After a day of hiking in one of the nearby national parks or before seeing a play at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, try La Casa Don Miguel in Cedar City, Utah. It’s not the only full-service Mexican restaurant in town, but it is arguably the best. City Weekly magazine, the Bible of Utah restaurant reviews, named La Casa Don Miguel “The Best South-of-the-Border Bite in Southern Utah” in 2012.
On the night we stopped into La Casa Don Miguel, the tiny restaurant was crowded. The evening was pleasant, so we requested a seat on the patio in back. We quickly found ourselves in a lopsided old booth in the way back. It wasn’t ideal, but when a better table opened up a few minutes later we asked if we could have it and the servers were happy to help us move.
One of the best things about this restaurant is its excellent homemade salsas, which are complimentary with every meal. Unlike most Mexican restaurants that only have one house salsa, La Casa Don Miguel has two. Red salsa, green salsa and bean dip were all served with chips soon after we were seated.
There is a children’s menu and our kids both ordered the cheese quesadilla with fries. It’s not what I wish they would eat, but that’s pretty much all I can get my children to eat at a Mexican restaurant. Maybe next time I’ll pack some apple slices and baby carrots in my purse. It wouldn’t be the first time.
My husband and I both ordered from the list of house specials. I chose enchiladas with white sauce and he ordered the chile combo platter, which included Chile Verde and Chile Colorado. The portions were huge and flavorful. Each plate was big enough to feed two people and it was the sort of meal I would have loved to save the leftovers from to eat for lunch the next day.
Our only complaint after our seating situation was improved was that the service was slow. It seemed that we waited an extra long time for our food. The kids’ meals were served first and they were nearly finished and wanting to wander (that never ends well) by the time the rest of our food arrived. I’m not sure if that is usual, but we weren’t in a hurry, and it wasn’t long enough to keep us from returning to this restaurant.
La Casa Don Miguel is located at 453 South Main Street. Our most expensive entree was less than $15. We visit Cedar City a few times each year and I look forward to giving La Casa Don Miguel another try.