Mexican restaurant Rosa Mezcal (1814 Magazine St., 504-304-7063; www.rosamezcalnola.com) is open in the Lower Garden District.
It's the second restaurant for owners Omar Lugo and his wife Dulce, who opened the Mexican restaurant Habanero's (69305 Highway 21, Suite 600, Covington, 985-871-8760; www.habaneroscovington.com) last fall. The Rosa Mezcal menu is similar to the one at the Northshore spot, focusing on Mexico's "urban cuisine," particularly dishes inspired by the street food of the Yucatan and the Baja peninsula.
The menu is divided into botanas (snacks and appetizers), house specialties and signature tacos, which include creative takes on the Mexican staple. Apache tacos are filled with seared skirt steak, nopales (prickly pear cactus), Oaxaca cheese and chile toreado. The Playeros taco is stuffed with shrimp, bacon, cream cheese-filled jalapenos, red cabbage and spicy mayonnaise.
Daily specials feature blue-plate fare including enchiladas, burritos, flautas and quesadillas, most of which come with rice and beans.
The space features exposed brick walls decorated with colorful murals and wall hangings. A gutted Econoline truck has been repurposed as a bar.
The restaurant is applying for a liquor permit and guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol.
Rosa Mezcal is open for lunch and dinner daily.