Mexican food is my favorite kind. I love everything about it – from warm queso with spicy chorizo to a sizzling plate of beef fajitas accompanied by live mariachi music. (Well, I guess those aren’t so far off from each other…) I love it all.
I am pretty well-versed with regard to Atlanta’s Mexican cuisine + frequent many local Mex restaurants, but I rarely go to Rosa Mexicano.
When it first opened, I was there all the time guzzling down their signature pomegranate margaritas, but as Atlantic Station started to grow, I lost interest. The food was consistently good + the drinks were always well-made, don’t get me wrong, I just really got over the initial excitement.
Well, it’s back – big time. Slick and I went with his family this weekend, who were all in town from JAX. We hadn’t intended on eating at Rosa Mexicano, but close to dinner time the JAX crew decided to check out our H&M (since they don’t have one) + it just made sense to eat nearby.
When I think of Rosa, the first thing that comes to mind is their Tableside Guacamole - which out of towners love and is always fun to watch (+ delicious, I might add). We ordered up some of that to share + went to TOWN.
For an additional starter, we selected the Flautas de Pollo: three rolled crispy chicken tacos topped with salsa pasilla de Oaxaca, salsa verde, queso fresco + crema. They were so incredibly delicious, we all wished we’d ordered more!
I was starting to get full + wasn’t in the mood to completely stuff myself, so I opted for Rosa’s Tortilla Soup for my entree: pasilla chile soup with grilled chicken, avocado, shredded cheese, crema + crispy tortilla chips. Slick was initially pretty disappointed with my uncharacteristically anti-climactic order, but quickly changed his mind when he took a bite. It’s was SO good! Whether you order it as your entree or to accompany something a bit more substantial, you are guaranteed to enjoy it! It’s light (broth based – not cream), but filling, and was seriously YUM.
Everyone else ordered larger entrees which looked + smelled wonderful. I heard a bunch of forks scraping plates towards the end of the meal…
During dinner, I sipped on a margarita (which they make v. strong), but I must tell you that one of my favorite Mexican drinks is featured on their menu: A Michelada. You NEED to try it – especially sitting on their patio on a sunny day! It’s a Mexican beer cocktail with Tecate, fresh lime juice + spices served over ice in a glass with a salted rim. I was very pleased to see it on their menu.
Slick’s family loved the restaurant + commented on how hip they thought the atmosphere was and how excellent the service was that we received.
While I was leaving the restaurant, I felt a bit remorseful for neglecting it for so long. The food is exceptional (albeit pricey for Mexican – and I’m not always in the mood for “black tie Mex”) + I always leave very pleased. I really do like this place! I’m so glad I rediscovered Rosa, and I definitely plan to be back soon.
For Men: Drinks + appetizers at Rosa followed by a movie at the Regal theatre across the street makes for a great date!
P.S. Don’t forget about Rosa’s super-fun I Rocked the Guac cooking challenge event! It’s still one of my favorites + Rosa is great to work with for corporate + social events.
245 18th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30363
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