Los Rosales Mexican restaurant has a new owner, a new look and a new menu, but the sign at the corner of Blue Hole and Bell roads remains the same. Carlos Moncayo, a native of Guadalajara who formerly operated taco stands inside dance clubs, took over the fledgling restaurant in November. Banking on the fact that the Rosales name hadn’t made an impression, bad or good, on the dining public, he decided to keep the original short-lived brand and change everything else.
Moncayo remodeled the interior to create a “rustic, elegant” look with white tablecloths, and he rewrote the menu to focus on healthy spins on traditional Mexican cuisine. The majority of items are cooked using olive oil and organic vegetables, with a focus on grilling. Specialties include Filete Montez—flat steak rolled around mushrooms and vegetables and wrapped in smoked bacon—and grilled shrimp with avocado cream and almond extract, served with vegetarian rice and vegetables.
Located at 1307 Bell Road, Los Rosales is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Margaritas are two-for-one 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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