If Rayme Rossello was worried that Comida Cantina, her new brick-and-mortar that just opened in the Prospect development in Longmont, wouldn't be a hit in the ritzy 'hood, the gazillion bodies who packed the joint last weekend should alleviate any concerns.
Rossello, who launched her hot-pink Comida food truck in Boulder in 2010 before getting her hands on a turnkey restaurant a few months ago, played host to a standing-room-only restaurant and bar overflowing with taco junkies and tequila zealots heaping praise on the buzzy cantina. And judging from what I ate -- enough tacos, tostadas and gorditas to stuff an elephant -- Rossello's kitchen crew is equipped with the experience and talent to continue the streak. Herewith, a collection of photos to whet your appetite.
Watermelon jalapeno margarita, concocted with jalapeno-infused tequila, muddled watermelon, fresh lime juice and agave.
Housemade chips and salsas: Comida red salsa, cucumber jalapeno crema and habanero salsa.
Chorizo and red onion escabeche housemade gordita with salsa verde and roasted garlic mash, served in foil.
Mezcal-soaked mushroom and roasted garlic mash tostada topped with crema and cotija, alongside a jalapeno grits and camarones a la diabla soft corn taco.
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Pork carnitas tacos crowned with an habanero-and-pineapple salsa and steak sirloin tacos with smoked Gouda sweet-potato hash, roasted onions and house crema.