Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rocco's Tacos - another reason to visit Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas Boulevard

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Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar
1313 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Also in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach with one opening soon in Palm Beach Gardens

Lunch: M-F, 11:30 a.m.- 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-4 pm
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 4 pm-2 am; Friday and Saturday, 4 pm – 3 am

By Jane Feehan

Fort Lauderdale’s Mexican restaurant universe has expanded with the addition of Rocco’s Tacos on Las Olas Boulevard. This casual, high energy eatery offers authentic, tasty dishes in south-of-the-border tradition.

Guacamole is made up fresh – tableside - with the right blend of avocado, tomato and lime juice. At $12 this appetizer seems pricey but it easily feeds four.  Soft tacos, a smaller version than Americans are used to, come steaming to the table topped with a broad range of choices: pulled pork, chicken, or beef, grilled fish, lightly fried rock shrimp, or vegetables (there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly choices). Combination plates (average $14) or individual tacos ($3-4), and a great appetizer line-up please most any purse or appetite. Quesadillas, flautas, nachos, and enchiladas top off fare that is lower on the grease-o-meter than that of other Mexican restaurants. Rocco’s also serves skirt steaks, fish dishes, burgers, and salads.

An attractive bar with 225 varieties of tequila – and late hours (2 and 3 am closings) - is a hit with the youngish crowd, but Rocco’s welcomes all. Service is above average and management works hard to please, frequently asking if all is OK. Rocco’s fills up early; it's not unusual to see a line waiting for tables on weekdays. Reservations are available. Parking is $5 but there's metered parking nearby. Patio and indoor dining.

Tags: Mexican restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas restaurants, late-night dining on Las Olas, tacos in Fort Lauderdale, bars in Fort Lauderdale.

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