Carolina’s Mexican Food. It’s basically Adelberto’s, or Alberto’s, Roberto’s, etc. It’s one of my favorite 24 hour spots in the area (admittedly there aren’t many).
The food here brings back fond memories of late night Halo LAN parties that always ended the same way – at 3-4 AM with a trip to Adelberto’s on Greenback in multiple cars, a long and rowdy drive through line, and eating on the hoods/tailgates of our vehicles in the parking lot in sometimes inclement weather. Those were good times. While I don’t usually get to enjoy the same company or tailgate dining experience these days, the food remains the same.
This location is fairly new, maybe a couple years old? It used to be a KFC, so no loss there. It offers an almost identical menu to Adelberto’s. I asked some friends what their favorite item was and almost unanomously they answered with the California Burrito. It consists of carne asada steak, sour cream, guacamole, potatoes and pico de gallo. Other mentions were the Breakfast Burrito and Carne Asada Fries – google the fries, they look crazy.
My long time order here has been the #2, 2 shredded beef tacos with beans & rice. The tacos are deep-fried to a greasy, crunchy perfection with cheese and lettuce. More cheese tops the refried beans.
Normally they put about 2-3x as much lettuce on the tacos, to the point where I have to dig them out from under it all. I don’t mind though, because once I’m done with the tacos I mix the extra lettuce, beans and rice all together.
And what’s a trip to Carolinas/Alebertos (Adelbee’s for short) without an horchata to wash it all down? Their horchata has always seemed a bit sweeter and the cinnamon flavor stonger than many places I’ve tried it. It’s hard to pass up here.
As I mentioned this is one of my favorite places in Roseville, even if it’s not unique. There seem to be clones of this exact restaurant all over California, Nevada and elsewhere under different names but with the same red & white paint and yellow menus. Which one is the original? The world may never know.