Patterson, New York: Rosemary's Texas Taco (Closed)Outdoors there were assorted statues and sculptures. "Indoors is just like something out of a wild Acid trip," said someone who went indoors. Closed.
- On the east side of Hwy 22 just south of Havilang Hollow Rd.
- April 2013: Reported closed.
Visitor Tips and News About Rosemary's Texas Taco
A restaurant in a small home that is goth meets Ripley's Believe It or Not. The dining area is loaded with very very strange curios. I wasn't sure if I should be afraid or excited. On top of it all the food is very good.[Bob, 09/05/2010]
For the past 30 years I've been going to the Texas Taco. You will have the best beef and bean burritos ever. The chili is incredible and delicious. Tacos are crispy and tasty.
The place is a museum of old artifacts from the 40's - 60's. And don't forget to visit the bathroom before you leave. An unbelievable experience that you will come back to over and over again. Don't be scared when the lady of the house comes out with purple hair. She will take your order. Then you can explore. All I can say is have fun. And maybe we'll run into each other.[Philip Klipper, 01/30/2010]
I remember the Muffler Man at the Texas Taco and I DEFINITELY remember Rosemary. She (he) cooked up the best food in all of New York State! We used to drive an hour and a half just to eat at Texas Taco. She used to give out boxes of wooden Texas Taco matches with little faces drawn on all of the match heads![Stuart Schwartz, 05/29/2007]
Responding to Zardoz's comments of 8/28/1999: There is nothing Rocky Horror about Rosemary's makeup. It is thick, yes, but she certainly does not deserve that stereotype.
Moreover, Rosemary did not just fall by the wayside. Rosemary chose this spot in which to make her art, and her tacos. She was a professional dancer, actually, and her art has been shown in numerous prestigous museums and venues.
There is nothing "accidental" about Rosemary Jamison. To state or imply otherwise is a gross error (And you don't create what Rosemary has on an 'acid trip'). Zardoz should look a little deeper to truly absorb the roadside experience.[Freddie, 04/11/2007]
The Texas Taco
I really think Texas Taco, Towners, NY, deserves inclusion in your sites. I first visited "Mary" or "Rosemary" in the summer of 1993 when road-tripping through Towners which is pretty much a backwater about ten miles from Danbury CT. What drew us to Texas Taco was what we saw IN BACK OF THE BUILDING. It was a sculpture garden the likes of which I have never seen. I really can't give an adequate description except to say that it looked like the funkiest junkyard in the world. There was Spike Jones and Al Jolson tunes blaring from hidden loudspeakers in the trees, a monkey in a cage, parrots and a ring-tailed lemur lurking about.
If the outdoor "veranda" wasn't enough, you have to meet "Rosemary" inside to order the Tex-Mex cuisine. Rosemary hasn't changed a bit over the years. Her hair is usually electric blue and she takes her make-up tips from the Rocky Horror school of Beauty. Oh, Rosemary must be in her 50s...I imagine she ended up in Towners coming back from Woodstock because her truck broke down. The Truck is parked in the lot and it is festooned wioth all kinds of bizarre trinkets...dolls heads, seashells, radio knobs. Indoors is just like something out of a wild Acid trip. Robots, mannequins, huge WW2 model Bombers hanging from the ceiling. Like i SAID...YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT.[Zardoz, 08/28/1999]