Rocco’s Tacos brings together Mexican cuisine, a diverse cocktail bar, lively crowd, beautiful venue and perfect atmosphere. With over 425 varieties of tequila, they pride themselves on making their own sour mix. Rocco’s Tacos is so much more than a restaurant, it’s a place to have fun. We had so much fun that after we came for lunch to enjoy the food, Diva #1 returned at night to enjoy Rocco’s Tacos nightlife.
At night, part of their bar opens up towards the outside, you can order cocktails and sit at the out door bar until your table is ready. This is separate from the terrace where you can spend your evening eating outside facing the bustling Las Olas boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It’s a huge restaurant and they even have a terrace for those eager to battle the Florida humidity, or you can sit outside in their gorgeous restaurant that’s decorated to draw your eyes at every corner.
With so many flavoured margaritas to choose from on our first visit we ordered the strawberry basil margarita that had a touch of sweetness but without sacrificing that potent margarita flavour. When we returned at night to experience a different side of Rocco’s, we ordered a pitcher of their regular margarita, always on the rocks, never frozen, although they offer both.
They have an extensive cocktail menu with mojitos, a Mexican mule, Paloma cocktail, etc. We stuck to margaritas on both of our visits… when in Rome [Mexico]! The blood orange margarita, and the jalapeno margaritas also intrigued us, but we know we’ll be back at Rocco’s, adding more cocktails to our repertoire. Even their Coca Cola and Sprite is made with real sugar cane from Mexico, they don’t sell the American variety. Their attention to detail did not escape us!
By now you’ve caught on that Rocco’s Tacos really turned us on! Their menu is huge and we had a hard time choosing an appetizer. Jalapeno poppers, Mexican street corn with cotija cheese, quesadillas and nachos are just a few of the many appetizers available. Besides the usual appetizers there were so many new intriguing options like shrimp sautéed in tequila Patron in a rojo chipotle butter sauce – decadent!
We opted for the Queso Fundido since anyone who knows the Divas knows that we adore cheese. Queso Chihuahua and cheddar cheese are baked in a skillet with chili rajas to make the creamiest spicy queso dip. Food porn at its finest! Before anyone panics (we did a little), queso Chihuahua has nothing to do with dogs, it’s a soft white cheese from the Mexican state of Chihuahua. This cheese is excellent for melting and very similar to Monterey Jack and cheddar.
We chose to just order the queso fundido plain, but you could also order it with carne molida or chorizo for an additional cost. Carne molida is ground meat and chorizo is a Spanish pork sausage that is often used in Mexican cuisine. But enough about the appetizers! Let’s talk about the absolutely delicious tacos, and trust us, there were so many to choose from that we barely made a dent in the menu.
We started with the shrimp tacos that were sautéed and seasoned perfectly. All tacos are available as flour tortillas, hard corn tacos, or gluten free handmade corn tortillas. We opted for the traditional flour tortilla that the tacos came with. Served with taco sauce, pico de gallo, cilantro, pickled red onions and cotija cheese, the ingredients didn’t overpower the taste of the shrimp. We asked for some guacamole on the side to add to our shrimp taco for a little something extra.
You can order your tacos individually or in a platter meaning 2 tacos per order with rice and a mixed salad. We ordered the tacos individually since the queso fundido was rather filling. Our second taco was the grilled skirt steak that was cooked to a perfect medium and seasoned to perfection. The cotija cheese, a salty Mexican cheese that is used in authentic Mexican tacos, was perfectly combined with the grilled skirt steak.
When we came for lunch we came with Aunty she ordered the California fish tacos. Two battered and deep fried Mahi Mahi filets were topped with a pineapple cabbage slaw and drizzled with avocado ranch. Golden raisins added a sweetness to the tacos, and thinly sliced radishes added a bite of pepper. There was tons of fish in each taco, and it was a very interesting combination of textures and flavours.
The black beans and spicy white rice was good but nothing magical, but their tacos are so good that it made up for it. We wouldn’t recommend the platter, instead you should order a ton of tacos and opt for variety. If flour tortillas aren’t your thing, their corn tortillas are made by hand and cooked fresh on the Comal (cookware to cook tortillas) in Rocco’s kitchen, just like how they do it in Mexico. All homemade and prepared in house!
Diva #1 made some friends in Florida and returned to Rocco’s one night for drinks and a bite. It was packed and our waitress explained that it was Mexican Independence Day so a margarita pitcher cost as much as a glass … well we just had to indulge! Rocco’s is known for their phenomenal guacamole, which we had to try with our margarita pitcher. It’s the peanut butter and jelly of Mexico!
At Rocco’s Tacos they prepare your guacamole table side, it was too dark to snap a picture of the delightful gentleman who came with his cart and prepared the guacamole, but we assure you that it was quite the show. The guacamole was delicious, it didn’t taste like your typical guacamole, and their chips were not your usual boring Tostitos, but their own chips that were incredible. Their guacamole was so good that we asked for their secret ingredient, it was their Roco’s Tacos spice, and they sold it in-house so we bought some to bring back to Montreal.
We were feeling peckish after we were on to our second margarita pitcher. We ordered the Durango combo that included a BBQ pork tostada, a skirt steak taco that we had raved about at our first visit and the cheesiest and gooiest queso quesadilla that we have ever tasted. Served with guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream for dipping – this was the perfect trifecta of Rocco’s Tacos. The quesadilla was simple but so amazing, and the pork tostada tasted like pulled pork on a crunchy shell with pickled red onions and a creamy sauce.
We were full, we were boozy but that didn’t stop us from roaming down the road and finding a delicious gelato shop, Pan E’ Dolci, with the most decadent looking gelato. We ordered an affogato and carried on with our evening, wandering down Las Olas boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The crowd from Rocco’s Tacos had spilled onto the street, enjoying the amazing night and Mexican independence day.
If you’re in Fort Lauderdale, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better all around soirée than at Rocco’s Tacos. The atmosphere at night is perfect if anyone wants a little adventure, the cocktails are potent and the food delicious. If a lively night isn’t your thing then go for lunch, you’ll still experience the great Mexican cuisine but with less hustle and bustle. We went twice in one trip!
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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