The night before our cruise, we found ourselves at a loose end in Fort Lauderdale and decided to head for Rocco’s Tacos on E Las Olas Boulevard. Rocco’s has a great reputation for fun family dining and as we’re all big on Mexican food, we decided to pay it a visit.
As our taxi pulled up, we could hear the music and see loads of people all gathered outside, laughing, talking and sipping Margaritas. The crowd is really mixed – there’s a young crowd at the bar, but plenty of families eating at tables too.
The interior is really funky, with enormous clusters of twinkling star lamps fighting with loads of stuff all hanging from the ceiling – we spotted bikes, lanterns, Mexican wrestling masks, even shrunken heads! It’s also really dark – all over the restaurant little iPhone lights were hovering over menus (this is my excuse for really bad pictures – flash photography and food do not mix, I’m afraid).
We sat in a booth right in the middle of the restaurant – prime people watching position! – and ordered a huge jug of Margaritas and two mountains of tortilla chips, smothered with refried beans, cheese, salsa and guacamole while we studied the menu. The waiters make the guacamole in huge bowls at the table and our server, who looked like an Abercrombie model, was really friendly, supplying the boys with an endless supply of diet coke and explaining things about the menu.
For mains, we chose little crispy tuna tacos with avocado, lime, coriander and salsa, along with soft handmade corn tortillas with spicy pulled chicken breast, pickled red onions, cheese and lettuce. The boys ordered burritos bursting with chicken, black beans, red rice, lettuce, cheese and coriander and smothered in spicy sauce, more cheese, guacamole, salsa and sour cream… far too much, but we all piled in and shared. Delicious, and really good fun. Our Abercrombie model offered to pack up our leftovers but as we were leaving our hotel the next morning we decided against it.
Lingering over our margaritas, we finally decided to indulge in some churros – and what a great decision it was, even as we teetered, Mr Creosote-like, on the edge of exploding. They were crisp, fluffy centred and smothered with cinnamon and chocolate sauce.
If you’re in Miami, do pop in. We all absolutely loved it. The buzzy atmosphere, great food, amazing location and fab drinks all combine to make a fantastic evening. You won’t be disappointed. Just take a torch.