Casa Ocho Putting Mexican Avocado Toast on the Map

This Farmers Market Business is Growing, One Chilaquiles Torta at a Time
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Born during the pandemic, Casa Ocho specializes in Mexican Avocado Toast and other creative Mexican dishes. You may have seen them around the local Farmers Market scene. The business has secured a commercial kitchen space that will help further grow their brand and extend their reach.

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The name Casa Ocho derives from Owners Christian Casas and Ana Ochoa’s last names. “The whole idea of Casa Ocho started during the pandemic. The restaurant idea came about, after being furloughed from our jobs, we wanted to get something going,” Casas tells What Now San Diego.

Their main attractions include two styles of avocado toasts: the OG and the Primo. Their OG Mexican-style toast is topped with soy-based chorizo, cotija cheese, chili flakes and other spices on fresh avocado. The Primo, aka OG’s cousin, is their take on Mexican Molletes with refried beans, monterey jack cheese, and avocado on toasted Mexican white bread. 

They’re not only betting big on Avocado Toasts. Casas and Ochoa continue to dream up new menu items and offer a variety of vegetarian options for customers. “After a great response, we wanted to find more creative things to attract people and increase sales,” shares Casas. In comes the Chilaquiles Torta, which is now their most popular menu item. It features vegetarian refried beans, Chilaquiles Rojo, soy-chorizo, monterey jack cheese, avocado, and homemade chipotle mayo in toasty golden torta bread. 

“Everything we do is vegetarian. It’s an attention grabber. Mexican food that’s really flavorful but doesn’t use products that harm animals,” explains Casas. 

Casa Ocho currently serves at Oceanside’s Morning and Sunset Farmers Markets on Thursdays. On Sundays, you’ll find Casa Ocho at the La Jolla Open Aire Market. Casas and Ochoa are still keeping the idea of a restaurant in their future as they continue to grow in the local Market and public-facing events. You’ll soon find them at Holiday Markets in December like the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.  

While their focus is currently on growing awareness of their Market service, a brick and mortar spot for Casa Ocho is still on their wish list for the future. The team will soon be available for Catering services, and as always, they’ll be serving up new kitchen creations along the way. Get to know Casa Ocho and find their Schedule on Facebook and Instagram

Jeannine Boisse

Jeannine Boisse (she/her) is a What Now Media Group staff reporter with a background in Radio & Television. Based in San Diego, you can usually find her exploring local breweries, trying new recipes, and listening to podcasts.
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