I first went to Coco's with 3 others several weeks after it opened in 2010; at that time I had a wonderful braised pork shoulder for my entree, others had a very bad meal, as the kitchen was overwhelmed and their chickens came out raw... It turned out the owner was trying an experiment - to let people in the Cellar Bar, beneath the restaurant, order food... They just couldn't handle the demand. They no longer do that. Our whole meal was comp'd and they encouraged us to try again another time.
Things were much better the second time around but there were no specials, and the menu is very restricted. Having said that, for appetizers the tomato and basil soup was excellent, but even better was the fried brussel sprouts were worth coming back for.
Likewise for dessert, the chocolate mousse with a hint of heat was memoriable (wonderful).
Our disappointment was with the choice of (5) main courses. We each had to settle, rather then being excited about our selections. Eggplant parmagiana was too heavy and oily and the fried chicken, though well cooked, moist and flavorful, served with garlic mashed potatoes, wasn't a special meal. Other main courses included meatballs over polenta (?). The interesting dish I did not try was a salmon with coriander - but I'd recently had salmon. No real meat entree was offered (other then the meatballs).
The restaurant is lovely, with wide plank wood floors, brick walls and subdued lighting (but not too dark). Wines by the glass are limited, but reasonable (except that they lack a less then dry white wine).
This is a restaurant I'd like to see succeed, and understand their need for a restricted menu. Some items were truly excellent, but they need to rethink and expand their entrees just a bit before I'd come back... I still miss the roasted pork shoulder from the first visit.
Prices are reasonable.
I'd like to think the restaurant is still evolving.
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