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Feb 7, 2007 09:19 AM

Mushroom dishes at La Casita Chilanga [Redwood City]

Regarding Casita Chilanga... do you have any more info? Chilango(a) as you might know is the (slightly demeaning but accepted nickname for people from Mexico City). In addition to Huitlacoche... mushrooms are huge around Mexico City during the rainy season they tend to hijack the menus of the Fondas & nicer restaurants.

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  1. La Casita Chilanga is my favorite torta place. A bit less so now than when it originally opened, as the dimensions of the telera to make the sandwich have grown to be more like the California brethren than DF style.

    La Casita Chilanga 2 -

    P.S. Victoria, a chilanga chowhound, originally pointed us there.

    1. Casita Chilanga has multiple notable tortas. The one called La Milan is a milanesa (a breaded thin steak) and is evidence that, in the hands of a great cuisine, sandwiches are not just for gambling earls anymore. If you really like meat, you can indeed get a torta with pretty much every kind of meat from the rest of the menu. I've had this sandwich at both locations, and I thought it considerably better at the El Camino storefront than at the casita on Middlefield Rd. But my sample size from Middlefield is just 1.

      C.C. also often has enchiladas with huitlacoche and with shockingly good fresh cheese. They weren't on the menu recently -- and this is a funny time of year for huitlacoche, anyway.

      Most people I have taken to Casita Chilanga are stuck by the quality of the bread. Melanie is struck by the size. But I really think the rich, sweet, fresh, yeasty bread stands out among tortas from up and down the Peninsula. Redwood City is replete with great cooking, especially from Michoacan, but from many of the states besides. C.C. does the D.F. proud.

      761 El Camino Real, Redwood City
      2128 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City

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      1. re: David Sloo

        Was checking the website to see if the location in Newark's still in business. The website's under construction, but here's the cached version, which shows at mobile version of CC, presumably roaming the So SF and Burlingame areas. anyone spot it?

        La Casita Chilanga Móvil
        South San Francisco
        Burlingame, Ca
        Tel: 650.826.0127

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          just called the #. based on my broken spanish, it seems to be near a car dealership on california dr. in b'game. this could be mike harvey acura at broadway, or something closer to burlingame ave.
          i'd go check it out, but i have lotsa leftovers to get thru this week.

        2. re: David Sloo

          They also have borrego on Sundays.

          1. re: David Sloo

            Recently I sang the praises again of the El Camino location, the only one I've frequented in Redwood City.

            However, soon afterwards I had a taste from the Middlefield original, and it is a few notches better. The telera's marked from the grill. The assembly showed even more precision, and the thick cut slices of pierna in the Tesorita were grilled as well to add another smoky note. If this is typical, I'm switching loyalties.


            1. re: Melanie Wong

              They're both good, but the Middlefield location has been better in my experience. Last month, I had such a bold, juicy, and smokey (in a natural way) Tesorita Torta that I cranked open the lid for this picture. Beautifully charred meat.

              As of two years ago, the El Camino Location sourced their Tesorita from El Paisano Carniceria y Mercado (on Middlefield). I've no idea whether the Middlefield location, currently, or historically did the same.

              1. re: hyperbowler

                Mmmm, I want one now. Thanks for the validation.

                1. re: hyperbowler

                  I went to both locations in the past couple of weeks. The Middlefield location is far superior. The El Camino location tortas have 1/3 less meat so the bread to contents ratio is off. You get a very bready sandwich. So you transfer the meat from one half of the sandwich to the other and end up with half a sandwich. Definitely not worth it.