Somethings never change.
And, sometimes that is a good thing.
Casa Bonita in Denver is one of those things. Since I was a child Casa Bonita has been the choice of “where do you want to go for your birthday?” And, it was the place we took out-of-state relatives from the East Coast who were visiting our newly adopted city.
So, keeping with tradition of taking the out-of-towners, the Grandparents invited us to go there for dinner. My brother Tim joined us as well as two other nephews.
Sometimes memory places a funny trick on you. A place seems larger in memory or more fun. . .but Casa Bonita was exactly how I remember it!
It is what is inside the restaurant that is so cool and worth the visit. The place is set up like a Mexican village at night with “adobe” walls and “buildings, lit palm trees, dimly lit caves. . .and cliff divers!
The center piece of the restaurant is a 30+ foot waterfall that spews into a small (but deep) pool and every 15 minutes or so a diver (sometimes as part of a storyline such as the trainer trying to catch the escaped gorilla) jumps from the cliff.
Now, a disclaimer here. When you are from San Antonio, the Mexican fast food fare of Casa Bonita will hardly hold a candle to even the most mediocre of the River Walk touristy establishments. But you seriously don’t go to Casa Bonita for the food. . .well, maybe the unlimited sopapias drenched in honey.
The whole place is fun and other-worldly and leaves the kids absolutely memorized–and sticky with honey.
I think everyone in our group was slightly surprised that none of mine ended up in the water
But, then again. . .there was that fountain right outside the restaurant as we were leaving. . .