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Today, March 20, 2013 is my 61st birthday, and my lovely wife offered to treat me to lunch at the restaurant of my choice. If you follow my food adventures, you'd most likely guess that I'd choose Mexican cusine, and you're right! I had never had the opportunity to visit Carmelita's Restaurant, on Riverside Ave., but I'd heard they were family oriented, served good food, and had received rave reviews on Yelp, and other web sites.  So, it was a date at Carmelita's Restaurant!

Photo:  Carmelita's is located just south of downtown Roseville, on the east side of the railroad tracks.  You park on Riverside Ave., or a side street, but parking is adequate, and it's free, and you can always park nearby the restaurant.

Photo:  The entrance to the restaurant from the front door.  The bar is in the center, and additional dining is to the right of the photo.  We sat in the left rear of the restaurant, not far from the kitchen.  Check out the reviews on Yelp, as there are many of them, and generally very positive.  However, I take reviews with a grain of salt...

Photo:  Shortly after we were seated, our server brought a basket of freshly-made tortilla chips, black bean dip, and a bowl of runny salsa.  The chips were among the best that I've head the pleasure to enjoy during my Roseville Mexican restaurant adventures, as they were fresh, not too salty, and just plain delicious.  Carmelita's Restaurant is the first, and only, Mexican restaurant that I've visited in Roseville that offers black bean dip.

Photo:  The kitchen is open for viewing, so I had to stick my head in and snap a photo.  By commercial standards, it's quite modest and compact.  

Photo:  Our friendly server, Rosa, places my plate of carnitas on the table, as she holds Sharlene's lunch of a chicken tamale, rice and beans.

Photo:  Sharlene and I pose with our lunch.  I'm enjoying a 22-oz Pacifico beer, as Sharlene volunteered to drive.

Photo:  My lunch of carnitas, rice, refried beans and flour tortillas.  Garnishes include fresh, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole.  Actually, I ordered corn tortillas, but they brought flour by mistake, so it was one of those "Oh well," moments.  The lunch was delicious!  The food is delicious and authentic, but quite "mainstream," so if you're at home in a Tijuana loncheria, Carmelita's might seem a bit too fancy for your tastes.  Carmelita's Restaurant would be a great choice to take your family to dinner, or for "Aunt Dorothy" from Kansas who's never eaten Mexican food before.  

The "Yelpers" were right, as Carmelita's Restaurant serves delicious, albeit quite "mainstream" Mexican food, the service is great, and the dining is friendly.  If you enjoy authentic Mexican food, Carmelita's Restaurant is an excellent choice.

Carmelita's Restaurant
204 Riverside Ave
Roseville, CA 95678
916 783-0411
www.carmelitasrestaurant.com


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