With the cold weather encompassing Vermont, it’s nice to eat something reminiscent of warmer climes. There is something about the juxtaposition of hot food, and cold weather that is transportational. So on a particularly cold Thursday I made my first trip to Roque’s Restauranta and Mexican Cantina on the on the bottom of Main St in Burlington Vermont.
I heart enchiladas, so I decided to try one of Roque’s offering:
Good choice on the shredded chicken, the texture added this entree. The corn tortilla in the enchilada appears to be homemade and is excellent. The tomatillo sauce is decently spiced, and the cilantro is not over done. The rice was a little bland, but dumping some of the side of salsa on the rice, made a huge improvement. The salsa also improved the beans, which were nicely salted, and slightly “cheesed”.
The tortilla chips came in a brown paper bag, usually when I gets tortilla chips with my meal I think the restaurant is trying to bribe me with quantities of cheap low-quality food. However these tortilla chips were a surprise, fresh, made from scratch on site, light, not greasy, and lightly salted… awesome! The paper bag serves to absorb what little grease there is, and not keep steam in the bag to they stay crisp; you can tell Roque’s cares about their tortilla chips.
Another interesting item of note was the salsa. I don’t know if it is the spices or peppers, but it had a very interesting layered flavor that made me keep trying the salsa again to try to figure out the ingredients.