Chomp! Rosie's Mexican Restaurant offers Mexican favorites at enjoyable pace
By by jessica email@example.com
Aug. 29, 2012 at 3:29 a.m.
I hope you enjoy the adjustment of my ratings.
4 stars = Best of the best 3 stars = I recommend it without hesitation2 stars = Good place to visit for something new 1 star = It has a few pluses and few minuses
Don't miss/Sure bets:
A reader wrote me and said the chile rellenos and puffy tacos are delish. I will have to add those to my list along with the gorditas.
Address: 202 N. Esplanade, St., CueroPhone: 361-275-9953Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 7 a.m.-2 p.m Saturday.; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday; closed Wednesday
There is a lot going on in Cuero these days, and eateries like Rosie's Mexican Restaurant are feeling the boom.
When I came in, the restaurant was busy. Nearly all the tables were taken, and I had to wait patiently while tables were cleaned off for me and another woman waiting.
The service was friendly and speedy. It was obvious the staff was used to a busy lunch rush. I took a seat by the window, so I could watch the hustle bustle outside. Through the windows I could hear the muffled roar of 18-wheelers as they inched forward every time the lights turned green.
I read through Rosie's menu selection of Mexican favorites and was looking for something I hadn't had in a while. I was torn between the gorditas or the chicken flautas. It had been a while since I've had a plate of either, but I had an interview in a short while and didn't feel like eating something that had the potential to leave me with greasy fingers or remains of food on my face.
Chicken flautas it was. Gorditas, I shall enjoy you next time. Promise.
While I sat there watching Cuero workers move to and fro between businesses and parked cars, people continued to walk into the restaurant. There was a steady flow of customers coming in and a matching number of customers leaving, which meant waiting time was minimal and seats were quickly available.
I munched on my chips and salsa and in no time my food arrived. It was not what I was expecting, but I have to remember that flautas served in New Mexico may not be served the same way in Cuero. The flautas were fried in a crispy shell and served with fresh guacamole. The rice was seasoned well and the beans were smooth enough to use as a dip for each of my three flautas.
For the record, flautas in New Mexico (not all but at some restaurants) are served fried on the grill rather than in the deep fryer. The shells are softer, but they are served with guacamole and shredded cheese on top. Rosie's were good. The chicken was seasoned well, and the salsa was a nice addition to them, too.
As soon as I was ready to leave and join the bustling bodies already in motion outside, I picked up my ticket and paid for my meal. In the same amount of time I waited for my table to be cleaned off, I was cashed out with a smile.
Despite the rush from the Eagle Ford Shale, Rosie's isn't in the business of rushing you out the door. I like that in a restaurant. It gives you a chance to enjoy your food, whether in the company of others or just watching the world go by.
Jessica Rodrigo is in the mood of seafood. Got a go-to eatery for the best shrimp or fish in mind? Send me a tip at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @eatseatseats.