It began as a noble quest for tacos.
Rosa Mexicano had been hovering in our peripheral taco-vision for weeks; it was hard to miss the electric “TACOS” sign protruding from one of Atlantic Station’s central buildings.
We already knew what we would order, too. Multiple Yelp reviewers had assured us that the table-side guacamole was unbeatable, and the photos of the Baja fish tacos had my mouth watering already.
Maybe the white tablecloths should have clued us in—that, or the suspicious fact that prices weren’t listed online—but it wasn’t until after we were seated that we realized Rosa Mexicano is out of our price range. Way out.
At the table, Kristin gave me a panicked, wide-eyed stare.
“Did we look at the prices?”
We hadn’t. We concluded that we could afford approximately one appetizer. The tacos? Forget it. We debated leaving. Maybe if we bolted now they’d never even notice.
The waitress arrived and asked us our drink orders. We froze.
“Uh, water, thank you.”
We were stuck.
We decided to go ahead and split the coveted table-side guac, a move that would buy us some time to ponder the issue of entrees. About five times the price of what we were used to paying for smushed avocados, ordering the guac was a wee bit painful, but our hearts were set.
Admittedly, it was delicious. Prepared tableside in a fancy Molcajete and brimming with fresh avocados, onions, cilantro and tomato, the guac was an avocado-lover's dream. The portion was enormous, so the price point, while a little steep, is mildly understandable. And they refilled our chips! Bonus!
Onto the entrée dilemma: We asked if they offered tacos a la carte (they didn’t) and decided to split a quesadilla appetizer (“We’re really not that hungry”), which ended up being an honorable last-minute taco substitute. It was filling and decent size to split, oozing warm cheese and fresh peppers, with guacamole and some sort of tasty, zingy cream on top.
So maybe this can’t really be considered Taco Tuesday since I’m unequipped to actually weigh in on Rosa Mexicano’s tacos, but I will say that they whip up a mean bowl of guacamole, and their quesadilla game isn’t too shabby either. If you’re looking to splurge, treat yourself to the tacos, and then let me know how they are. I’m sure the fish ones are delightful.