Casa Vieja

Casa Vieja is a colombian restaurant that is somewhat off Buford Highway, but it’s pretty darn close, being on Shallowford Road, just a half-mile north of the intersection with Buford Highway.

My coworker, Ty, had been here years ago and loved it, so a group of us from the office made the trek out to BuHi to give it a try. There were four of us – Teck, Ty, Jaimyn, and myself.

Casa Vieja, Colombian Restaurant just off of Buford Highway

The Sacred Heart at Casa ViejaThe inside of this restaurant is done up like a town center, with a cantina, a hospital, a tax center, and other “buildings” around the edges of the dining area. We sat near to what I think may have been a church, what with the sacred heart, that may serve as a stage for live music on the weekends. We were also near the entrance to the tax building (which incidentally, is a real door that does really lead to the tax preparation place next door).

The chairs and walls are brightly painted, and the tables have nice tiles.

Our waitress did not speaking english overly well, and our spanish was all pretty terrible, but she was very patient with us and helped us select the right dishes. She talked me down from the full bandeja paisa, which was a very good thing, because the mini bandeja paisa was HUGE.

Casa Vieja interior

Casa Vieja

Our table.

We all split two beef empanadas, and I split the mini bandeja paisa (skirt steak) with Teck, who split his chuleta valluna (pork cutlet) with me. Both dishes were amazing and huge, too! I can’t imagine how big the full bandeja paisa must be! Everything was very tasty. I especially enjoyed the pork cutlet with the red hot sauce our waitress brought us. The skirt steak tasted quite good with the fresh tomatillo sauce on the table as well.

Beef empanada

Beef empanada ($1.50).

Mini Bandeja Paisa

Mini bandeja paisa ($8.25).

Chuleta valluna

Chuleta valluna ($9.10).

Casa Vieja – Pechuga de pollo

Ty’s Pechuga de pollo.

More atmosphere at the cantina in Casa Vieja

More atmosphere at the cantina in Casa Vieja.

Everyone seemed to enjoy their food, though later Jaimyn mentioned that he wasn’t a fan of the food. I guess I was too busy stuffing my face to notice. He also felt like the restaurant was dirty, though the rest of us didn’t really feel that way, truth be told.

Fun atmosphere, amazing portion sizes, and great pricing. 3.5 stars.

Casa Vieja
3652 Shallowford Road NE
Doraville, GA 30340

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7 thoughts on “Casa Vieja

    • I think so! Do should definitely swing by sometime. I also want to try the indonesian place that I mentioned to you – it is in the same shopping center.

  1. Does the empanada have raisins in it? I hate it when the things are booby trapped with raisins.

  2. Right on, it’s a 3.5 star.
    Did you guys notice the place right next door, “Las Americas”? That is a place worth trying. Colombians love empanadas, cheese breads (pan de bono), arepas (yellow and white). This place cranks out all these goodies. If you are there at the right time (lunch time is good), there is nothing as delicious as a hot from the oven pan de bono or a yellow arepa fresh from the grill.
    I give it 4 stars, so I think it’s better than Casa Vieja, except they don’t have the big meals like bandeja, etc.

    • No! And I can’t believe I missed something that wonderful. I’m gutted. I only saw the tax preparation place and La Sultana. Plus, I was just at Batavia this weekend, so I was right there again! I’ll have to swing by especially for that now.

      Thanks for the tip!

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