Fork in the Road: Cactus Rose Restaurant and Tequila Bar
Jane Stern has been traveling the country finding affordable, out-of-the way eateries for more than three decades. Her book Road Food has been a best-seller since it appeared in 1974. Now Stern has turned her skills to finding such places in our area. In this issue, she finds Mexican food—in all its many iterations.
This restaurant is in the decidedly non-exotic shopping area of Wilton whose anchor store is Stop & Shop. Despite the mundane location, Cactus Rose is festive and pretty.
It started off as a serious Mexican restaurant with what I remember as tiny portions and big prices.
Now the menu is broader, some Mexican, many South American dishes, plain old American items (think prime rib), and even the occasional Italian item. It is also now affordable with huge portions. When I dined there recently the restaurant was filled with Spanish speaking patrons. It was a Sunday and obviously family night because the big tables were occupied by multigenerational relatives and cute little kids in their fancy outfits.
There were no clinkers on the menu nor any epiphanies but I recommend it because the food is fine, the service is very gracious and welcoming, and there is warmth about the place with happy families sharing platters of food that I find very appealing.
Cactus Rose Restaurant and Tequila Bar
5 River Rd., Wilton