Rosita’s

Mexican
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Rosita’s is a friendly sit-down cafe with festive south-of-the-border décor. It is a small place with a small kitchen and every dish is made from scratch, so there will be a wait for your meal. Appetizer corn chips are quite amazing, nearly as three-dimensional as a sopaipilla, fried so they puff up and become airy triangles with fragile skin. An order arrives almost too hot to handle; they come plain or as the foundation for the house specialty called panchos – a circle of chips topped with frijoles, melted cheese, guacamole, and jalapenos. Continue reading

Rosita’s is a friendly sit-down cafe with festive south-of-the-border décor. It is a small place with a small kitchen and every dish is made from scratch, so there will be a wait for your meal. Appetizer corn chips are quite amazing, nearly as three-dimensional as a sopaipilla, fried so they puff up and become airy triangles with fragile skin. An order arrives almost too hot to handle; they come plain or as the foundation for the house specialty called panchos – a circle of chips topped with frijoles, melted cheese, guacamole, and jalapenos. Panchos are like nachos, but the chips’ refined texture and their perfect poise between breakable and bendable give panchos character far more satisfying than any bar grub.

The same quick-fry technique makes Rosita’s taco shells an ideal crispy-chewy wrap for beef or chicken with plenty of garnishes; flat tostadas are made the same way; and even taco salad includes the fine, fluffy chips.

Proprietor Rosemary Florez-Lerma credits her mother-in-law with the recipes that make Rosita’s food stand out in an area with an abundance of Mexican restaurants (legacy of field workers who came to pick beets). The cinnabar-red, garlic-charged salsa that starts every meal and chunky pico de gallo that dresses up any dish with a stunning spicy punch are especially memorable. If you arrive nursing a hangover, be sure to avail yourself of Rosita’s garlicky menudo – the sure cure, according to folklore. It is thick with puffs of posole and strips of tripe, sparkling with fresh-squeezed lemon. It’s great stuff; even if your head isn’t throbbing, chances are it will make you feel better.

(Rosita’s has a 2nd location in Scottsbluff at 710 W. 27th)

Dishes to try
Rosita’s, Menudo
Menudo
Must-Try
My menudo aficionado girlfriend, gave the version here the thumbs up, commenting, 'it wasn't smelly in her mouth'.
Rosita’s, Panchos
Panchos
Must-Try
The house specialty, panchos, is comprised of ordinary nacho ingredients, but because Rosita's chips are so distinctive, it is an extraordinary dish.
Rosita’s, Tacos
Tacos
Must-Try
Rosita's way of quick-frying corn chips give the restaurant's tacos a fragile nature unlike any others.
Rosita’s, Chips
Chips
Must-Try
Chips are essential at any Rosita's meal. That guacamole in the middle of the dish is mighty good, too.
Rosita’s, Enchilada
Enchilada
Must-Try
This is one heck of a good enchilada, whether true-Mex or not. Scottsbluff is an oasis of good eats in the Great Plains.
Burrito
Directions and Hours
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
No