SHERMAN OAKS (CBS) — It has been a Sherman Oaks institution for over 55 years where family traditions are at the heart of every meal.

Casa Vega, 13301 Ventura Blvd., is a family owned restaurant featuring generations-old Vega recipes of delicious traditional Mexican cuisine. The famous San Fernando Valley eatery opened its doors in 1956.

Casa Vega is open seven days a week until 2 a.m. For more on the eatery, visit Casa Vega online.

Tortilla Soup

2 oz canola oil

1/2 cup white onion

1 tbsp chile paste

1/2 tsp cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano and salt

1/4 tsp white pepper

2 cups diced, grilled chicken breast

1 cup tomato sauce

1 liter water

1/2 c chicken broth

1 avocado- large diced

Tortilla chips or strips

Crumbled cotija cheese

— heat oil. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add chile paste and spices. Toss in diced chicken and tomato sauce. Next pour in water and chicken broth. Top with diced avocado, tortilla strips and cotija cheese.


3 avocados

1/2 c white onion

1/2 c diced tomatoes

1 jalapeño

1/2 tsp salt

Squeeze of lime juice

Cilantro to taste

Peel, pit and mash avocado. Add salt and mash a little more. Next add onion, tomato, jalapeño, lime juice and cilantro. Mix well.

Tortilla Chips

Canola oil

12 Corn tortillas cut into 4’s

Add oil in large frying pan so that it is 1/2″ high. Bring to a boil. Add in tortillas and fry until lightly golden. Drain on paper towels

Comments (11)
  1. Cougo says:

    “On a Dime”??? This poace is NOT cheap and the wait is very long, 45 minutes is not unusual. Cramped seating with people seated right in your face.
    Really good food not cheap and I wonder who put this as “NEWS”,it is an obvious ad.

    1. djy says:

      So true! Casa Vega is one of the most expensive places for mexican-american food. And the food is not that good.

  2. Ene says:

    I went there once and i never went back. It was so dark in there, I couldn’t see my food. Because it was so dark in there and because it was so crowded in the entrance, i was afraid of being assaulted. Worse yet, I wouldn’t be able to identify my assaulter. The food was just ok. For safety reasons, i don’t recommend.

    1. mj says:

      Afraid of being assaulted while waiting in line for dinner at a crowded restaurant?? You might want to stop watching so much TV.

  3. Charlie Sheen says:

    exactly everything the other two said. so crowded and you have to wait over an hour to get seated. then when you sit you wait another 30 minutes for the food. NOT CHEAP at all. Dinner for two would cost around $80 and it is extremely loud in this place. You cannot hear anything as everyone is so loud. Even getting seating is a pain cause you need to walk through the bar area where your packed like sardines. Horrible place to take a date cause you wouldn’t be able to hear anything. when you finally get out you cannot hear anything cause it feels like you just came out of a concert.
    Overall, food ok, not cheap, too loud, too crowded, long wait, ugly hostesses.
    RECOMMENDATION: go somewhere else.

  4. Craig says:

    Many locals drink at the bar and then drive home blasted drunk. At one time Baja fresh had better taquitos then Casa Vega.
    They kept it dark in there because If you ever saw what it looks like when they had the lights on you would be really disgusted.

  5. In Simi Valley says:

    The food is disgusting and expensive. I wonder how this place stays in business.

  6. Valley Res says:

    Casa Vega is the best mexican food in LA! Funny that people complain about the wait – why do you think it’s always so busy!? The atmosphere is unique, the food is outstanding and the employees are excellent as many of them have been there as long as I can remember. Keep it up Casa Vega!

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