I visited Casa Fiesta located in Sandusky, Ohio on October 7, 2011. The first thing that I noticed as we pulled up was the bright paint on the outside of the building. We were immediately greeted by Carlos, with a warm smile. Also, the atmosphere was very upbeat. There was loud music playing that sounded like music that would play at a Mexican Fiesta. The noise level was much louder than your average restaurant.
It felt very homely and welcoming. The booths were oversized and comfortable, like you were in someone’s house. There were large framed posters on the wall and every inch of the restaurant seemed to have bright colors.
The portions were very generous and the food came out fast. From hearing the way they communicated in Spanish in the kitchen, it sounded like teamwork was necessary and everyone had a job. We went during lunch and there were two servers who communicated in Spanish and helped each other out.
Most of the decorations look like they were directly from Mexico and didn’t look Americanized or cheesy like some restaurants. Even the Cholula hot sauce at the table was Mexican. I tried chile verde which I’ve never had before. The food tasted very fresh and it was defiantly homemade. They also offered authentic Mexican soda.
While we ate, someone at another table commented on how homely the restaurant felt and how welcoming the staff was and I agreed.
I noticed that the servers were very attentive, almost like we were in their home and they really cared about us enjoying our meal. Visiting an authentic, home-style restaurant will be useful to me as a social worker because now I have a better understanding of how family oriented the Mexican culture is. I noticed that the employees were are all very nice but they still spoke in their native language. I think it’s important to know that sometimes people communicate in their native language because it’s easier than using English and because they may want to talk back and forth without everyone knowing...