There’s a new taco spot in town so you can bet we were going to check it out! On the corner of 22nd and Walnut sits Rosy’s Taco Bar, which opened up this September. Named after the older half-brother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, James “Rosy” Roosevelt ventured on an odyssey from New York down to Mexico for his love for strong drinks and mysterious women. The story goes that he was an early champion of the unfamiliar cuisine known as “tacos”. Later in life he could be found atop a barstool reminiscing over his journey and the desert rose that escaped him, finding comfort in the culinary treasure he helped popularize.
Rosy’s pays tribute to his pioneering journey and stands by the values of family, diversity and acceptance by supporting immigration as a positive force for our country and community and donating a portion of profits to National Immigrant Justice Center. So why not celebrate Taco Tuesday and put your dollars toward a good cause? Whether its happy hour or you’re just in the mood for tequila- Rosy’s has got you covered with their Bebidas. We tried the Spicy Margarita with jalapeño infused tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave. They’re also serving up a smokey Mescal Mule made with Vida Mezcal, agave, and Gosling’s Ginger Beer. These pair excellently with an mountain of Nachos topped with melted Chihuahua and Monterrey Jack quesos, refritos, sour cream, tomato, pickled onion, jalapeño and you can add a protein- chicken, steak or chorizo.
Don’t forget about the fun Hot Sauce Bar that Rosy’s offers to all its customers. You’ll find a variety of spicy sauces of all brands and types alongside some small cups so you can bring them all back to your table without being too overwhelmed. From Tabasco to El Yucatec we guarantee there will be something new you will want to sample.
And of course they’ve got tacos under the Tacos Tradicionales section of the menu you’ll find a classic Pollo Tinga Taco with Chicken Tinga, chipotle, queso fresco and Al Pastor Taco with pork shoulder, and pineapple; both are gluten free and garnished with white onion, cilantro and a lime wedge. If you’re looking for something more exotic you can check out the Taco Esepciales. We ordered the Koreans Tacos with Korean-Style Short Ribs, guajillo chile paste, kimchi, radish, and chipotle mayo and the Cameron’s Tacos were our favorite, with jumbo shrimp, pickled jicama, cotija queso, and crispy garlic. Both these tacos were also gluten free! Sides come a la carte at Rosy’s so we tried the Arroz con Frijoles Negro, white rice and black beans and the Esquites, a warm corn salad tossed in chipotle mayo, queso fresco, and topped with fresh cilantro (a play on Mexican Street Corn).
We didn’t have room for dessert, but if you have a sweet tooth we’re told the Churros are made in house, coated with cinnamon sugar and served with Dulce de Leche and Chocolate dipping sauces. Plus you can check out Rosy’s weekdays from 4 – 6 pm to catch their Happy Hour specials including $6 Tacos Tradicionals, $3 Tecate, $4 Jalisco Draft, $6 House Margaritas and $25 Pitchers. They’re also serving up Borracho Brunch every weekend on Saturday and Sundays 11 am – 3 pm which offers a pri-fixe menu including 3 drinks, an entree, and churros for $30.