100 Best Dishes: Rosie’s Cantina

The chickadees and I went on a little field trip today (more about that later) that ended with dinner at one of our “100 Dishes to Eat In Alabama Before You Die” restaurants. I have heard a lot about Rosie’s Cantina in Huntsville from several different friends, so I was especially looking forward to trying it today. And let’s be honest, my love affair with all things Tex-Mex has been ongoing for many years now. Ladies and Gentlemen, Rosie’s didn’t disappoint!

As soon as I saw the turquoise front doors, I knew I was headed somewhere magical. If I ever own a restaurant, or any other place of business for that matter, I’ll definitely have turquoise front doors. Aren’t they delightful?

Like any good Tex-Mex joint, Rosie’s starts you out with chips and salsa. You know, it’s hard to mess up chips and salsa, but some places just get it more right than others. These chips were still warm and they were very crispy – winning combination! The salsa was thick and chuck, a little sweet, and pretty spicy. Altogether, I would give their chips and salsa a nine out of ten. They were excellent.

I ordered the chicken quesadilla meal from the lunch menu. I can’t imagine how much food a dinner portion would be because the lunch portion was huge. These quesadillas were heartier than most. Rosie’s grills the onions, peppers, mushrooms and chicken for their quesadillas. Then they load it down with cheese dip, and oh my, was it fantastic! The kiddos ordered the soft chicken taco kids’ meal. Although it was a little spicy for a kids’ meal, it was equally as delicious as mine.

I know that good Mexican restaurants are a dime a dozen these days, but Rosie’s Cantina stands out from the rest. It was so worth the side-trip, and we will definitely do it again. In fact, I’ll look forward to doing it again as soon as I can find a reason to go back to Huntsville!

My girls were wiped out from the day and entered a post-field-trip coma as soon as they hit the couch. Here’s hoping they sleep tonight! 😉


  1. Oh my goodness – look at those sleepy girls.

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