Last year, Freebirds World Burrito locked their doors, packed their bags, and moved out of Roseville, marking another corporate exodus during the COVID upheaval of 2020. For quite some time, the store was vacant until just a few months ago... Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta opened the doors, and took Roseville to a new level in fine Mexican cuisine.
As with all restaurant reviews I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.
Photo: It's just a little past the Friday 09:00 opening time on Friday morning, October 01, 2021. I've arrived to enjoy a very early lunch at Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta, as I like to arrive early and avoid crowds when I plan to dine, and take photos. Possibly due to staffing issues, the attractive patio wasn't open for dining, on this beautiful Friday morning.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll notice a blackboard, with the daily specials listed. Yes, I was truly interested in the "Carnitas Dinner Plate," but I had my mind set on "Molcajete."
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll notice a very clean, fresh, and spacious dining room. The dining room has been completely redecorated since Freebirds World Burrito flew out of town last year. You'll find a mixture of booths and tables, which makes for comfortable seating.
You'll note the order counter, and the posted menu above the order counter, where you place your order, pay for it, in true 'taqueria" style. When it comes to menus, there are printed menus for you to take home to you, as the restaurant does a brisk online and telephone "to go" business.
Just to give the dining room a little "sports bar" feel, there are a few television monitors, which at the time of my visit, were tuned to traditional Mexican "banda" music/video, which added to the dining atmosphere. The dining room is both comfortable and attractive, but I definitely missed dining on the patio.
Photo: Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta operates on what I call the "taqueria format," where you make your selection from the menu, place your order at the counter, pay for your order, and in return, you'll receive a "number." You bring your "number" to your table - whatever table you choose - and when your order is ready, it will be brought to your table, and your "number" will be picked up, and "recycled" for a future guest.
Photo: After placing my order for a "Molcajete," I ordered a Pacifico beer, and friendly counter server Fatima reached into the cooler, grabbed my beer, and at my request, provided me with a frosted mug. Note the wide array of both domestic and Mexican drinks in the cooler.
Photo: The printed menu folds out into two pages, and offers all of your Mexican favorites, along with a wide array of "comfort food." For a taqueria in Roseville, this is one of the largest menus I've seen, and I LOVE all of the seafood selections the menu offers.
Check out the complete menu of Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta by clicking on THIS LINK. You'll be able to return easily to this page. You an also click on the photo of the menu to see the complete menu that Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta offers...
Photo: The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat chips and salsa bar, which is one of the best salsa bars that I've seen in the area. Everything is made fresh, in-house, and you can eat as much as you want.
Chips are fresh fried corn tortilla chips, and packaged in small bags, which I assume is a "bow" to the current COVID-19 crisis, which seems to be winding down as of this writing. Even though the chips were bagged, I enjoyed the fresh, delicious taste that only in-house-made corn tortilla chips can offer.
Photo: The salsa bar includes several varieties of in-house made salsa, along with diced radish, onion, lime wedges and pickled, sliced vegetables. I actually sampled the creamy guacamole, along with the smoky roasted chipotle salsa and both were delicious. However, the "Roasted Chipotle" salsa was a total standout, and was some of the best chipotle salsa that I've ever enjoyed. The "Roasted Chipotle" salsa along is worth a visit to Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta, as it's a WOW factor on it's own! It's all-you-can-eat, to enjoy to your heart's content!
Photo: I was both pleasantly and amazing surprised as my friendly server, Jaime, brought a plate of Mexican rice, refried beans, a small salad and a scoop of guacamole to me, behind a masked smile. The menu didn't mention these extras were included with the meal, which added both extra value to my early lunch, and to the amazing taste.
During all my years of dining, I've never enjoyed a lunch of "Molcajete" at a restaurant that offered rice, refried beans, salad and guacamole with the meal. Truly, Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta is unique, in a 5-star dining way.
Photo: I did not expect rice and beans, along with a salad would be included with my "Molcajete," as it wasn't listed on the menu, and I have never been to a Mexican restaurant that included a "side" with a "Molcajete." Also a small side of guacamole? But, all of this goodness is included at Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta... and the portions are large!
