Greer's OC: Taco Rosa's extended Valentine

February 15, 2012|By Greer Wylder

Taco Rosa continues to celebrate Valentine's Day, serving a special menu de amor three-course chef's dinner through Monday.

Whether you take your sweetheart to the original Newport Beach location, or the Irvine Taco Rosa, you can both enjoy a dinner for two for $29.

The family-run restaurant specializes in Mexico City-inspired cuisine influenced by Spanish, European and Southwestern flavors. And what's not to love about a chocolate fountain, and some of the freshest churros we've ever tasted?


The menu starts with guacamole, chips and salsa, and then you can choose an entrée from four choices, including pollo Maya, a seared chicken breast filled with Oaxaca cheese, epazote, poblano pepper wrapped in bacon, served with Mexican rice and Mayan escabeche; or a carnitas pibil with tender pork shoulder with pibil sauce, pinto beans, guacamole escabeche, Mexican rice and sweet corn tamalito.

Other entrée choices include Mexico City enchiladas, hand-pulled chicken enchiladas topped with tomatillo sauce, melted cheese, cream, queso fresco and marinated onions, served with Mexican rice and pinto beans.

Or try the wild salmon pan roasted and glazed with homemade chutney, served on a trio of handmade corn masa boats layered with black beans, queso fresco, Napa cabbage, jicama and carrots, served with caldillo and black bean sauce. Lastly, save room for churros y fresas con chocolate served with warm chocolate and fresh chocolate covered strawberries.

Taco Rosa is at the Newport Hills Shopping Center, 2632 San Miguel Drive. For more information, call (949)720-0980. Taco Rosa is also at the Irvine Market Place, 13792 Jamboree Road. For more information, call (714) 505-6080, or visit


Whip yourself into shape

Looking for a new fitness center to inspire you to get in shape? Consider joining The Fit Club, which just opened at the Quail Hill Shopping Center in Irvine.

You'll have access to innovative equipment, personal training services, educational workshops and classes for all ages. In celebration of the opening, it's offering new members a free class through Feb. 29. The Fit Club offers small group classes that include core, cardio and resistance training, as well as yoga meets Pilates, H.I.T. (High Intensity Training) Circuit, kids zone, and TRX Suspension Trainer vs. Russian Kettlebells.

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