Where: 5250 Town Center Circle 561/416-2131
The lowdown: Here in Florida, Rocco’s Tacos is synonymous with Mexican food. It has taken over a good chunk of our state, with locations in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens, Orlando, and soon-to-be Delray Beach. The trendy spot is even heading up north with another location set to open soon in New York City's Brooklyn.
While Boca has its fair share of Mexican restaurants, there's something about Rocco’s that surpasses all the others. Its open-air atmosphere is inviting and roomy and appeals to everyone — families with children, the after-work business crowd, high school and college students, and the local foodie scene.
The prominent inside bar has lots of high tops and booths, but the outside is even more appealing. Located smack dab in the middle of The Shops at Boca Center next to the courtyard, Rocco's has lots of extra room to expand for events - like its annual Cinco de Mayo party. Speaking of which, you may want to start planning for next year’s celebration now… Cinco de Mayo is the biggest day of the year for Mexican restaurants, and Rocco’s certainly does not skimp! The festivities start as early as noon and continue all through out the night. Tents of booze and bites are set up outside, along with live music and entertainment, giveaways and crowds of people in sombreros ready to celebrate.
On the menu, the most notable dish has to be the guacamole, prepared table-side according to your liking. Not into heat? No worries, they’ll tone it down on the spiciness. The crispy tortilla chips are heavily coated in a special Rocco’s spice blend that makes them irresistibly addictive.
Pair that with one of 225 tequila choices and you’re in for a truly authentic Mexican experience. The list of margaritas and specialty drinks is just as impressive. Try the classic Cadillac Margarita with Grand Marnier and Rocco’s house made sour mix that is unlike any other. The Antioxidant Margarita, voted “Guest Favorite,” is another good choice, with Maestro Dobel tequila, acai liquor, agave nectar and fresh squeezed lime juice. Enjoy a glass by yourself or share a pitcher with friends — however you choose to imbibe, you’ve picked the right place to do so.
The intangibles: There’s always something going on at Rocco’s. Get $1 off all drinks at the bar during Happy Hour every day from 4-7 p.m. Taco & Tequila Tuesdays are a popular night, with all-you-can-eat tacos for $14.99, $5 tequila drinks and shots, $3 Mexican beers, and - a personal favorite of mine - $15 Margarita pitchers. You're definitely getting your moneys worth with one of these. Two people can easily get two to three drinks out of one pitcher!
Owner Rocco Mangel loves to make appearances at all of his locations. If you’re lucky enough to be at his chosen spot on Taco & Tequila Tuesday, be prepared for some free patron once he gets on the bar!
Rocco’s Tacos is all over social media — Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram. Follow and like away to find out about specials and events, plus see tons of pictures of crave-worthy food and drinks, Rocco and his employees and lots of satisfied customers.
Sunday–Monday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tuesday–Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to midnight
Thursday–Friday: 11:30 a.m to midnight
Saturday–11 a.m. to midnight
**A late night menu is available until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday
Sunday – Monday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tuesday – Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to midnight
Thursday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m to 2 a.m.