The wonderful thing about our Tallahassee Foodies Facebook group is that I’m discovering restaurants near and far. The best is when I hear you all raving about an establishment just to learn, to my surprise and delight, that it’s right around the corner from me. Casa Grande is located at 3212 Apalachee Parkway, just past Capital Circle coming from the capital, and I had no idea it was just a few miles away from my house. One day, while out looking for Azu, also a discovery from the group and also located right around the corner from me, I screeched, “I had no idea Casa Grande was right there. Everyone’s talking about it!” So days later, that’s where we landed!
We pulled into the parking lot on a Wednesday at 6pm and it was packed. I was sure there would be a wait, but the interior is super spacious, not to mention festive and beautiful. There is also plenty of seating outside on the patio, so that’s where we landed on a not-so-hot, breezy summer evening. I see why so many people rave about Casa Grande! It’s such a feel good place the second you walk in, and out.
So remember that pineapple ceviche pic that was our Facebook group banner for a few months? Well, of course that’s what I had to order. The pic was submitted by a group member (and my friend), so I couldn’t wait to see it for myself, and I LOVE ceviche. It was AMAZING. So so super fresh, full of shrimp, citrus juice, cilantro, pico de gallo, and topped with a pile of fresh avocado that I worked into every bite. The pineapple that was chopped out was served as a side, and to make this meal even more fruity, clearly the theme, I opted for one of their delicious frozen lime margaritas. My husband had his usual go-to at any Mexican restaurant, the chicken fajita quesadillas, served with a side of guacamole salad, and they were fantastic.
We may have been in a hurry, but I made time stand still for this dessert!!! Feast your eyes on the Casa Grande Chimicheesecake!!! Oh my word, I promise you, it’s as delicious as it looks. This chimichanga is stuffed with cheesecake, fried, covered in cinnamon sugar (giving it churros vibes), and then drizzled in chocolate with a side of whip cream. It’s served warm and I savored every bite.