In the late 50s, Marlon Brando and Cary Grant used to leave the studio after a day of filming and step into Casa Vega for authentic Mexican food and delicious margaritas. Located on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, now you will find Ryan Seacrest and the Kardashian family slipping inside to nibble on chunky guacamole with warm chips and a skinny margarita with Partida tequila with fresh lime and agave nectar.
Rafael “Ray” Vega opened Casa Vega in 1956. His mother worked as the original hostess and his father was the bartender. His parents had operated Café Caliente on Olvera Street.
Ray’s daughter, Christina Vega Fowler, now runs the restaurant. In 2010, the Bravo television show, “Flipping Out” did a makeover on this landmark. Many of the regular customers begged Christina not to take down the original artwork. They liked the kitschy decorations from Olvera St. Other guests insisted she keep the interior dark and cozy inside. Regulars such as Heather Locklear, Mark Walberg and Avril Lavine like to sit in a dark corner booth with their family and friends. Christina did allow the Bravo show to update the exterior of the entrance and hostess/waiting area. The one story white exterior with arches and red tile roof remain.
She continues to offer the tried and true dishes that the loyal fans adore, and has included some healthier options. There is no lard or MSG used in any dish. She orders cage-free chickens, natural Angus beef and Maine lobster. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced with all the suppliers from California and the West Coast.
Christina has incorporated more salads and vegetarian options on the menu. Unless you have severe dietary restrictions, you will find something tasty to enjoy at Casa Vega.
To finish reading my review, click on http://parklabreanewsbeverlypress.com/news/2012/08/casa-vega-serving-authentic-mexican-food-in-the-valley-since-1956/. Courtesy of The Beverly Press/Park LaBrea News. Published 8/16/12.