Wed. Jun 7th, 2023

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 entrée. From their décor 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

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