Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rosario’s: San Antonio’s Mexican Treasure

All the details work in an edgy Mexican near downtown

The Entrance at Rosario's
     San Antonio is a foodie’s paradise that features many cuisine     San Antonio is a foodie’s paradise that features many cuisines, though Mexican and Tex-Mex are its most prominent.  Rosario’s is just south of downtown, literally in Southtown, and it’s the type of place where powerbrokers, young families, regular joes, and tourists eat.  The surroundings were funky with formal dining rooms; open bar areas, and adapted industrial spaces, but with interpretations of various major modern artists’ works on all the walls.

The Open Dining Room
Carne de Puerco en Chili Cascabel
     The green salsa, served with chips that were light in texture, was both spicy and sweet.  Our server Pablo was unassuming, very attentive, and correct in each of his suggestions. Neil ordered the Carne de Puerco en Chili Cascabel—Roast Pork in Red Sauce, a dish that was complexly seasoned, but not overly hot.  The meat was very tender and was served with refried beans that were extremely creamy and rice that was freshly cooked.  I had the Enchiladas Mexicanas, which was a good choice for vegetarians.  It was served with queso fresco, tender fried potatoes, a grilled jalapeño pepper, and a lime cilantro slaw.  Not only were both dishes delicious, but also the portions and prices were great.

Enchiladas Mexicanas
     We asked Pablo about dessert and he recommended the Bread Pudding.  Usually, I can take or leave that dish (also crème brulée and sometimes cheesecake), but his quiet enthusiasm won us over.  It was worth it since it easily served two.  The pudding was a warm apple walnut cake, shaped as a large bundt slice, accompanied by berries, cream, and ice cream.  Rosario’s was a great welcome to San Antonio and Texas.
Bread Pudding

Rosario's Mexican Cafe y Cantina on Urbanspooni

I should have worn my sombrero!

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