Nestled somewhat inconspicuously amongst a sea of downtown Tulsa’s white and gray buildings is a colorful mural, which beckons you into a new restaurant. In the heart of the Arts District, Rosa Cantina resides in Mixco’s old locale. Inside, the decor is lighter than before, with Mexican influences, an open dining room and a friendly staff. 

The succinct menu focuses on tacos – with options including carne asada, pork adobada, fried shrimp, chorizo and short rib barbacoa on either flour or corn tortillas. Toppings range from pickled cabbage to avocado, black cherry crema, sweet jalapeno tartar and citrus coleslaw. 

If your tummy is rumbling the moment you enter the building, apps run the gamut. Try a queso crock with chorizo or esquites, or indulge in wings, pulled pork nachos or birria flautas. 

The drinks – which the restaurant itself call “damn strong,” are a standout. Try a signature like the margarita or Paloma, or venture to the funkier mezcal tequila cocktails like the Batanga, with Coca-Cola and fresh lime, and the Elderman, with elderflower liqueur, Cappelletti and fresh grapefruit. Others to try include the Oaxacan Old Fashioned with tequila, house agave and orange bitters, and the Mesa Verde, with gin, ancho liquer, agave and fresh lime. You’ll leave full and happy, guaranteed.

Photo courtesy Rosa Cantina

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