Whenever I dine at La Casa Jalisco Mexican restaurant in Streator, I marvel at the different crowds here, including groups of teens and tweens having lunch or dinner.
The restaurant lends itself to casual dining for two, as well as being a good place for families and groups of four or more. The menu is extensive, including a range of Tex-Mex items, so it’s hard to imagine anyone not finding something they like to eat.
Operating out of what used to be a Pizza Hut restaurant years ago, the restaurant has comfortable and spacious booths, giving diners a view of the outdoors. The dining destination is conveniently located in the heart of Streator, directly across from City Hall, making it an easy stop if you’re shopping downtown or attending events at City Park.
As in many Mexican restaurants, dinner begins with fries and salsa. La Casa Jalisco’s salsa is homemade and has a wonderful fresh taste, with good chunks of tomato and onion.
I ordered the pollo ranchero, which features thin slices of chicken breast in a red sauce. The starter was served with refried beans and rice. The sauce gets a positive note from me. It almost tasted like hot chicken wing sauce, and I would definitely order it again.
In a case where my eyes were bigger than my stomach, I also opted for a ground beef chimichanga. La Casa Jalisco’s chimichangas are terrific. They look like simplified fried burritos, filled with ground beef or pork and smothered in a cottage cheese sauce.
My dinner companion ordered his items a la carte. She chose a cheese enchilada and a pork tamale to go with a chimichanga.
The menu is quite broad as far as Tex-Mex cuisine is concerned. Burritos, enchiladas, tacos, chalupas, chili rellenos and chimichangas are just a few of the menu items. The restaurant also serves tostadas and fajitas, as well as a number of chicken and steak dinners.
The food is reasonably priced making it easy for young diners or large families to have a good meal. My dinner companion and I were able to stock up and have plenty of leftovers for less than $35 (before tip).
If you find yourself in the Streator area and crave classic Tex-Mex and Mexican fare, La Casa Jalisco is an appealing option.
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WHAT: Mexican restaurant La Casa Jalisco
WHERE: 101 E. Bridge Street, Streator
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