Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Casa Bonita

In the midst of the mini-family reunion last week, my lovely mother-in-law Julia took the whole clan to Casa Bonita for dinner. Casa Bonita is something of a Denver Institution. The food is not worth mentioning, but I can't think of a more fun place to bring your children. Oscar was entranced.

I think their menu design is charming.

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Blogger Ginger said...

Gasp!!! I love that place! I'm from Wyoming, and we would always drive down to Denver and stay overnight for our temple trips. This restaurant was somewhat of a tradition. Very fun---especially if you're a kid.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 5:04:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous nole @ oh so beautiful paper said...

That menu is fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 5:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Melanie said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVED that place as a child! the food isn't fabulous, but the sopapillas are awesome!

the cliff divers always amazed me!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 5:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger That's Ms. Amy to You... said...

Wow - I haven't thought about Casa Bonita since high school. It was an EVENT for us to caravan to Denver and eat lunch or dinner there. Thanks for the memory!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 7:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger 100 Percent Cottam said...

one of my FAVORITES! we always visit when we're in denver - i've been every year or 2 since i was a little girl. and taking my own children there now is so much fun!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 7:42:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lisa Turner said...

Oh my, do my kids love Casa Bonita! Going there is such a treat for them. You are right-the food is awful. But you can't beat that entertainment!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ~shari~ said...

OOOOOH! I love Casa Bonita! I remember running through the caves and getting scared by the gorilla/monster face that appears behind a screen. And yes, their sopapillas are delish!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 10:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Courtney said...

Casa Bonita! Such happy memories from my childhood.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 10:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Natalie said...

Agreed, food is definitely NOT worth mentioning. And it sucks that you can't share a plate... But definitely entertaining.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 10:41:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Daily Gnome said...

Do they still have the flags on the table that you raise to get more sopapillas?

Grew up going there all the time when I lived in Denver. Found it AMAZING when I was six.

Returned on a road trip while passing through after college. Talked it up to everyone as the Best Place on Earth. They mocked me :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 1:12:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

I used to work at the cancer center that was directly behind that place. DYE-rectly. As in, I knew when they were chopping onions. Gag.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 1:30:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Ali Rockwell said...

I have heard so many good things about this place. We're on our way to Denver next month and I'm sure we'll make a trip here. I'm excited!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 8:14:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Janika said...

I too had forgotten all about Casa Bonita! My cousins lived in Denver when we were little and whenever we visited we ate there. I loved exploring the caves, being scared by the gorilla and watching the divers. I don't remember much about the food, except that the sopapillas were fabulous. All this makes me want to visit Denver again!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 9:35:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Bri said...

I think the whole place is charming! For whatever reason, I totally love it. True story: I spent my honeymoon there (sort of).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 10:47:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous michelle said...

Gosh, can you believe I've been in Denver for over 5 years and have yet to make it there! I really need to take my 4 year old son. I think he would love it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 11:07:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Meghan said...

we went there for a birthday and my son spent the whole time under the table b/c he was scared of the guns...hilarious! sopapillas are the best!

have you been to beau jos in idaho springs yet? we like to go on the train in georgetown and then stop for pizza on the way back...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 11:16:00 AM EDT  
Blogger sara said...

You're a local Colorado girl now; going to Casa Bonita makes it official!

We should meet up there this summer... and eat somewhere else beforehand!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 2:00:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous trimoon said...

Oh how i miss Casa Bonita! and the sopapillas...*sigh*.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 2:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jomama said...

aw, you're so lucky! i miss casa bonita so much! the cliff divers, the cave behind the waterfall, the sopapillas, and whoever mentioned the little flags to alert your waiter that you wanted more sopapillas, those were magic!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 4:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger cally said...

Oh my gosh, thank you for mentioning Casa Bonita. Total childhood memories. I was always too afraid to go through BadBart's cave by myself. And the creepy face in the wishing well. And I was so excited to be old enough to go upstairs to the SkeeBall by myself.

I can't stop. The diving gorilla, the mariachi guys. The glowing necklaces. Oh thankyou.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 10:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger J.J. Killins said...

oh gosh as SOON as i saw "daring cliff divers" i KNEW you were talking about casa bonita. we went as kids on EVERY trip to denver, so of course when my husband and i were dating (he went to the AF Academy), i HAD to have him take me. holy jeez is the food awful. but boy is it fun and i would LOVE to take our kids! sopaipillas forever!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 11:21:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous stumptownmom said...

Oh - the memories! I'm from Wyoming too and we went there for school trips and just about any time we were in Denver. The cliff divers are the best!! Also loved the caricature artists and dark caves and all around fun.
But the assembly line food is really yucky. Worth going for all the other reasons though.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 4:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger L & H & Q & E said...

I LOVED that place as a child! I still have rather specific and very fond memories of all the times we went. Makes me want to be 10 again.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 5:02:00 PM EDT  

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