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A Valley Classic's Tasty Refresh

The enchiladas you love'll remain, but Casa Vega has new eats, too.



    A Valley Classic's Tasty Refresh
    Casa Vega
    The venerable Casa Vega of Ventura Boulevard is getting a few new drinks and dishes.

    How do you feel when your longtime hangout, a place where you've ordered the same side dish 567 times, adds a few new things?

    Happy, right? We love the old-timey places to stay the same and yet we understand that a little tweak and a small addition here and there, while keep the classic menu in place, can only serve a long-standing well.

    "Long-standing" and Casa Vega are two things that go together in many minds. The Ventura Boulevard restaurant opened in 1956, and its curves and neon still look quintessentially mid-century. Fans love it for its darkness and booths and salt-lined libations, but those same fans are being treated to a few new things.

    Like? New Cucumber Margaritas and Orange Margaritas, and a fresh sangria. A new appetizer -- the Supreme Vega Combo -- is being added to the menu as well, which is a fine idea; it gathers a lot of the apps crowds usually want to order into one dish. (That's one of our favorite things about the Valley landmark; it appeals to small groups of friends looking to margarita-up a Sunday afternoon.) Taquitos and quesadillas are part of the Supreme Vega Combo.

    And the traditional Molcajete, too, is on the menu -- think of elements like sliced flank steak and roasted chiles.

    It's "the first time in years" that new items have been added to the restaurant's classic menu, says a rep.

    So what's your Casa Vega go-to? We will say now, and forever, that Queso Fundido has a way of bolstering the spirit. A margarita on the rocks can enhance a fine Fundido, too.

    And we'll raise our Fundido to a Valley institution that's keeping fresh, and keeping neon-nice, over a half century on.

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