Once again we found ourselves along the I-10 corridor in Louisiana on a Saturday, and stopped to lunch with our friends there. They suggested a Tex-Mex hot spot and off we went.
Like a lot of places in Sulphur, La Rumba isn’t much to look at, just yet. They are doing a lot of renovation and updating to the building, so it may look a little different if you go to hunt it up. There’s a lovely porch for outdoor dining, and due to their popularity, another large section of porch with plenty of seating while you wait for a table to open up.
Inside the decor is typical of it’s kind, with faux stucco walls, heavy dark woods, Mexican ceramics and handicrafts, and a few horses thrown in for good measure. Both booths and tables are available. The floor space is a little cramped, but not too badly.
We were urged to try the La Rumba Dip, which turned out to he a big bowl of hot cheese topped by beef, chicken and shrimp. It’s similar to a queso flameado, though the cheese consistency is more like dipping queso and there’s a lot of meat. It came with tortillas and a large side of pico de gallo.
Another member of our group had a small quesadilla as an appetizer.
The menu is packed with all the Tex-Mex classics and a short side list of American offerings like burgers and chicken fingers. The kid’s menu has the typical stuff kids enjoy including a personal size cheese pizza.
One of the teenagers in our party ordered a burrito. We were not quite prepared for the size of the entree. To his credit, he ate the whole thing in one sitting.
I ordered the Flautas Mexicana, and was not disappointed. Flour tortillas stuffed with chicken and deep fried, served with a small bed of lettuce topped by guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo.
Sadly, I missed out on getting photos of what everyone else ordered as we were all hungry and the food smelled so good! It lived up to the aroma with plenty of flavor and filling portions.
On the 1-5 scale, La Rumba gets:
Cleanliness – 4.5
Service – 3
Quality of food – 5
Flavor – 5
Pricing – 4
Overall experience – 4.3
1804 Ruth Street
Sulphur, LA 70663
— Ann Cathey
All photos of individual minor models posted with parental permission.