Romo’s cuisine affordable, filling

by Crystal Branden

brandencr@mnstate.edu

Romo’s Mexican Deli and Catering offers authentic Mexican that is reasonably priced and filling enough for a hungry appetite. If you enjoy Mexican cuisine, you’ll enjoy Romo’s.

Entering the establishment, you are met with a neutral color scheme livened up by a color-popping orange wall. Seating consists of black plastic chairs and tables which look somewhat cheap but are surprisingly comfortable.

The atmosphere is casual and relaxed and there are a few pieces of artwork that customize the small restaurant. The Mexican-inspired surroundings are accompanied by mariachi music. In addition to the tunes, there are two TVs, one on each wall. 

The restaurant’s space is mostly taken up with seating, but there is a small bar-like area where you order you food and watch as it is prepared. The serving system is similar to that of Subway. You wait in a line and observe the many options offered on a gigantic chalkboard covering the wall. They offer their own specialty burritos, make-your-own burritos, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas, salads and freshly prepared meals like Arroz con Camarones, spicy shrimp over a bed of rice with garnishes and vegetables or Camarone A La Diabla, spicy shrimp with beans and rice.

Romo’s also offers daily deals and is truly a place of customization. With many sauces, original and spicy versions of pork, beef, chicken and vegetables, it’s hard to not find something to your liking. In addition to your order, you get a basket of chips and a bowl of salsa for the table; additional sides for your meal like nachos, guacamole or pico de gallo are offered. Some orders also include a side of rice and refried beans.

Romo’s also caters with many more options than just their set menu has. They offer their services to all sorts of events, from weddings to holiday parties to picnics. Their catering service also is not exclusively Mexican cuisine. Romo’s catering offers sandwiches, casseroles, popular appetizers, several main course options and even breakfast foods. In line with these, they also offer the option of their Romo’s Tacos Food Truck for any type of gathering.

Romo’s has a comprehensive menu of their options on their Facebook page: Romo’s Mexican Deli and Catering. The restaurant sometimes updates their Facebook page with deals or advertisements for new additions to the menu.

I tried a taco and a small make-your-own burrito and was pleased by the amount of customizations offered to make the burrito and taco unique. I was also surprised by the sheer amount of food you get for your dollar.

The tortillas for the tacos, quesadillas and burritos are freshly warmed before they are stuffed, with the option of smothering it in a few different warmed sauces.

Almost everything is prepared and assembled in front of you by a few very kind and efficient-working employees. The restaurant gives off a family-friendly vibe. Although Romo’s does not offer delivery, they do offer a take-out option.

If you enjoy Mexican food that is not only affordable, but also filling, Romo’s is a great fit. Romo’s is located at 3402 13th Avenue South, 118 North Broadway – lower level, and 1100 19th Avenue North. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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