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Oct 21, 2011 01:14 PM

Rosa Mexicano coming to Boston

My first NYC date with my future wife was here. This is very cool. Loved their guac and drinks, food was outstanding.

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  1. I liked this place several years ago - hope they have the huitlacoche chicken thing on the menu.

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    1. re: enhF94

      they seem not to have the huitlacoche chicken thing on the menu. It also looks gone from NY Union Square, which is where I had it.

      1. re: enhF94

        enh, huitlacoche, corn fungus, is a wicked hard thing to source. From what Darren (formerly La Verdad and now Exec Chef at Rosa Mex. Boston) explained to me, iirc,it's an autumn (corn harvest) thing but labor intensive to harvest, and rare. Most U.S. Mex restnts buy it canned (yuck) but the frozen is pretty good. So if you like it, you might want to always ask if its fresh, frozen, or canned, when you're thinking of ordering it someplace. It has to be one of the most unique flavors, yes?!

    2. YAHOO! We have their cookbook and love it. Your link didn't work for me (linked to an article about movies made in Boston!) but a google search found some more info that it'll be at Seaport West in S. Boston (when I tried to link, the link went awry in the same way as yours!)

      1. When we dined at the one in NYC a few yrs ago, they promised me they would be coming to Boston! The guac, the drinks, the braised pork shank, and the churros. I'm ready!

        1. GREAT news. Thanks so much for sharing!!

          1. seriously? ANOTHER "high-end" mexican place? tezmacal is right across the street.

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            1. re: hotoynoodle

              I think it is much better than TemazcaI , and greater Boston can support more than one "high-end" Mexican restaurant. Actually, except for the cost of the guacamole, I thought the prices at Rosa Mexicano were quite reasonable.

              1. re: CookieLee

                Yes, Boston can support more than one high-end "Mexican" restaurant. Can it support a dozen? Last I looked, we already had Lolita, Papagayo, Temazcal, El Centro, Mija, Ole, La Verdad, Casa Romero, a couple of Zocalos, and a couple of Sol Aztecas; you could probably include Tico in there, too. Looks like a bubble to me.


                Sol Azteca
                914A Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215

                Casa Romero
                30 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115

                La Verdad
                1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

                35 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116

                283 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

                222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

                250 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

                El Centro
                472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Well, I guess it's definition of high -end. I agree that Temazcal is high-end. I didn't feel La Verdad was particularly high-end. The Zocalo in Brighton closed, so I guess they couldn't make it there. I think the vibe at Rosa Mexicano is much more interesting than Sol Azteca. so that could factor in to a diner's choice.

                  1. re: CookieLee

                    I'm not dismissing Rosa Mexicano out of hand -- I welcome good new restaurants of any stripe -- but I have frequently questioned the market's ability to support the flood of new Yanqui Mex places that opened this year. One of them already came and went, Jalapeno's in Allston.

                    None of Boston's "high-end" Mexican restaurants are anything like a proper fine-dining restaurant such as you might find in Mexico City. Most of ours are more mid-range, pretty Americanized, and heavily reliant on moving tequila drinks and beer.

                    In calling them "high-end", I'm distinguishing them from modest places with Mexican chefs doing more traditional food, like Angela's, Jalisco, and El Amigo. In this context, La Verdad's prices and concept are comparable to most of the places I listed.

                    Zocalo closed its Brighton location and opened a new one in Back Bay.


                    35 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Not sure if you've been to Rosa Mexicano in NY -- it is definitely not perfect but falls in the high end, pretty good category in NY. I don't think any of the places here come close to their level of food, service, atmosphere, etc and think it will be a welcomed addition. IMO it will give the neighboring places a run for their money.

                      1. re: gramercyfoodie

                        Have not been, nor was I aware that it's a national chain with a dozen locations. Sietsema in the Washington Post offered a very mixed review of the DC outpost: high style, good execution on handful of dishes, poor seafood and desserts. I'll keep an open mind, but this sounds awfully similar to the place it will be down the block from.


                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          My experience at Rosa Mexicano in DC was good. The restaurants are beautiful, very professional, and the menu is more sophisticated than most Mexican restaurants in America. I'd say the menu is comparable to what you find at Olé...not at the level of what you find in DF, but more creative than most and a high level of finish. We liked what we ordered, but I read plenty of comments from others when I lived in DC that said there were occasional misses. So, pretty much what Sietsema said, and I usually do agree with him.

                      2. re: MC Slim JB

                        "I'm distinguishing them from modest places with Mexican chefs doing more traditional food, like Angela's, Jalisco, and El Amigo."

                        Do you mean *Taqueria El Amigo on Moody St. in Waltham? I've only eaten there once, but it was so, so bad. Flavorless, dried out chicken in the tacos. Generally I love tiny casual places, but this was so bad it turned me off of Mexican food - at least for now. (and I'm one to cook Mexican type foods at home, too - even made a mole a few times that took ages to make).

                        *Edit: My mistake!! It wasn't El Amigo I went to & was disappointed w/the food - it was Antojitos Cafe on Moody St. Don't want to give anyone the impression that El Amigo gave me lousy food - haven't gone there yet... still need to wash the Antolitos Cafe memory out of my brain first thought...

                        Taqueria El Amigo
                        196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

                          1. re: Trumpetguy

                            One of my favorite places in the whole Boston area. I hope 3dogs was thinking of something else, because these tacos are la bomba.

                            And they have lengua (tongue) and cabeza (cheek) and both are scrummy!

                            1. re: yumyum

                              Arggh! My mistake - it was Antojitos Cafe I went to on Moody St.! Got them mixed up, I think, because I read up so much about all the good Mexican places to try. Def not because said brain is getting oldER...

                              Antojitos Cafe
                              489 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453