Monday, March 9, 2015

Kingwood Edition: Rosemary's Thyme

Rosemary's thymeFor my Mexican food-loving friends, Carmona's was king in Morgantown. When it closed last year, friends mourned the loss. However, hope came a month later when the owner announced they would open a location in Kingwood in Preston County.

Rosemary's thymeThe owner had said the commute from Reedsville (her home) to Morgantown became too much, so a new location in Kingwood made sense. My friend, Lisa, who headed up the Morgantown Farmers Market, first heard about the restaurant when the owner was searching for a place to buy pinto beans. And the owner does, in fact, buy pinto beans from a local farm business to make her homemade refried beans.

Rosemary's thymeIn less-than-ideal weather conditions, Lisa and I traveled the 45 minutes or so all the way to Kingwood through winding roads just to eat at Rosemary's Thyme. Parking is a bit strange here; we ended up parking out on the street and walking into the restaurant.

Rosemary's thymeThe interior is sweet, with lots of little trinkets decorating the walls. Little piggies denote the table numbers. Lots of flavor. It was surprisingly busy - throughout the evening - for a random Tuesday night. Especially considering the weather. But that was a good sign; clearly people like this place.

Rosemary's thymeOur waitress was very fun and lively. Though as the place got busier, she made fewer and fewer visits. I could've gone for some more drink refills, but I believe she was the only waitress working. So, I understand.

I ordered the burrito chente, which is a soft flour tortilla filled with your favorite meat, rice, beans, cheese dip, lettuce, sour cream and guacamole.

The meats you can choose from are chipotle chicken, camarones raquel, carnitas, pollo desmenuzado, carne molida, pollo asado or grilled veggies.

I have it on good authority that the chipotle chicken burrito is the way to go (ahem Sean, Tony). So, I put in my order for that.

After a little wait, our chips and salsa AND main meals came out at the same time.

The chips and salsa were pretty typical. Chips were homemade, crisp, salty. Salsa was thin, but flavorful. Considering they came out at the same time as this massive burrito, the chips weren't the focus of my meal.

Rosemary's thymeMy burrito was stuffed with the homemade refried beans, rice and chipotle chicken, which was a light cream sauce with a bit of spice. Guac, sour cream and lettuce were served on the side. I liked my burrito. It was thick and full of meat, rice and beans. It had a nice combination of textures and flavors. I liked the chipotle chicken - super tender, just a little bit of spice with a nice sauce. I kept scooping up forkfuls of lettuce and sour cream with each bite of my burrito.

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Mexican flavors tend to be spicier or not quite as vibrant for me. So, of course, we went for dessert. Fried ice cream, anyone?

Rosemary's thymeIt was a really interesting flavor - not just typical ice cream. There was a prominent honey flavor. That is, once you dig below the mound of whipped cream to get to it. It was surrounded by a cinnamon tortilla. But the ice cream itself had like flakes it in it. Pretty cool.

So, I'm actually kind of scared to grade this place for fear my "friends" will retaliate and create their own rival food blogs or simply berate me on Twitter. Either way, I did enjoy my meal. My burrito was good, the dessert was good. Was it more than that for me? Meh. I don't fault the restaurant as much as I fault myself and my tastebuds for this cuisine just not rocking my socks. However, it's definitely one of the better burritos I've had.

Rosemary's Thyme is located at 121 East High St. in Kingwood. It is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. It's closed Monday.

Grade: B
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