How to survive Casa Bonita, the world's weirdest Mexican restaurant

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3) Don't go for the fried ice cream. This is where they get you. Right after you've ordered your taco salad, the server will undoubtedly ask, "Would you like fried ice cream with that?" And that's just not fair. Any time someone asks you to partake in something that involves ice cream and deep-frying, the innate human response is to heartily acquiesce. We can't help it; the response involves the same part of our reptilian brain that takes over whenever we hear the words "open" and "bar" in the same sentence. But fight this urge you must, because already waiting for you at the end of your lousy meal is the dessert to end all desserts - something even better than fried ice cream: Casa Bonita's sopapillas. You have to wonder how these powdery pillows of goodness could come from the same kitchen that manages to screw up cheese quesadillas. And did we mention they're free? In other words, the fried ice cream is for suckers.

2) Order the taco salad. As everyone knows, you don't go to Casa Bonita for the food -- and that's even if you ignore all those rumors about piles of empty cat food cans in the kitchen. Unfortunately, they make you order a full meal to get in the door, but it's best to just write that off as the admission fee. A good strategy is to not eat any of your $12 meal and make sure you have at least $12 worth of fun while you're there (or make sure you have $8 worth of fun and eat at least $4 worth of sopapillas). Or, if you really need some sustenance, take it from us and order the taco salad. Unlike every other option on the menu, the "mystery meat" with this entree comes on the side, so you can eat your salad without wondering too much about cat food. Sure, it's the worst taco salad you will ever eat, but finding a way to make a taco salad this bad is sort of an achievement in itself, and we're all about giving credit where credit is due.

1) Do your research. There's no way to fully prepare for the sensory-overload experience that is Casa Bonita, but a good first step would be to watch Trey Parker and Matt Stone's South Park documentary about the place. We're using the term "documentary" because while every other South Park episode features bizarre characters and outlandish scenarios, the actual Casa Bonita is so ridiculous they just slapped it into the show looking exactly how it looks in real life. We're also pretty sure children really have been willing to kill others for a chance to go to the restaurant, so Cartman's attempt to kill Butters so he can take his place at a party there is completely factual. And finally, just like Cartman, chances are you will end up running around Casa Bonita like a crack addict, all the while singing the song, "Casa Bonita! Casa Bonita! Food and fun in a festive atmosphere!"


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Cassie Wright
Cassie Wright

David Helm Bridget Helm Jenny Schwartz Smith Kim Yarnes Nick Yarnes Brianne Wagner

Barb Goldstein
Barb Goldstein

Regardless, they have managed to stay in business all these years and that's an accomplishment in itself!

Katy Martin
Katy Martin

I love Casa bonita. I had many great times there with friends and family. I really liked their food also. I use to order the deluxe. I will probably go back soon.

Lawrence Brown
Lawrence Brown

I take all my friends from Oklahoma there. We no longer have ours in Tulsa.

Barb Goldstein
Barb Goldstein

Great idea Karen. I ate there once years ago and it was enough.

Maria Ortiz Avina
Maria Ortiz Avina

Haha you're funny !! That place is like the old lakeside amusement park.. NOTHING has changed in 25 years!!

James Montoya
James Montoya

first off- Casa Bonita is no Mexican restaurant. It is a non authentic theme restaurant and a very poorly reproduced one at that. The place once was fun to children on Halloween and birthdays, however over the years the place has lost all of its credibility.

Karen Kataline
Karen Kataline

Skip the food and visit the caricaturist, Chuck Morris. He's terrific.

Jason Brown
Jason Brown

Tom Shockley This is funny how I was just telling you about this place then I saw this in my news feed... LOL!

Mel L-b
Mel L-b

Jenna Lee Mathews and Luke Lindsay-Brisbin lol

Mary Jarrett
Mary Jarrett

My sister worked there when she was 16 after she came home every night and told us what happened I could never get enough courage to go there. Still can't

Mary Cicotello
Mary Cicotello

watch out for the slippery floors especially when carrying your tray. I slipped and fell and my tray went flying. They did manage to replace my food order, but by the time they did we lost the rest of our party, and their employees did not remember where they sat them. So we ate alone, the food was cold by then and the whole episode ruined our night with out of town friends.

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Casa Bonita is holding on to the South Park connection like grim death. Probably the only thing keeping that ship afloat.

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Casa Bonita must be giving the Westord a lot of hardup cash for advertising. How many times can you advertise a shity restaurant in a month?

Hannah West
Hannah West

I remember when it was in a big parking lot all by itslef, it's so strange that they built a strip mall around it...

Diana Reavis
Diana Reavis

Bwahaha so true...take heed Heather Winokur but go you must.

Gary Givant
Gary Givant

We need to go Randy Heckler Matheson

Hailey Hayes
Hailey Hayes

The only way to survive is to not eat there.

karidrgn
karidrgn

Due to my personal likes & dislikes of the food all I've ever had was the beef fajitas and of course the sopapillas and I've always thought it was good. My husband and others that were with me thought the food was ok as well. Perhaps we aren't as discriminating as others. Black Barts cave is my favorite place to go thru as well.

George Chris Syrpes
George Chris Syrpes

Ha ha ha ha - pretty good analysis! But I say just don't go - place has not been cleaned in decades ...!!

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

WTF. I thought this story sounded familiar, it is dated from 2009.

Don Corvette
Don Corvette

A place you GOT to go just to check it out, but..............the food.....how the hell are they still selling that crap!

Shinkhan Zen
Shinkhan Zen

Sooooo true and hilarious! #2 was spot on. The worst food EVER!

Joel Warner
Joel Warner

Don't trust anything the author wrote. He'd clearly overdosed on sopapillas.

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