Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Restaurant Review: Coa

(First off, sorry for the delay in posts--I can't believe I haven't blogged since Sept. 8! It seems I have been busy with being out of town (camping and up north) and lots of leftovers and dinners from the salad bar and boxes of mac and cheese. I hope to be back at it from here on out!)

A few weeks ago, on a Thursday after work, my friend Ann and I went to Coa, at Bayshore, for dinner. I had heard good things about it, and had been over the menu a few times. After Ann took one look at the menu, she was in for checking it out!

We started with the complimentary chips and salsa, which were both very good. The chips tasted very fresh and the salsa had just at ting of heat and was also fresh. Ann had a Mexican beer and I had the light margarita, which was really good. I believe it was made with white wine and wasn't nearly as sweet as a regular margarita.

We decided to each get one taco and then split two of the hot small plates. Ann ordered the chorizo taco, which, unfortunately, wasn't that great. It didn't have the great flavor chorizo normally has and wasn't the least bit spicy. The meat in the taco tasted more like ground beef. It just didn't stand out. She also got an order of the coa beans: pinto beans, chorizo, Dos Equis beer and bacon. They were tasty!

I had the barbacoa taco, something I'd never had. The taco came with marinated beef brisket, orange chipotle hot sauce and chayote relish.

For the hot small plates, we shared two great ones. The first was queso fundido: hot melted cheese with peppers, tomatoes and onions served with warm tacos. It was delicious. It was also tasty with the tortilla chips. We also had the spinach empanadas with cheese and sauces.

Overall, we had a good experience. the food was really tasty, and there is plenty more on the menu we'd go back for. We'd probably sit at the bar next time, too (if we went early enough) to take advantage of the happy hour specials: selected half-price appetizers and drinks.

1 comment:

  1. I have to agree with the beans comment. They were excellent, probably the highlight of my meal when I dined there. (I had a few of the tacos, including the Nueske's bacon, which was good.)