The rice was traditional Mexican rice, cooked to perfection in chicken broth, and lightly seasoned. The refried beans were very traditional, and tasted like they had been cooked in lard, and were topped with melted, Mexican cheese. The rice and beans were simply delicious, and it was easy to taste that they, like everything else offered at this fine restaurant, were fresh, and made in-house.
The green salad was made from shredded lettuce, topped with a tomato slice, peppered with shredded anjo Mexican cheese, with sour cream as dressing. Between the salad and the refried beans there was a scoop of guacamole, which added the finishing tough to this amazing "side plate" of Mexican goodness.
I was simply amazed my lunch of "Molcajete" included this delicious plate of salad, rice, beans and guacamole.
Photo: Meet my amazingly friendly host, Jaime, brings my "Molcajete" to me, behind a masked smile. Look at all of that goodness!
Photo: I'm all smiles as Jaime has brought my "Molcajete" to my table, and I have my side dish of Mexican rice, refried beans, salad, along with guacamole to keep me satisfied.
Photo: After scanning the menu, I just "had" to go with a "Molcajete," as it has to be one of my all-time favorite Mexican meal-in-a-bowl, or should I say ... "meal in a molcajete?" The complete meal, including corn tortillas, along with the totally unexpected "bonus" plate of amazing Mexican rice, refried beans, along with a salad, topped with sour cream and guacamole. A cold mug of Pacifico beer always makes lunch a grand occasion.
Since I've already talked about the rice, beans and salad, on to the "star" of the meal, the amazing "Molcajete," which is a complete meal, served inside a stone molcajete, in the tradition of Mexico. Not many restaurants in Roseville, or all of Placer County list "Molcajete" on the menu... where do I begin to describe this amazing meal?
The menu describes "Molcajete" as, "Steak, chorizo, chicken, shrimp, grilled onion, jalapenos, cheese, whole beans, in a mixture of salsas. Served with tortillas."
My "Molcajete" was served in a... well... molcajete, and started out with a savory, thick broth, which the menu describes as "salsas," but in reality was an amazing broth, that both stimulated the taste buds, and brought the components of the stew to life. My molcajete included whole beans, diced red and green chili peppers, grilled onion, grilled green onion, diced tomato, grilled nopales, two slabs of Mexican cheese, and just the right amount of garlic. Meat included an absolutely generous amount of grilled carne asada, chicken, and succulent shrimp. Oh... how could anybody forget two grilled chorizo links? WOW!!! All meat was perfectly grilled, and when mated with the vegetables and beans, in the savory broth, made for a taste sensation. The dish was topped with diced avocado which not only added to the "photo presentation" but added a creamy and a "cool" taste to he mildly spicy broth, veggies and meat, and added to the "WOW" factor of this amazing lunch.
The tortilla warmer included four standard, moist and heated corn tortillas, which added an "earthy" flavor to the meal.
All ingredients were fresh, cooked perfectly, and worked together to make for a stunning presentation and a delicious lunch. The broth, or "salsa" as the menu describes it, held everything together, and each item stood out, yet blended together to make for a simply delicious lunch.
I'm a great eater, but this lunch is so HUGE that it could easily be shared by two, or maybe even three, so I brought home most of it, which served for dinner, with some leftover for breakfast - enhanced with eggs - the next morning.
Photo: If you're a lover of perfectly marinated carne asada, green onion, Mexican cheese, along with link chorizo, this "Molcajete" is for you! How often do you find link chorizo in Placer County, or anywhere in the greater Sacramento area? You'll find it at Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta, located in Roseville.
Photo: Link chorizo simply hits you in the face, when you enjoy a "Molcajete" at Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta, and you'll also notice lots of perfectly grilled shrimp, jalapeno peppers, Mexican cheese, and all of the other goodies that make this a "destination dining dish" for those who appreciate amazing Mexican cuisine. Sliced avocado tops the dish, which adds to the stunning presentation and the delicious lunch.
The menu is extensive, the dining room is impressive, the staff is super friendly, service is fast, and the food is simply amazing! Oh yes... the chips and salsa bar!!! Come for the fresh chips and salsa bar, but stay for the amazing Mexican cuisine, You'll simply fall in love with Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta, located in Roseville, CA, porque la comida es muy sabroso!
Taqueria La Nueva Vallarta
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