A couple joints in Prague for student friendly meals...
La Casa Blů
Address : Kozí 857/15, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia, www.lacasablu.cz Phone : +420 224 818 270
In a city starved for one bloody REAL Latin restaurant worth it’s weight in guacamole, the closest thing we’ve manage to uncover (besides burritos on the go joint Burrito Loco) is this quaint cozy & dive called La Casa Blu.
And on this month’s quest to find a replacement for SoCal burritos as big as your head, we found something offering much more than some grease pit to fill the gaps our unhealthy, bloated, swine eating habits we left us withs. We found a place that, despite the suspicious lack of Latinos working behind the counter (0), which carries it’s own weight in this village. It’s exactly the sort of place you’d definitely come back too.
Hidden away from the vultures circling about in Stare Město, it’s part of the proud group of hidden treasures in the area that remain populated by 90% Czechs during anytime in the day or evening. The solid decor (an eclectic mix of photo exhibitions on life in Cuba, to various stolen road signs from Spain to Brazil), coupled with a fringe version of Latin sound explosions churning out of the speakers, sending generally good vibes in all directions. The staff is reasonably prompt and actual seems to enjoy what they’re doing, thus the service is well above the average dealt with in the city.
Entrees, while not exactly cheap, aren’t typically expensive either. Tacos, Burritos and Fajitas all fare in the 160-225 range, which isn’t too bad considering the area. The quality teeters back and forth from average (Tacos) to great (Enchiladas). After having a bit of everything, the big score lays in their Chilli. Home-made with an overload of fresh veggies, spices and potatoes, this 58Kč filler is definitely worthy as taste which should come your way as much as possible.
The specials are pretty solid too, but are typically light variants of the regular menu. Veggie options are available, but nothing seems particularly geared toward one with that preference; but over all it should suffice.
The real Grail hidden within La Casa Blu is not buried between the two pages stuck together with dried tobasco sauce, but found on the banner hung from the ceiling.
I speak of the listing which is their student menu. Monday to Friday, from 11am to 2pm, one can choose the daily meal which offers a small beer for a trivial price. La Casa Blue is pretty much a find that shouldn’t be missed next time one is in the area. — Jeffree Benet
2 Locations: Bohemia Bagel Lázeňská 19, +420 257 218 192 Opens at 7:30 AM. Bohemia Bagel Bar & Grill - Holešovice Dukelských Hrdinů 906/48, +420 220 806 541 Opens at 10:00 AM. www.bohemiabagel.cz
Yes, yes. Everyone and their mother (and their aunt’s uncles and cousins) knows about the world famous Bohemia Bagels. It’s so famous in fact, that it’s become somewhat more of an institution than a restaurant. But just a while ago, they went and completely revamped their menu! Rolling out some oldies and bringing in a slew of tasty new meals to enhance your bagel, or non-bagel experience.
A wide selection of wraps, Sesame humus delight, many bagel types, many sandwiches (try the Turkey Club!) and a slew of other new assorted flavors and sizes, the Bagel continues to do what it has done for the past few years of it’s existence, which is make food so good that you just can’t help but come back again and again.
Trust me, I’m there every morning, and I keep seeing the same people there every day. And it’s a damned good thing too because they do it oh so well. Just about everything on the menu now is able to pretty much to curb whatever hunger you garner, providing that it’s a bagel you’re looking for. But if not, their new wraps and hummus should pretty much do the trick.
The specials have shifted for a bit but it has opened more of a unique selection of menu items. Check out their Wake & Bake Breakfast Special, any egg sandwich with filter coffee, tea, juice or .2l Coca-Cola, for the kick to carry your cheap ass into the day. The prices have stayed pretty much the same so don’t be wary of bringing the phat tourist account for the spoils. No need. Fair prices, good bagels and then some. If you haven’t been yet, get your butt out from under the rock and go. — Justin H Salem