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Lost in the Belhaven Triangle: La Cazuela Mexican

Back again with another installment of Lost in the Belhaven Triangle. This time, we venture in to Belhaven’s Mexican restaurant, La Cazuela Mexican Grill.

Ah, La Cazuela… you’ll have to forgive my ignorance, dear reader, but I do not know a great deal about the history or backstory of La Cazuela, AKA “La Caz.” All I can tell you is that this Mexican restaurant been there since at least 2005, when I first moved here, and that they have 2-for-1 margaritas on every day but Friday.

Admittedly, this is the feature of the restaurant that I’m most familiar with. On temperate days, the sprawling porch is a grand place to lose a couple of hours through the magical experience I like to call “tequila time travel.” But I had eaten there so often, I had begun to write off the entrées as “standard Mexican restaurant fare” offering nothing new and exciting. Not that there’s anything wrong with tacos, enchiladas, and chimichangas – there just wasn’t anything surprising. I’d order the same thing over and over, not realizing that I was swimming in circles. Also, tequila.

It had actually been some time since my last visit to La Caz. But the plastic coming down from the outdoor patio is one of the first signs of spring, so I found myself drawn back in. The restaurant seems to be in the midst of a facelift – it’s been repainted in earthier colors, and they’re in the process of swapping out the chairs with larger, comfier models. And along with the new décor touches, there were tempting new menu items. Of course, I tend to get more excited about new menu items than new chairs. Chairs are seldom delicious, despite what tequila might lead you to suspect on occasion.

Immediately, I gravitated toward the tacos. I’m a sucker for a good taco plate, and Jackson has a surprising amount of authentic taco joints, but that’s a whole ‘nother article. There were five new offerings on the taco menu alone , such as the Shrimp Brochetta Tacos, with shrimp, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado, and queso fresco and The Baja Fish Tacos, with corn tortillas filled with fried or grilled tilapia. But the one that jumped out at me were the Street Style Mini Tacos.

LaCazuela-MiniTacosWhen my food arrived, it was one of the nicer presentations I’ve had at La Caz. First things first, I should mention that I didn’t notice anything “mini” about these tacos. The three foil-wrapped, steamed soft corn tortillas filled with lightly spicy carne pastor (that’s “pork” for the novices) seemed standard size to me. Served alongside in four separate cups were fresh chopped cabbage, sliced avocado, sautéed onions, and jalapeño crema. Throw them all together to your liking, and you’ve got a great flavor combination that I haven’t found in any other taco restaurant around town.

I should mention that on my second excursion – and yes, the tacos were so good, I had to go have them twice – there was a bit of confusion with the dish. When it arrived, there was no chopped cabbage this time. Admittedly, the menu doesn’t list the cabbage as part of the entrée, so I don’t know if it was accidentally left off the second time, or accidentally gifted to me the first time, but I certainly missed it. Also, despite all of the time that I’ve spent there over the years, this visit was the first time that I encountered a real language barrier with my server. I tried asking about the cabbage, and instead got a to-go box. For some odd reason, it didn’t occur to me to just use my handy-dandy smartphone to look up the Spanish word for “cabbage.” And by some odd reason, I mean “tequila.”

Food: A range of Mexican restaurant fare, now with a few more fresh, innovative dishes.

Atmosphere: In flux at the moment, but the new décor is a step up, and the open air porch is ideal for summertime in Belhaven.

Service: The place is usually crowded, so it’s not the place to go when you’re in a hurry. But for a leisurely meal with friends, it’s fine.

La Cazuela Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon
La Cazuela Mexican Grill
1401 E Fortification St
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 353-3014
Price: $$

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66 Responses to Lost in the Belhaven Triangle: La Cazuela Mexican

  1. Lindsey April 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    This was one of my favorite places when I lived in Belhaven, great atmosphere and they have good guacamole too!

  2. Nick April 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Great place to eat!

  3. Erin April 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    La Caz is the best. So glad it’s still around!

  4. Laurence Mixson April 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Seriously my favorite Mexican place in all of Jackson,

  5. Sharon April 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Pork dishes are my fave at Mexican spots. Have to give this spot a try again – sound great!

  6. Tonya O. April 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Great restuarant! My Spanish teacher took our class there to eat when I was a senior at Murrah (c/o 2004). We had a great time! We requested that the mariachi band sing “Cielito Lindo” (a song we learned in class). They performed it while we provided background vocals! It was awesome! I’ve been many times since and am never disappointed.

  7. Laura April 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Haven’t eaten here in a while, but this place was always one of my favorites.

  8. Allen April 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    One of the three best places to eat, in this area of Jackson. The porch/deck is awesome!

  9. Bob Wilosn April 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    It’s been a long time but it sounds like I’m missing something good. When Fortification gets finished and the overlay district in place, La Caz will have a lot of company.

  10. Carpenter Stevens April 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Love the food!!

  11. Martin April 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    I’ve just never been a huge fan of La Caz’s food, I do enjoy drinking margs on their porch though.

  12. Amelia April 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Love it!!!

  13. msu_scrappy April 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    La Caz is definitely not lost to Belhaven folks. The place is definitely popular for its porch and 2-for-1 margaritas happy hours from 5 to 8 mon-thur. Personally, I love there quesadillas and they are pretty huge and I like to eat a lot.

