La Rosa Blanca

Holy Mole!

Tacos de Cochinita Pibil

Tacos de Cochinita Pibil

Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group

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Although I can’t say I was happy when Big Dip Drive-In closed

(I have many fond childhood memories of my dad treating my siblings and me to lunch on the patio), the replacement of La Rosa Blanca satisfies my need for another go-to spot for one of my favorite cuisines.

My husband and I recently ventured to the restaurant, nestled in by the residential area off Natoma Street. The ample patio, which is about half the eatery’s seating space, is festively adorned with the familiar Corona string flag banner and neon Modelo sign in the window, while the cozy interior is equally vibrant with its brightly painted multicolored walls.

We settled into a booth (it was just a tad too chilly outside to fully appreciate the patio) with their complimentary chips and chunky, garlicky salsa. I was surprised to see molletes on the menu, an appetizer I’d never heard of, so we swiftly ordered some. The satisfying starchy offering consisted of two soft and chewy baked Mexican rolls topped with refried beans, sprinkled with cheese and adorned with a curly strip of sour cream right down the middle.

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