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Downtown's CASA Gets a New Chef, New Menu

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We last checked in at Downtown's upscale taqueria CASA not long after it first opened, and had the chance to taste the menu items as guided by departing chef Kris Morningstar, who was soon off to open Mercantile, and later, District.

Things have hummed along for the "homey" but more high-end Mexican restaurant, but changes have been afoot, and they've now got Chef Alex Moreno in the kitchen, and some new menu items to show off. Moreno, an LA-native, is a real rock-n-roll chef; after cutting his teeth at local fine-dining bastions like Melisse, Jiraffe, Spago and Bastide, his next gig was as the road chef for Van Halen. He paused in San Francisco to help open Tres Agaves, a modern Mexican restaurant. Now he's back in Los Angeles, and shaking things up at CASA.