You'll find authentic Mexican fare with flair at this terrific new spot

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:35:38 AM. The owners named their restaurant after one of their favorite Springsteen songs
The transition from Japanese food to Mexican fare involved just a quick walk around the corner for restaurateur Allan Luftig, who didn't miss a beat when he opened Rosalita after closing Monster Sushi in Summit. The Monster chefs, who happened to be Mexican, often would prepare dishes featuring their native specialties just for Luftig and his wife, Janice. So when his lease was up and Summit House took over Monster's space on Springfield Avenue, it was a natural move for Luftig to open a Mexican place in the nearby Maple Street space his landlord offered him. The restaurant's name came as easily as the concept. "We are huge fans of Bruce Springsteen, and his song, 'Rosalita,' was partially responsible for our name," said Luftig, who has visited Mexico many times for both "research" and pleasure. "On our travels to Mexico, we fell in love with tacos al pastor," commented Luftig, who promptly put this specialty on the menu. The three tacos ($17) embrace marinated, spit-roasted pork, topped with pineapple and onion for contrast. Tacos Al Pastor are a specialty at Rosalita Mexican restaurantSteve Hockstein|For NJ Advance Media  The 50-seat restaurant, which opened 21 months ago, has a bustling, cozy atmosphere that speaks of sunny locations. Strings of lights on the ceiling add atmosphere, and a hot pink wall, where masks in bright colors hang, plays off the vivid green of the fresh-made guacamole (market price), the seductive yellow of sliced mangoes against pan-seared salmon...Read more
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