Mexican restaurant Rosa Mezcal
(1814 Magazine St., 504-304-7063) is now open in the Lower Garden District.
It’s the second restaurant for owner Omar Lugo and his wife Dulce, who together opened the Mexican restaurant Habanero's in Covington last fall. The menu at the new restaurant is similar to the one at the Northshore spot, focusing on Mexico’s “urban cuisine,” in particular food inspired by the street food of the Yucatan and the Baja peninsula.
is divided into botanas
(snacks and appetizers), de la casa
(house specialties) and signature tacos, which include creative takes on the Mexican staple.
Apache tacos are filled with seared skirt steak, nopales (prickly pear cactus), Oaxaca cheese and chile toreado. The Playeros taco is stuffed with shrimp, bacon, cream cheese-filled jalapenos, red cabbage and spicy mayonnaise.
Daily specials feature blue-plate fare including enchiladas, burritos, flautas and quesadillas, most of which come with rice and beans.
The space overlooking Magazine Street features exposed brick walls decorated with colorful murals and wall hangings and a gutted Econoline truck, repurposed as a bar.
The restaurant is applying for a liquor permit and guests are welcome to BYOB.
Rosa Mezcal is open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website.