, veggie/earth friendly place, I was shocked that they used Styrofoam. But neither here nor there, the beans were just not great. No seasoning and a minute or two undercooked. I put them on both tacos to add a little somethin’ somethin’, but on their own, they were not good.
I did, however, very much enjoy my Mango Jarritos. Delish.
If you have read my review of Smoke and this one, I bet you can guess my winner. For the food, from this one veggie’s perspective, there is a clear winner- Smoke. As far as the whole dining experience, I would give it to Casa Rasta based on the patio and option for outdoor dining. I would go back to Casa Rasta with friends for a cheap, casual meal. I would go back to Smoke time and time again for flavorful, fresh food.
Overall Grade for Casa Rasta: B-