When you arrive at the door and meet the gracious hostess, keep in mind… this place is busy! But you’ll quickly see why dining at Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar is an experience so highly regarded. The décor is a kind of Spanish/Moorish medieval Mexican vibe with lighted chandeliers made of rusted metal stars that make the space interesting. So while you’re waiting, enjoy the bar.
The Mango Margaritas rimmed with salt are mouth-watering. It’s a tequila bar, so you can choose from any number of different tequilas from their three tequila menus. There is the “Plata” (silver) menu, which is freshly distilled and “unaged,” less than 60 days old.
Then there is the “Reposado” (rested) menu, which has been aged in wood barrels for two to 12 months, and this is said to impart nuances of caramel and butterscotch into the tequila. And then there is the “Anejo” (aged) menu with tequilas that have been aged in oak caskets for a minimum of one year. These are often known by their amber color and woody flavor. A few shots are a fun way to enjoy new flavors of old favorites.
At the table, as we waited for our entrees, we were entertained by a tableside preparation of homemade guacamole, which was fresh and tasty. Their fresh baked chips and ‘guac’ is a meal unto itself! I ordered the Carne con Chipotle ($22); a sliced flatiron steak grilled with a smoky chipotle cream sauce. It was absolutely delicious served with sweet potato and a spinach, tomato and onion salad.
Rebekah had the California Fish Tacos ($17.50); three battered and fried mahi mahi tacos with a traditional cabbage slaw and avocado ranch, served with spicy white rice and black beans. Ken enjoyed the Chile Rellenos ($15.50); battered and fried poblano chiles, Chihuahua and goat cheese (Yes, there is such a thing, and it’s delicious!) with salsa rojo (red), a lime crema and cotija cheese, red rice and black beans.
Overall, it was a lovely experience and a unique place to take out-of-town friends for a great meal or make memories with someone special. For a reservation, call 954-524-9550 or visit RoccosTacos.com for other locations in South Florida.