Posted by Lyndi
There is a new restaurant in Rogers that is… get this… not a chain. It is called Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante and they "serve foods of Ecuador and Latin America with southern hospitality." This is the same Rolando’s restaurant located in Fort Smith and Hot Springs.
Shout-out to victormoralesPR who told me about this place, otherwise it may have taken me awhile to locate it. Located in historic downtown Rogers in the old Stogie’s shop, it is a gem of location and the food is a gem of flavors, too.
As soon as we were served the chips and salsa, we immediately knew we weren’t in your average Latin restaurant. The homemade corn chips were crisp and warm and the salsa was more of a relish with tomatoes and corn. Very yummy. I ordered the Pollo Chuchaqui ($8.75 lunch; $15.95 dinner) and I will order this dish again and again. Consisting of chicken tenderloins marinated in a Cuban moja, the chicken tasted more like a chicken marsala, thinly sliced. Just how I like it. The tenderloins were sautéed in a lime and wine sauce with roma tomatoes, onions, and celery. All served over rice with black beans and cheese (sans the cheese for me). My husband order the chicken tamales (photo above) and they were a perfect blend of corn meal and meat. Just right.
Presentation seems to be an important part of the meal at Rolando’s. While you may be surprised at the entrée dinner costs, the food is exceptional and the presentation makes you feel pampered so it is well worth the price. Besides, we have all been to the chains where entrees are the same price yet you know as soon as you are served that you’ve been had with pre-made food.
Rolando’s is located at 224 South 2nd street and W Elm Street in historic downtown Rogers (across from Las Palmas). Easiest way to get there is to go East on Walnut from Hwy 540 and take a right on 2nd Street. You can reach them at 479-621-1002. Open daily for lunch and dinner, even on Sundays!