With mariachis, flame jugglers, lost caves and cowboy shootouts, who wouldn’t want to experience the Casa Bonita Mexican restaurant after presentations at NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference? Casa Bonita opened in Lakewood, Colorado in 1974 and gained its claim to fame when it was featured in a 2003 episode of the popular cartoon series South Park. In the episode, one of the main characters, Cartman, tries desperately to get invited to a friend’s birthday party at the restaurant. Cartman claims it’s his “most favorite place in the whole world,” and with good reason, too. Casa Bonita combines authentic Mexican cuisine with entertainment features such as live theatre, dancers, mariachi bands, an arcade, and a 30-foot man-made waterfall. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat-deluxe-dinner served with crispy tacos, enchiladas, Mexican rice, refried beans and honey-soaked sopaipillas while professional divers take a leap of faith into the lagoon below. At the end of the day, people come to Casa Bonita for the wacky experience more so than the food. You might even see a man in a gorilla suit running around.
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