Oct. 12, 2019 — Once in a while you visit a restaurant that not only has great food but also feels like home. That is the experience that many customers share after visiting Rosa’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 2825 Highway 101.
Rosa Perez has owned and operated the restaurant, along with her husband Jose, since 2007.
“I’ve got a passion for cooking that I have always had,” she said. “I love to make food for my family and for my friends in the community and the support we have received is amazing.”
Rosa’s specializes in authentic Mexican food served in a warm, colorful dining area and the staff is made up of family and close friends. There is an extensive menu of traditional entrées and also a selection of lighter, vegetarian and seafood items. The menu also includes an array of salads with a special avocado and shrimp salad especially popular with diners.
Perez also takes pride in her soups and offers an albóndigas (meatball) soup and Caldo de Camarón, Mexican shrimp soup, that remains one of the most popular items on the menu.
Another popular dish, Caldo De Mariscos, is a combination of shrimp, clams, mussels and fish in a light broth.
Perez grew up helping her mother cook in a small restaurant in Mexico and has always enjoyed the work. She has created a menu that features her take on traditional entrées like enchiladas and burritos but has added a vegetarian option for those who wish to experience the traditional flavors and textures of Mexican cuisine without meat.
People can find many “favorites” on the menu, including huarache plates, burritos, tacos and more. There is also an extensive selection of vegetarian burritos and enchiladas available, some of which feature broccoli, spinach and potatoes served with homemade sauces and cheese.
One of the specialties of the house is the all-day breakfast menu which includes the expected items like huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos but also includes shrimp, veggie and meat omelets.
Perez has always been interested in cooking and she has found her niche in the little restaurant she helped to create.
There is also a sad side to the story of Rosa and Jose. Their son, Jose Dela Mora, drowned in Woahink Lake in June 2015, the summer before his senior year at Siuslaw High School.
The family has created a scholarship fund in his honor and has assisted a number of students with scholarships in Jose’s fields of interest: wrestling and art. The family holds an annual scholarship taco feed each spring, which offers community members a choice of chicken or beef taco plates with all proceeds going to the Jose Dela Mora Scholarship fund.