Saturday, January 21, 2006

La Rosa

La Rosa, Bend Oregon --

DH and I went to La Rosa for lunch today, and even though I've already praised this restaurant, it was worth mentioning again.

El Caporal's long-time bartender, Gene, is now working here, and greeted us with a big smile and my favorite margarita. Because I didn't actually order the drink, it was okay to drink it before noon without feeling like I have a "problem". Mmmmm, good.

I had the Shrimp Enchiladas, my husband had the El Fresco Burrito. Both were outstanding! The shrimp enchiladas aren't typical; boasting big, fat prawns instead of the bay shrimp that some places serve. Wrapped in a homemade corn tortilla with cheese, and topped with chipotle enchilada sauce, these are my favorite enchiladas of all time. DH's burrito was chock full of roasted veggies, including house-roasted red peppers. It was gigantic, and he ate almost every bite.

Marcos, the owner of La Rosa, showed up mid-lunch and was more than accomodating. He pulled down a bottle of tequila and proclaimed it to be one of his favorites - far surpassing three and four-hundred dollar bottles. At seventy-dollars, he said, it was a "steal". He poured us a taster, and we agreed. Delicious and oaky, with a long finish. He sealed the deal with tequila-soaked pineapple wedges which we winced at upon eating, but then both agreed were delicious.

La Rosa is by far the finest Mexican restaurant in Central Oregon, and if you haven't tried it yet, I highly encourage you to visit them soon.


Blogger shannon said...

Those pineapple wedges are the best. I LOVE their bartender. Did you happen to find my DH's wallet? He is pretty certain he lost it there last week.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous runn4st said...

Heading to Bend with my family later this week for the Haulin' Aspen Marathon. Can you recommend a good place for dinner on Saturday (kid friendly, carbs, not too expensive)? We were looking for Italian. Is Ernesto's good?

4:51 PM  
Blogger BrENDa said...

Runn4st -- No, Ernesto's is not where you should go for good Italian food.

Stacatto's in the old Firehouse in Downtown Bend has transformed itself into one of Central Oregon's finest dinnerhouses. The food is wonderful, the wine selection is stellar, and the service is top notch.

Enjoy your trip!

9:10 AM  

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