Best Neighborhood Restaurant - 2005
Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe
Twenty years is a long time to wait for a neighborhood to catch up with you. Since the day they opened their little storefront burrito joint in February 1984, the Aguirre family has worked to make the Highland neighborhood the very best it can be. They've fed the less fortunate at Thanksgiving and Christmas, sponsored charity events, spread the gospel of great green chile at fairs around town -- and always kept the home fires burning in the back of their restaurant, which has grown along with the Aguirre kids. Today it's oldest son Oscar who's often behind the stove, cooking Mama Rosa Linda's original recipes -- and adding his own improvements. Happy birthday, Rosa Linda's. Here's to the best neighborhood restaurant -- in a neighborhood you've helped make so much better.