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Dona Rosa? No, Gracias. - Review by Jason T | Dona Rosa Bakery Taqueria

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Dona Rosa? No, Gracias. 1/4/2007

Despite the excellent decorations and the epicurean credibility of its corporate parent (which operates the popular "El Cholo" Mexican chain), Dona Rosa fails to live up to its premium prices, its fantastic decor, or the marketing phrases that abound in its store. That's not to say there aren't any good dishes in this place. I, for one, think that their Asada Tortas are decent, with nice toasty bread, reasonably good (if a bit chewy) steak, and a slathering of basic guacamole. But for the most part, the meats are either bland or taste of salt. The chicken mole special I had included the most flavorless white meat chicken, into which no marinade had apparently penetrated with sub par sauce. The tacos are petite, and , none of their meats are so bursting with flavor as they do in almost any authentic restaurant inside Mexico. Dona Rosa doesn't fare well as fake Mexican nor real Mexican. With honesty, Acapulco's, Chipotle, and El Torito serve better fare with their gringoized offerings. And there are so many really good authentic Mexican restaurants in the Los Angeles Area. that it doesn't compare well in that category either. more
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