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Rocio's Mexican Kitchen

4.6 (964) $$$$ $$$$ Mexican, Regional


Summary: Authentic eats with vibrant moles and empanadas.

In the heart of Bell Gardens, Rocio's Mexican Kitchen offers a slice of Oaxaca with its traditional Mexican cuisine and a special focus on a variety of sophisticated, homemade mole sauces. The ambiance is cozy and unpretentious, with decor that celebrates Mexican heritage. Guests can enjoy a range of dishes from deep-fried empanadas to seared mahi mahi filets, each paired with one of the restaurant's signature moles. To complement the meal, there's a selection of aguas frescas, cafe de olla, and soda. The restaurant is famed for its moles, earning the chef the nickname "The Goddess of Mole," and it's recommended to indulge in these complex sauces, available in over ten variations, with options like chicken, fish, shrimp, steak, or chile relleno. For those with a sweet tooth, the dessert menu includes treats like plantains in tequila sauce and flan with chocolate caramel sauce. Despite its modest size and simple decor, Rocio's Mexican Kitchen delivers an authentic and ambitious culinary experience, with generous portions and a welcoming atmosphere, including the option of patio seating.


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Best Chef California - Semifinalist 2023
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7891 Garfield Ave, Bell Gardens, CA 90201

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