Posted by paulrivas on:
As a Santa Barbara man about Goleta, I’m never the first to know what’s going on downtown. When Ablitt’s Spanish rook finally went up on West Haley Street years ago, I walked by it six times before I saw it there, a pint-sized posh parking lot palace.
Apparently Casa Blanca (two words = White House, one word = city in Morocco) opened at 330 State Street six weeks ago. It’s a Mexican food place in a Jeff Shelton building. They have a regular menu, but they also have a weekend menu (Fridays from 3pm, all day Saturday & Sunday) that they call the Happy Hour menu.
When we got there Friday at 6pm, there was a wait for dinner tables, even though there were a ton of empty tables in the dinner sections. The Happy Hour section was slammed, but they let us in anyway.
We sat there for so long before spotting a server – and so long again before tackling one and tricking her into helping us – that I was beginning to wonder if I wasn’t actually in a misspelled Moroccan Casablanca. These people were taking forever on purpose! How authentic!!!
The Happy Hour food is nothing special, but fair-ish-ly priced. I’ve no idea about the regular menu, since they wouldn’t sell to us from it.
The Happy Hour menu does bear one bad omen for this white Moroccan house: they spelled tacos wrong.