Rosie's

 

To put it in a nutshell, Rosie's has all the essentials: it's got a great open atmosphere, a creative, yet classic Mexican menu, and churros that made me collapse.

Now, I don't go on dates much, but I will tell you that this place screams "great date spot!!!" It's not too casual or upscale, there are cute tapas to share, there are seats at a centrally located island bar for those who don't want to commit to a table, and there are tequila drinks that will make you take your clothes off (if the date goes well). It's also just a great place for happy hour or a nice relaxed lunch, but since people are always asking me for good date spots, I thought I would throw that out there.

Rosie's atmosphere was the first thing that caught my eye. It's open, fun, trendy and inviting. Then, I took a look at the menu, which consists of a slew of Mexican dishes with tons of flavors -- some I had never heard of. Needless to say, my interested was piqued, and that's how I ended up taking myself on an eating adventure at Rosie's. 

Of course we started with chips and guac, but here's the rest of the roundup.

Chicharron de Queso

Cheese crisps & peanut pumpkin seed salsa

A tasty vegetarian-friendly take on the usual pork-skin chicharrones. Instead of pork-skin, these are thin cheese crisp crackers *swoon* with a richly flavored peanut pumpkin seed chili oil salsa. There is so much flavor packed into this that I would recommend ordering it as a starter with a large group. A few orgasmic bites are all you need.

Uchepos

fresh corn, charred poblano chiles, panela cheese

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Cheesy corn pudding. Nothing else to really say....except get it before the weather gets too cold.

Tacos Pescado

Beer-battered cod, cabbage jalapeƱo slaw, chipotle-lime mayonesa

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Tacos Hongos 

Mushroom, poblano rajas, pasilla chile 

Enchiladas de Mole Poblano

Mole, chicken, lettuce, queso fresco

According to the menu, this mole is "chocolatey" and "aromatic." I definitely agree. The mole has a very strong flavor, but when mixed with the lettuce and queso fresco, it begins to balance.

Tlacoyo

Stuffed masa cakes

So, this is a corn masa cake, which I think is a seasonal item. It was stuffed with corn and topped with radish, crema and queso cotija. The menu now has a fava bean masa cake, which I'm assuming is pretty similar except with an addition of lava beans, hoja santa and nopales. 

Churros

with a stone-ground oaxacan chocolate dipping sauce

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These are ACTUALLY the best churros I've ever had. They have such a gooey texture and the sauce has an almond flare. I ate 4 of them....leaving my sad friend just one. Oops. 

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When I go back, I want to try all of the ice cream flavors (peanut, chili chocolate, banana, Mexican cinnamon and mango...YEAH). If I had room I would have tried these on my most recent adventure, but the churros got the best of me. I also need to try the queso fundido, which is melted cheese with charred poblano chiles, green chorizo and fresh tortillas. 

Until next time, Rosie's. ;)