For me, eating Mexican food is like having a one-night stand: I enjoy it while it’s happening, but I always regret it later. So I wasn’t planning on having Mexican food the other day when I was trying to decide what to have for a late lunch. In fact, I said to my stomach as it was shouting at me “No, you’re not eating any Mexican food, got it?!” But I happened to be right down the street from a place that I know has these amazing empanadas, and I before I knew it, I found myself parked right in front of Casa Escobar in Westlake Village. Normally, anything Mexican you’d see in Westlake would be a housemaid waiting at the bus stop, but there it is, smack dab in the middle of town, this fancy Mexican food restaurant where you’d never think one would be! Boy, those Westlake people sure are getting more cultural, which is fine with me as long as they don’t come to my part of town!
So like I said, I wasn’t planning on eating those golden fried packets of goodness, but I just couldn’t resist the thought of creamy, melted cheese swirled in between chunks of sweet carrots, zucchini and onions all wrapped up in flaky pastry dough! Their empanadas are all vegetable, which is great, but their online menu states that they have spinach in them, which they don’t. I think they should add it though, since it sounds delicious! Since I happened to be there during happy hour, I got an order of them for about five bucks, which is a great deal! You get two large empanadas topped with creamy avocado sauce, with sour cream and pico de gallo on the side. They also have three different types of this homemade salsa that they bring to the table with your basket of chips. The tangy green one is my favorite! That day, their chips tasted like they were fried in oil that was long past it’s prime though, so I didn’t eat many of them. Then I realized that the empanadas were probably fried in the same oil, so when I had a stomach ache later that night, I couldn’t tell if it was because of the oil, or my usual “regret-ache.”
The only drawback about this place is that it’s really dark inside (kinda like the club where I met my one-nighter) and if you want to get the happy hour deals, you have to sit in their bar area, which is a shame because they have an amazing patio! Well the place was practically empty and since it was such a beautiful day, I asked if I could sit outside and the manager was nice enough to let me, which I think was very smart of him since I happen to be quite stunning and could only attract more people!
I’ll be going back to Casa Escobar. I mean, it’s got a great patio and friendly service, I just won’t be going back any time too soon. I just can’t take the regret.
“Dear Mr. Goodbar,
I won’t be calling you because you just weren’t that memorable. Unlike the empanadas that kept coming back up on me all night… well, you didn’t.
Hasta la vista, baby!”
2809 Agoura Road
Westlake Village, CA