Giving up cheese for lent and visiting a Mexican restaurant during this time was quite a mental challenge. What do I order? Cheese-less dishes at Casa Oaxaca were pretty easy to order and fulfilling. Now do not get me wrong, I need to revisit this spot when cheese re-enters my diet but for there not to be cheese on any of my dishes, I must say they did a pretty good job. Chilaquiles con Huevo came with simmered corn tortilla chips, green salsa, a sunny side up egg and Mexican Cream. I enjoyed, though I know the queso fresco that was omitted would have lifted my spirits even more.
We had nachos without cheese which was not as disappointing as I anticipated. Casa Oaxaca places their focus on other areas such as the black beans, which took on the consistency of warm creamy refried beans. The beans, Mexican cream and potatoes can get lost in the mix when cheese enters the picture. I appreciate how Casa Oaxaca pays special attention to these unsung side items. The star of the show for brunch, however, is the Bloody Mary. The Bloody Mary Michelada is a mix of tomato juice, beer, lime, spices & pickled jalapeños. For Bloody Mary and beer lovers, this is where the best of both worlds collide.
Not overcrowded or overpriced, Casa Oaxaca was worth the trip up to Adams Morgan. For vegan lovers, this should be on the dining destination list also…they have the most vegan dishes I have seen around these parts.