‘Watts for Dinner’: Rocco’s Tacos – Mexican with a twist

Will Watts

Our next dining destination is Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar located in the Strada, North Naples.

Things got off to an appetizing start with the elotes ($6). It’s grilled Mexican street corn, topped with cotija, a chipotle aioli, spices, cilantro and crema. This is one of my favorite Mexican dishes that you won’t always find on the menu. So good!  

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We also had guacamole, made right at your table, and served with tortilla chips ($14). Lots of guac that will take you through your entire meal.

For my main entrée, I ordered the chili rellenos ($18). Another favorite of mine. However, Rocco’s is a bit different from what you’ll find at many Mexican restaurants.

The dish is battered and fried poblano chilies, stuffed with chihuahua and goat cheese and topped with salsa roja, lime crema, cotija cheese, yellow rice and black beans. While different, it’s still a delicious dish that I enjoyed very much.

My partner in dine decided to eat tacos. First up, “Hongos” ($4.75 each). These are vegan mushroom tacos marinated in tequila and seasoned with jalapeños and garlic. You can have them with flour tortillas hard corn or gluten free handmade corn tortillas. The dish is served with Pico de Gallo, cilantro, pickled red onions, cotija cheese and is also available as a platter with yellow rice and black beans or ensalada mixta.

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Same for his other tacos, the vegan al pastor. It features a plant-based protein, pineapple salsa, onion, cilantro and lime.

All the tacos are super good and very hearty. You won’t miss the meat.

For dessert we ordered the tres leches, a sponge cake featuring three-milks and a light whipped icing. A great end to an amazing meal.

Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar is a chain restaurant. The décor is fun, the surroundings are comfortable, and the service is impeccable. Happy eating!    

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If you go

Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar

  • 9123 Strada Pl. #7135, Naples
  • 239-500-8226
  • roccostacos.com