Have Fundido at Rosa Mexicano's happy hour of the week


Rosa Mexicano
609 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Weekdays, 3-6 p.m. (in the bar area only)

Drinks & Eats:
La Tradicional Margarita - $4.90
The 1800 Margarita - $5.50
Pitchers of Sangría - $4.90/$14
1800 Tequila Shots - $5.50
Select Imported Beers - $3
Queso Fundido - $4.90
Flautas de Pollo - $4.50
Ensalada del Mercado - $3.90
Tacos de Pollo - $4
Tacos de Panza con Callos de Hacha - $6.40

Sure there have been naysayers, but the Hot Dish has trouble saying no to any visit that involves tequila. So off we went to City Center's latest and checked out what's afoot in the bar.

Venue: Gently flowing water walls, glass art, and splashes of color give some much needed class to this address. Sure, the crowd is mainly the cubicle set for happy hour, but the low lighting means that anyone can sneak in and enjoy some upscale chips and margaritas at the long bar or nearby tables in the lounge area. Whether headed for the movies, the theater, or simply home after filling up on Rosa's upscale Mexican fare and drinks, it's a good downtown pit stop in the late afternoon/early evening.

Nobody doesnt' like melted cheese.
Nobody doesnt' like melted cheese.

Verdict: A half-price margarita is a half-price margarita is a ... you get the point. Plus, the Queso Fundido is the ideal happy hour nosh--we're talking a mix of melted cheese, chorizo, cilantro, and slow-cooked Mexican peppers that is as tasty as it sounds. For salad and water types, they offer an Ensalada del Mercado ($3.90), and for the more adventurous there's the Tacos de Panza con Callos de Hacha ($6.40), a.k.a. pork belly and sea scallop tacos. Wash it all down with a traditional margarita, sangria, beer, or a shot of 1800 (love this option). Although we would prefer a full week of happy hours, the selection of both eats and drinks makes this a hh to add to our list of regular downtown deals.

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Rosa Mexicano

609 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402



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