Walking into the quaint, corner Mexican restaurant, with picnic-like tables and chairs and 80s style mirrors lining the walls, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought I had tried all of the best Mexican food around – until my plate hit the table. Suddenly everything about the cozy place was charming and likable, and it instantly became a favorite.
At Rincon Tarasco, nestled in the heart of Downingtown, you will breathe a true sigh of relief once you set eyes on your entrÃ©e. From their dÃ©cor to their service and food, it is as authentic as Mexican food can get. Complimentary chips and salsa warm up your pallet while your over-loaded plates, which are filled with however mild or spicy flavors you choose, are being home-cooked to order in the back.
If you dare order spicy, the Molcajete and Camarones a la Diabla will not leave you dissatisfied – your eyes will tear up for more than just happiness at the taste. The Molcajete is a thick, stew-like bowl made of a variety of steaming meats with peppers and melted cheese. The presentation is just as great as the flavor – it is served in a thick hot stone bowl shaped as a pig, which keeps the dish steaming for hours.
If you’re looking for seafood with a kick, try the Camarones a la Diabla. Spicy shrimp covered generously in hot red sauce with sides of rice and beans combine for a taste you won’t soon forget.
The ever popular ‘Taco Tuesday’ (or any other day of the week…) can be moved from lousy take-out chains to Rincon Tarasco without hurting your wallet. Arguably the best part about the restaurant for college or low-budget customers is their prices; tacos are just $2 each any day of the week!
While you can order sodas there, it is BYOB, so be sure to make a pit stop if you’re planning on drinking more than water or soda. Pre-made margaritas compliment the dishes, and once you see the decorative vases (Patron bottles), you’ll be craving the Mexican drink!
The early closing times (8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. on Sundays) are disappointing – but take out is available for a preemptive late night snack pick-up or a lazy night at home. All around, you cannot beat Rincon Tarasco for quality, quantity, or price of food.
Gabrielle Rosati is a fourth-year English major with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at GR688985@wcupa.edu.