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Taste Buds: Rockin’ Margaritaville

Buds enjoy getaway at new Woodsfield eatery

September 19, 2013

The goal was to bring something unique to Woodsfield, and the Parker family has done just that.

We're talking about the Rockin' Margaritaville Restaurant & Cantina, folks, and if you haven't been there yet then you are definitely missing out!

Originally from San Diego, Clayton Parker, along with his wife Sheri and his son William "Yogi" Parker, recently settled in Woodsfield and opened up the Mexican/American eatery. They had lived in Woodsfield in the 70s while artist Clayton was an instructor at OUE and apparently they took a liking to it. For whatever reason they've returned, the Buds sure are glad they're back!

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Amigo Fajita Platter

Tipped off by an alert reader, the Buds were eager to make the trek to 111 E. Court St. in Woodsfield to check out Rockin' Margaritaville's tasty fare. What they found was more than just good food - it was a lunchtime vacation. The friendly staff, vibrant beachy murals and jammin' music combined to create the perfect atmosphere. In fact, the Buds so enjoyed it that they were tempted to plead the old "it's 5 o'clock somewhere" excuse and order a couple margaritas. But alas, we take our work very seriously and that would be unprofessional, so a round of diet sodas it was. *Sigh*

Rockin' Margaritaville's menu consists of a unique blend of Mexican and American dishes. With everything from fajitas, tacos, burritos and enchiladas to soups, salads, burgers and dogs, there is surely something for everyone to enjoy. There is also a kids menu and a selection of mouth-watering desserts that the Buds only resisted because they were too full from the meal. Seriously - the pan baked peanut butter cookie topped with ice cream, chocolate, crumbled Butterfinger and whipped cream is a goner ... next time!

Bud Em, after much consideration, decided to order the Amigo Fajita Platter which rang in at $10.75 and was a huge amount of house marinated chicken and steak, cooked with tons of peppers and onions, and served with rice, refried beans and a scoop of sweet corn cake. Ummmhmmmm! Yes, please!

The meal was delicious! The meats were tender and not overly-seasoned, and combined with yummy sauteed onions and green peppers. There was so much that Bud Em had leftovers for dinner and then some! The sides were just as impressive as the main course. The refried beans - which are NOT made with any lard (as is typically done) are amazing! They actually have vegetables in them!! And the Buds are certain they detected a hint of lime. Delish! Now the Buds usually find Mexican rices to be too salty, but not at Rocking Margaritaville - they nailed that too!

Bud Shaunna finally decided on the Soft & Crunchy Tacos with ground sirloin for $7.25. Two large tacos were stuffed with deliciously seasoned ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, salsa and white sauce. But here's the special part - the crunchy taco is wrapped with a soft tortilla shell that's been covered with melty cheese. These tacos were off the hook! Really, you're probably wondering how great an ordinary taco can be, but trust me when I say that the fresh meat, along with the combination of special toppings, really kicked these to the next level. These tacos were so filling that Bud S, normally a pretty healthy eater, could only finish one. But no problem - the extra taco made for a tasty dinner later.

The tacos were served with the fabulous refried beans and rice, as well as a sweet corn cake. If anyone remembers the corn cake at Chi-Chi's, this corn cake is its prettier, tastier older sibling. The combination of spices and flavors used in all of these foods is just so authentic and fresh - it was one of the most enjoyable meals the Buds have had!

Knowing that her hubby was missing out, Bud S decided to order a chimichanga for 9 bucks. A burrito was packed with ground sirloin, rice, beans and salsa and then deep fried and topped with melted cheese, guacamole and sour cream. Calling this chimi mammoth would be an understatement - Bud Hubby and Bud S were able to eat out of this THREE times! Served with chips and salsa and a side of corn cake, this made for a really filling dinner, and lunch ....

The Buds were thrilled to find such a gem of a restaurant packed away in quaint Woodsfield. What a fun way to spend a Friday afternoon lunch! Next time you're in the area, pay Rockin' Margaritaville a visit. You'll love the food, the people and the atmosphere!

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader



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