Famed as a Kardashian hangout and low-key celebrity hot spot, this perennial Valley favorite for more than six decades serves filling Mexican-American combination plates that perfectly complement its generous margaritas. With its dark, clubby atmosphere, Casa Vega feels like a throwback to the 1950s. It has a classic bar with tuxedoed bartenders, comfy Naugahyde booths and old-school hospitality, serving made-to-order classic margaritas. The overstuffed bean-and-cheese burritos topped with more gooey Monterey Jack cheese and slathered in piquant Spanish sauce are as deeply soothing as comfort food gets. This is the truest definition of the proverbial fork-and-knife burrito. The fried halibut tacos topped with guacamole and shredded cabbage are a slightly healthier option. (In fact, over the years the extensive menu has been updated, with soy beef and a vegetarian enchilada sauce.) And the classic Vega combination — an enormous plate that includes mini chimichangas, quesadillas, chicken flautas and shredded beef taquitos, plus red avocado salsa, sour cream and fresh guacamole — is not only a veritable feast but also a definitive survey of the menu. You can order a full meal here until 1:30 a.m. It’s a fun time warp to a classic era when Dean Martin still headlined Las Vegas, the Rat Pack were at the height of their fame and a night out was composed of boozy margaritas and gargantuan No. 2 combination plates. —Kayvan Gabbay

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64 years ago, my father started Casa Vega. It became a place for our community to gather in the best and worst of times. A place for celebrations, reunions, drinks with friends, first dates, weddings and memorials. A place that our beloved customers have made their own. Never is our wildest dreams and worst nightmares, did we ever think we find ourselves unable to welcome our friends and family into our warm home for food, cocktails and comfort.

Casa Vega will be closed temporarily due to COVID-19. I don’t know if this is a few weeks, a month or longer. We are closely monitoring the situation. Once our government officials tell us it is safe to resume bar and restaurants dine-in operations, we will jump to action and open our doors.

My heart is completely broken writing this. I’ve worked every day at Casa Vega for the last 21 years. It is my passion and my love. The hardest part in all of this is knowing how hard this is on our employees, some who have been with us for over 45 years. The storm can’t last forever. The sun will shine again. Casa Vega will reopen. Margaritas will be flowing. I hope to see you back in Casa Vega once it’s safe to come back together. Stay healthy and safe.

With a broken heart,
Christina Vega

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