Review: Mexicali Rose, Newtown

| July 20, 2006 | 7 Comments

Mexicali Rose in Newtown doesn’t look like much from the outside – just another storefront eatery with a clever sign. Located on Route 25, you can’t let the location fool you though. This isn’t just some hole in the wall.

When you walk in, you are met with a cute assortment of vintage tables and vinyl chairs and interesting decorations on the walls. You order from a small counter at the rear of Mexicali Rose, where a wall menu, chalkboard with specials and a rack with fresh tortilla chips are crammed together.

The authentic Mexican food from the Yucatan Peninsula is freshly prepared and masterfully seasoned. If you like your food authentically hot, then let them know. Mexicali Rose offers simple but delicious dishes served up fast.

The beef fajitas contain well-seasoned and tender meat and crisp-tender peppers and onions. The very fresh salsa is slightly sweet (from the tomatoes) and just a little spicy. And the homemade tortillas practically melt in your mouth. All the flavors come together in a glorious harmony. Mexicali Rose also offers fajitas with chicken or pork.

Mexicali Rose’s guacamole is awesome, definitely get a small container of it to go with whatever you choose.

The soft tacos come on homemade corn tortillas, which aren’t my favorite in general. However Mexicali Rose does their corn tortillas well, so even I liked them. The shredded chicken is moist, which is always a plus.

If you are a cheese lover like me, pay close attention to what you order. Many things on the Mexicali Rose menu come sans cheese including the fajitas and soft tacos. Hard tacos feature cheese though, as do some of the burritos and all of the quesadillas (well, that should go without saying…it is a QUESAdilla, after all).

The prices at Mexicali Rose are average – Most items are around $6. Tacos are the exception, coming in at an inexpensive $1.95. Portions are a good size too, you’ll definitely be full after eating.

If you are planning on take out, they prepare things pretty quickly (our order took about 8 minutes) so it’s okay to just drop in. Tables are available for eating there as well. Next time I’ll be calling ahead though, since there really isn’t much room to wait.

Mexicali Rose is family owned and operated, which is always nice in these days of fast, fast, faster and the ever growing chain restaurant. They are closed Mondays.

Mexicali Rose
71 South Main Street (Rt 25);Newtown, CT
(203) 270-7003

Category: Connecticut, Places, Restaurants

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    When I tried Mexicali Rose I thought it was disgusting. The salsa and chips are great, but the soft chicken tacos were nothing, but fat and skin. Not sure if it was because we went on Sunday – maybe that was all we had left – but this is somewhere I would never go again.

  2. Sarah says:

    Sorry to hear you didn’t like it. When I went (also on a Sunday) I was actually surprised that the chicken in the taco was all meat – no fat or skin…

  3. Miguel Hurtado says:

    Actually, i live in mexicali, mexico… and now i can see how this name: mexicali rose is extending worldwide.. thank you for broadcasting about it!!!
    By the way, i have a blog, which is in spanish, if you want to check it out, it’s

  4. Anne Murphy says:

    We love Mexicali Rose. We have been there over 20 times and have never had a bad dish. We usually order steak dishes or vegetarian dishes.The chips and Salsa and Guacamole are great.

  5. Antonio says:

    Where is mexicali Rose?

  6. Emily N. says:

    I love mexacali rose.

    it is a great resturauant. me and my family are actually going there right now. Normally i get two soft tacos with beaf lettuce and cheese and a black bean soup and it is delicious

    the people there are also so nice. its like a family when you walk in the door.

    i love it!

  7. James O'Bryan says:

    Our family loves Mexicali Rose. Excellante!

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