La Costa Mexican Restaurant is located on NE Thurston Way in Vancouver, Washington.
I've been to La Costa before, but it was several years ago and one where I only watched a food challenge take place. La Costa years ago did a 6-pound (approximately) burrito challenge at limited times of the year. Set time limit and everything. They may have discontinued this challenge, although I can't confirm or deny that at this time.
La Costa is near Ross and Total Wine, and maybe a couple minutes (if even that) from the Vancouver Mall.
I came here with my mom on a chilly, yet sunny October day for lunch. The place was not packed, but not empty.
Like at many Mexican restaurants, free chips and salsa. But La Costa even throws in a free side of refried beans. All fresh and delicious.
Several margarita options here, and I went with their house signature margarita. For many people, a medium-sized version should be good enough. At least 16-20 oz here. Very well made.
Near our table was a salsa bar with a spicier salsa, cabbage pico, and pickled veggies. I could eat that cabbage pico every day, and basically devoured my helping before taking a photo. Silly panda.
Mom ordered the veggie enchiladas ($13.99) which had salsa verde on top and various veggies inside. Pinto beans on the side. Surprisingly tasty; never would have imagined.
I went with one of the usual dishes at a sit-down Mexican restaurant, Camarones a la Diabla ($19.99). Shrimp and veggies in a spicy red buttery sauce, with beans and Mexican rice. I went with their default option to see how spicy the baseline was. Not a lot of detectable heat for me, but I'm sure they will make it spicier if you request that.
My dish came with choice of corn or flour tortillas. I went with corn this time, but I prefer either one to make some delicious tacos.
Excellent service as usual, and healthy portions. Since a lot of Mexican food keeps well, it may be a good idea to fill up on some salsa and chips, then take a portion of your main course home to feast on later.
I had a wonderful experience at La Costa. Check them out! 8.5/10
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