This dinner will PRECEDE the 8pm closing night show of the latest installment of the high camp "CHICO'S ANGELS" called "Pretty Chicas All In A Row."
Casita del Campo is a Silverlake institution, it was started originally by a former MGM male jazz dancer named Rudy del Campo who with his first wife Helen appeared in many popular MGM musicals in the 1950's. His last prominent movie role was in United Artists "West Side Story" in 1961. After retiring from their dance careers, Rudy and Helen decided to open up their own Mexican restaurant--which many Gays translate into "house of camp" though the actual translation of "campo" is "country"). Rudy later remarried a lady whom he had met while she was a waitress at the restaurant. Jono befriended Rudy's former wife Helen in 1980 when she was the switchboard operator (in the days before automated phone answering systems!) at the KCET public TV station's nearby studio on Sunset Blvd. (which was recently taken over by the Church of Scientology).
The food at Casita is decent, but not spectacular, but patrons don't go there for the food--they go for the longtime gay-friendly atmosphere and knock-you-on-your-donkey double margaritas (though you should probably specify at least Cuervo over their house tequila if you want to avoid a mean hangover).
Prices: Entrees hover in the $12-15 range, but you can find a few a la carte items under $10.
Parking: Unless you want to park around the block or some walking distance away, you are fairly much relegated to the restaurant's valet parking lot.