As we move into August and summertime winds down, it's much more important to have the best possible time every time you're out. Nestled away on the Nautical Mile in Saint Clair Shores is Rojo Mexican Bistro. Most people have heard of and may have eaten at Rojo. However, did you know this Rojo location also has a taqueria and tequila bar upstairs?
Taco Rosa's Taqueria and Tequila Bar is in its first full summer and is quickly becoming one of the hottest spots on the Nautical Mile. With live music four nights a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday), Taco Rosa's is serious about its entertainment. Not only that, they're also serious about their booze.
With tequila in its name, you better believe Taco Rosa's puts its best foot forward when it comes to selection and presentation. There are well over 100 varieties to choose from and they range in price from $6 all the way up to $150 per shot. If you're anything like me, tequila is known for being a shot chased with a lime wedge. A few shots and your ass is on the ground.
Sure, you can order tequila shots at Taco Rosa's, but my recommendation is to take a step back and try a tequila flight. A flight of tequila consists of three shots, sangrita, and other accouterment. Sangrita, which means "little blood," is a mixture of tomato juice, cilantro, Serrano pepper, fresh lime and orange juice and a hint of beer. Its function is to cleanse the palate in between tequilas.
The trajectory of a flight usually goes this way: silver, repasado and finish with anejo. It's similar to the way you'd drink beer or wine in succession, the most flavorful is saved for last. Of course, most flavorful doesn't mean best, so if you'd rather drink three silvers or anejos, just talk to your server. However, don't shoot these – take your time, sip the tequila, and enjoy the flavors. I promise it'll be a fun experience.
If nothing else, ordering a flight gives you roughly a 20-percent reduction on regular shot prices. Tequila is on special Friday and Saturday nights, too, but talk to your bartender about that as well.
Tami, who is an incredibly friendly bartender, beams when discussing the bar. "We have a fun atmosphere," she says, "It is always relaxing and super casual, but a party can break out at any time." Some of those parties probably start with Tami making Rojitos for her customers. Refreshing and pleasantly sweet, a Rojito is Rojo's twist on the classic mojito. A couple of these and a party is bound to break out.
"Come for the food, stay for the fun," Tami says. The fun is just upstairs – you don't have to travel far to have an amazing time after dinner. |RDW