Casa Bonita is a massive mexican restaurant/dining experience located near downtown Denver. I spent the early years of my childhood in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, and dreamed of someday eating there.
Why? Because Casa Bonita promised to deliver an experience like no other, complete with indoor Acapulco cliff divers, fun stage shows, music and more! Over and over again I asked my parents if our family could eat there, and was reminded over and over again that the Johnston’s couldn’t afford such luxuries (We ate out about once a year, usually at Arby’s).
Last week I attended the Thursday night Broncos game in Denver with some friends. We arrived a day early so we could enjoy some time together, and the idea struck like a lightening bolt from Heaven: “Guys, we have to eat at Casa Bonita! It’s the most exciting restaurant in the entire world!” So we did. And it wasn’t. I was devastated. A childhood dream died a brutal death at the hands of horrific Mexican food, and the worst cliff diving show I’ve ever witnessed (Okay, it’s the only cliff diving show I’ve ever witnessed, but I’m confident there isn’t a worse one out there).
The Food: Cafeteria style grub that was about two tiers below Taco Bell.
The Cliff Divers: One high school student in board shorts doing a couple fairly basic dives from 15-foot cliffs.
The Entertainment: The same high school student free-styling skits with a female cohort; sometimes in an ape costume.
The Highlight: The same high school student trying to juggle flaming torches. Emphasis on TRYING. He sucked.
Two Takeaways For You Today:
1) Take a look at your youth ministry. In what areas do you over-promise, but under-deliver?
2) If you are ever in Denver, go to Casa Bonita. If you go expecting the cheesiest, most campy dining experience of your life, you won’t be disappointed.