Sunday, August 8, 2010

Great Food at La Roca Mexican Restaurant, Lincoln City

There's a long list of good places to eat on the Oregon Coast--from the Ship Inn in Astoria to Tidal Raves in Depot Bay, maybe still the Flying Dutchman at Otter Rock, and who can forget the ubiquitous Mo's Chowder? (While Mo's is not my cup of tea for its cafeteria like atmosphere, it's certainly worth a visit or two.) Anyway, as you can see, there are many outstanding places to eat on the Coast. The problem is usually cost and the consistency of the food's quality. You also have to decide how much you're willing to pay for an ocean view.

We've been visiting La Roca Mexican Restaurant off of Hwy 101 on the south end of Lincoln City (next to the Christmas Cottage) for years now. Sometime between our last visit in the spring and yesterday's visit, there was a big menu change in this little place. It's much harder to eat here for less than $30 for a family of four, but it remains a very good deal.

La Roca has never let our tastebuds down. The food is always fresh and in a generous portion. It is prepared well, always cooked to perfection. The spices used here really serve to enhance the natural flavors and textures of the food, not cover it up. The meals appeal to both adults as well as children. My son is always particularly happy with the quesadillas, while my daughter prefers the enchiladas. My wife and I tend to order whatever appeals at the time.

Not feeling particularly adventurous yesterday, I decided on nachos. I could go on at length about the nachos, but, suffice to say, there were no complaints from me. In particular, the smokey notes of their house salsa deserve special mention. The flavor and heat are perfectly balanced for Mexican food. The fresh guacamole sauce is also especially good.

The other nice aspect of this restaurant is a certain quality of homeyness (as opposed to homeliness). By and large, it's been the same wait staff there for years. The small size and unpretentious decor also convey a feeling more akin visiting someone's home then going to a restaurant--at least most of the time. It's a comfortable place to eat your dinner. So, next time your in Lincoln City, drive right on by Kyllo's Seafood Grill and take a chance on a little place called La Roca. You won't be disappointed.

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