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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Taco Rosa March 2008 Specials

Just got back (March 1st) from a food blogger meetup at Taco Rosa in Newport Beach with Joy and Carter, ChubbyPanda, ElmoMonster, Griffin and his wife Veronica, and Josh (a Chapman University student doing a report on the culture of upper class dining) joining in to try out the new specials for the month of March. The specials this month focus on fish and seafood dishes (the highlight being a ceviche trio platter), which is helpful to those observing Lent. Click here to read Griffin's report on this visit.

Happy Hour

I should mention that they have also just instituted a new happy hour from 2 - 6pm Mondays through Fridays featuring ½ price margaritas and $1 fish tacos.
UPDATE: Went for a second meetup today (March 8th), this time at Taco Rosa's Tustin Marketplace location in Irvine, where I met up with "brekkiefan," frequent Chowhound and Yelp contributor Russ (aka "Russkar"), frequent guest reviewer on this blog Shelly Borrell, Sarah from Slashfood and the Delicious Life blog, and her friend Andrew, where we were able to take more time to sample the monthly specials and other dishes on the menu. Here now is a better rundown of Taco Rosa's specials for the month of March:


Roasted Tomato Soup
"Fresh roasted tomatoes with cream and finely chopped roasted corn:"



Fresh Ceviche Trio
"Three crispy tostaditas; one with scallops and papaya, one with shrimp, cucumber and avocado, and one with tilapía, chipotle-mayo, and tangerine:"

Sea Bass "de la Rosa"
"Sauteed fresh sea bass in an original 'de la Rosa' sauce, with chipotle, agave honey, balsamic vinegar, garlic and soya sauce, served with papaya rice and carrots:"



Crema Flameada de Fresa
"Strawberry creme brulee prepared tableside:"



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Click HERE or on the 'taco rosa' label below for tons of information on both locations including dozens of photos, address and contact information, and links to their official site.


joy said...

Wow, you're fast - I just got home! Just wanted to say that I really LOVED the tomato soup. Nice roasted flavor, and the corn in it was perfect. I liked the ceviche trio a lot too; not sure which one I liked best, they were all good. They were pretty sweet though -- sweet contrasted with pickle flavor. So someone like Carter who doesn't like food so sweet might not like it much. I wasn't so crazy about the chips. The guacamole and three salsas were all great, but the chips themselves were spiced funny and tasted a little burnt. Stlll, they made for a reasonable salsa & guac transportation device... right to my mouth, mmm.

ChristianZ said...

Yeah, I put up a quick, hasty entry. I'll be fleshing it out some more after the meetup next week. Thanks for the descriptive comment.

Chubbypanda said...

That was a good time. Thanks for setting it up.

elmomonster said...

Ditto on what CP said. Thanks Christian!

Ditto on what Joy said...I thought it was just me: The tortilla chips did taste a little burnt.

That ceviche trio was muy excellente!

ChristianZ said...

Yeah, I usually just stick with the free appetizer they bring you when you arrive. We should've mentioned the burnt-tasting chips when we were there. They seemed perfectly open to any constructive criticism we had to offer and didn't take any offense when we told them CP's fish was overcooked.

Chubbypanda said...

Well, they didn't offer me a refund either. That was some freakin' pricey halibut. =b

ChristianZ said...

Maybe I can ask them about that. I feel bad bringing somebody to a restaurant only to have them have a bad experience. Anyways, they have switched to the sea bass now.

joy said...

Looks like someone got the creme brulee at the second meetup too, because that one looks a lot more browned on top than the one you had at our lunch. It was funny how so many of the wait staff came to watch it being done, too -- almost as entertaining for them as for us? Ooo, live fire scorching food: definitely cool.

So next time we'll have to go somewhere new. Hm, so many options...