  14. David April 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I haven’t been there yet, but I plan on going. Looks delicious.

  15. Stephen April 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    My idea of a perfect Spring Saturday afternoon involves the patio/deck at La Caz and a steady supply of Texas Margaritas!

  16. Virginia April 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    La Caz is definitely my favorite of the Garcia family restaurants!

  17. Betsy April 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Love their chicken fajitas

  18. Cheryl LaRoche April 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    I love good Mexican. I just wish I could have a margarita with lunch! Unfortunately, I don’t think my boss would like that.

  19. Eli April 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Always a good choice.

  20. Albert Sykes April 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    That porch is definitely the place to be.

  21. Mary Alice April 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I haven’t been there in ages. Must go back and try some of the new tacos!

  22. Tyler Butts April 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Good food

  23. Chloe April 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    My favorite is the shrimp taco

  24. Amile WIlson April 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    So much food for the price at lunch!! Love it!

  25. Chloe April 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Sorry let me correct my last comment, my favorite is the shrimp bruschetta taco and Mexican guacamole yummy

  26. Caroline April 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Great place to go on Sunday to sit on the porch and have a margarita!

  27. LC Horlings April 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Proud of the neighborhood restaurant!!

  28. Jonathan April 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Mmm sounds delicious!

  29. Leslie April 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Since moving to Jackson a few years back, my husband & I have had a hard time finding a Mexican restaurant that offers more than the “I’ll have a number 5″ menu. Maybe we should give this one another try now that there’s more menu options.

  30. Liz April 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    I love la caz!

  31. Kamace April 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    I love MexicN cuisine. I am going to have to check this place out!

  32. Dixieduster April 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Great Place to Eat..

  33. Marissa April 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Love La Caz! Great atmosphere and great food/drinks. Thanks, EATJXN!

  34. Jason April 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Great food. HUGE portions and some great salsa!

  35. Jim April 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this place looks delicious!

  36. Laura April 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    I love sitting out on the porch with friends and a margarita. Will have to try the new menu items next time I go!

  37. Christina April 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Everytime I read another one of these lost in Belhaven articles, I want to get lost in Belhaven! Thanks for the update on the new menu items!

  38. Elysa Mac April 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    The missionaries that live here with our family at We Will Go Ministries LOVES this restaurant. Not just great food but great people!

  39. Claire April 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Good place to eat. I got a shrimp dish there once and it would have lasted me four meals!

  40. Julie April 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Eating La Caz on the patio at happy hour every Wednesday is one of my favorite college memories!

  41. Kristen Taylor April 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Love a good patio and a good margarita!

  42. Brandie April 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Havent been here in a while, but looks like I need to go back.

  43. Niki April 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I miss this place!! Love it, especially out on the patio!

  44. azileretsis April 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    love mexican!

  45. Tim Tolleson April 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    La Cazuela is a great place to eat!! And, we can’t wait to try the winning burger at Babalu!!!
    Thanks for always making Friday’s so exciting!!

  46. Jeff B. April 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    I have never been here. Always forget about this place. May have to look it up one day.

  47. Allison April 26, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Love La Caz!! Always makes for a fun, relaxing night with friends!

  48. Scott April 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    I have always been a big fan of La Caz!!

  49. Beth April 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    This looks great, I want to try it. Free Babalu’s wouldn’t be bad either!

  50. Coleen April 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    I ordered the street tacos last week… Some of the best in jackson …/ wished they would top it off with an advacado and extra lime…..hmmm I will ask about it next time

  51. Dustin April 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    Outdoor area is the best around

  52. Kenya April 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    By far my favorite Mexican in metro jackson

  53. Jake April 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    As a Belhaven native, La Cazuelas is my go to.

  54. Michelle April 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    It’s been awhile since I’ve eaten at La Caz. I need to get back there soon – may have to try those mini tacos!

  55. Christen April 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    Love that there’s a Mexican restaurant for the downtown lunch crowd. It’s always packed though, so maybe we need 2!

  56. Anna April 27, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    My friends and I love to have a relaxing dinner on the porch!

  57. Hollie April 27, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Always good food and a good time! Love Saul!!

  58. Betsie MacLellan April 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I love La Caz! Even though I live right up the road from it, I’ve only been there once. But the service was great and the food was even better!

  59. Lauren April 30, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    I love La Caz! One of my best girlfriends moved to Austin, the land of good Mex, and she still comes back to La Caz when she’s in town. Great margaritas and good quality food.

  60. Joel May 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    The Chicken Fajita Nachos appetizer is big enough for two. Great bargain.

  61. CHEF MBC May 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    LOOKS LIKE MY KIND OF LUNCH

  62. Mary May 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Love the porch at La Caz! Always a good spot to meet up with friends for a fun dinner or happy hour!

  63. Kim Brown May 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Enchiladas verde are the best!

  64. Carole King May 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Love La Caz! If I don’t have time to stay and eat (and drink!), I often drop by and pick up a to-go order of their delish chicken chimichangas! :)

  65. Joe Cole May 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Gotta try this one.

  66. Alex May 6, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Always a cool go-to for a relaxed atmosphere and good food!

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