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What is Casa’s food philosophy?

We believe it’s ok to be indulgent. We like to be open-minded and try different things. We strive to make Mexican-style food, even though we can be excessively cheesy. But at least when we’re being cheesy, we use a variety of local, organic cheeses made from the milk of hormone and antibiotic-free, free-range cows and goats.

We are advocates of the Slow Food movement, making everything in-house and from scratch. We pride ourselves on those dishes that are lightly handled and simple, as well as the intricate flavors in recipes that make Casa what it is. Seasonality has always been our specialty.

We continue to network with as many producers of local, sustainable, and organic foods as we can in order to bolster our local economy, while at the same time keeping things affordable for our customers.

We strive to be as transparent as we can with our customers, to educate them as well as our own staff. Cheers to healthy and happy meals always!

I heard you serve all organic food. Is that true?

Although we strive to serve as much organic food as we can, we do not serve a 100% organic menu.

I’ve heard you serve only vegetarian & vegan foods. Is that true?

This is false! We do have a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan items available– in fact, most of our entrées can be made vegetarian or vegan easily. But that doesn’t mean we don’t serve tasty, amazing meats! We serve free-range ground beef from Dexter Run and Sunny Mead Farms, shredded chicken, pulled pork, sausage links, bacon, and chorizo from King Family Farm. We even get some delicious, sustainable seafood from EcoFish. And they are all super meaty, local, and sustainably raised for those of you who crave it (well, obviously not the seafood).

Do you have gluten-free options?

Yes, we have lots of gluten-free options! Nachos, dips, salads, tacos, and enchiladas are just a few of them. Look for the Gluten-Free symbol all-over our Menu! You can also email us at food@casanueva.com with any questions or for more specific details.

You have awesome soysage gravy! I hear it’s vegan. Is this true?

Oh, no, no, no, it’s definitely not true. While our soysage is indeed vegan, the gravy is anything but. It’s full of rich, certified chemical free butter from Hartzler Dairy’s free-range cows and luscious non-homogenized, rbST-free whole milk from Snowville Creamery. By all means, indulge if you are vegetarian or a meat-lover. And if you’re vegan, may we suggest trying our vegan cheese? It’s made in house with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, tahini, jalapeno and bell peppers, and more!

How do you deal with dietary restrictions?

If you have allergies or preferences, please let us know. Some of our foods may contain peanuts, wheat, dairy, etc. We keep a list handy of what’s in everything, so ask your server for it when you come in, or email food@casanueva.com with your questions. Please tell your server if you have an allergy, so he or she can alert the cooks to be extra careful with your order.

What is this “infused vodka”?

Vodka infusions are one of the more delicious ways to enjoy this spirit. Our Cantina Coordinator takes fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other ingredients (or curiosities, considering the bacon and bubblegum vodkas we’ve featured in the past) and steeps them in vodka until they are ripe and ready to be consumed. They are certainly tasty as a shot or on the rocks, but we recommend trying them in any of our signature drinks. Mmm! We are always looking for suggestions!

Do you sell your fabulous salsas in jars?

Yes! We have jarred our House Mild, House Hot, Roasted Red Pepper, and Roasted Pobalno Salsas. As well as our new Bloody Mary Mix.

You can find our jarred products in many local stores (like Kroger!) or stop in at the restaurant to pick up a jar. You can also purchase half or full pints of our FRESH salsas at Casa!

We know a lot of people outside Athens would love to get their hands on these salsas, too. So we are in the process of working with some regional distributors to get our salsas to you.

Do you take reservations?

We’re sorry, but we DO NOT take reservations. We’re a community place! We believe that anyone and everyone deserves the right to come in to enjoy our atmosphere. That being said, we do occasionally cordon off areas of the Cantina or Restaurant for special events.

Do you cater?

Sometimes. It depends on the size of the order, the time of the year, the day of the week…and other logistical considerations. If you would like us to cater an event, please email us at food@casanueva.com and let us know your situation. If we are unable to cater your event, we will let you know right away, so you can find a caterer that will better suit your needs.

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