Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rosa Mexicano at National Habor- Now Open for Lunch and Dinner!

I'm a big fan of Rosa Mexicano in Penn Quarter. It's within walking distance of my job and I love the table side guacamole. I've spent some time in Mexico (I'm not talking the touristy parts either) and the food at Rose Mexicano is so authentic, it's easy to forget that it's a chain with 9 locations along the east coast. Now open for lunch and dinner, Rosa Mexicano is a welcome addition to the growing list of retail spaces opening up at the Harbor. I don't frequent the National Harbor area, but I will no doubt stop by Rose Mexicano if I'm ever in that neck of the woods.

Here's a little more info on their newest location as well as some upcoming special events:

Rosa Mexicano opened its newest and ninth restaurant in the new 300-acre waterfront development, National Harbor in late September. Led by culinary director Susana Trilling and corporate chef Christian Plotczyk, their combined culinary passion, expertise, and creativity continues to develop Rosa Mexicano's reputation as a landmark for authentic Mexican cuisine. Rosa Mexicano National Harbor debuts in the scenic waterfront development overlooking the Potomac River alongside other modern restaurants, hotels, attractions, and shopping at the marina and pier with views of nearby Washington DC and Old Town Alexandria.

The 1,000 square foot restaurant features spacious indoor, outdoor, and private dining seating, bathed in Rosa Mexicano's signature vibrant hues of vivid pinks, deep maroons, rich butterscotches and warm yellows. Architect and designer Timothy Higgins brings traditional Mexican craft work and adornments including Oaxacan wood carvings of mythical animals made by famous regional wood workers, an electric blue tiled water feature inspired by those at sister Rosa Mexicano locations, clay pottery, Mayan Indian textiles, folk art masks, and a tin crocodile in the foyer representative of the animal's importance to ancient Mayan culture. Tortillas are fresh-made on-site at a station featuring colorful tiles and a hammered copper hood.

Upcoming Events:
Oct. 29 – Nov. 16: taste a variety of Day of the Dead Specials

Wed. Nov. 5: enjoy a 5-course tasting dinner with wine and beverage pairings, from guacamole and tamales with mole to mole swirl ice cream, at Rosa Mexicano’s Penn Quarter location

Sat. Nov. 8: learn to make three authentic moles, Amarillo , Verde and Coloradito, in a cooking demonstration and luncheon with Executive Chef James Muir at the new waterfront location of Rosa Mexicano National Harbor

Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor
153 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Adios mi amigos,

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