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“Fair food but great drinks”

Cuckoo's Nest Mexican Food
Ranked #50 of 84 Restaurants in Old Saybrook
Price range: $6 - $24
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed January 13, 2013

I eat at Cuckoo's Nest every couple of years with friends and the food is consistently underwhelming. It's not bad exactly, it's just nothing special. Think sit-down Taco Bell - but with drinks. The rice and beans are bland fillers, and the main entrees are so-so and can be hit or miss. Last fall the empanadas at lunch were pretty good but last week at dinner they were overcooked and crunchy. (Two empanadas and a glass of wine came to $24.) I think the trick is to order a of couple beers or margaritas and go with fun friends so the food is not the main focus of the meal!

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Cuckoo's Nest does not serve "authentic" Mexican food, if you are from Mexico, but their enchiladas mole and chimichangas are quite good. The margaritas are very nice too, my wife's favorite being the mango margarita. They make them frozen if you wish, and the various flavors are delicious. We've been coming to Cuckoo's Nest for years, and while they don't measure up to fine dining restaurants in southern border states, this is Connecticut. Overall the experience is a pleasurable one, but ask for downstairs seating, as the upstairs service is a bit slow. If you listen carefully you can hear jazz being played on cd in the background. There's a live mariachi band on the 5th of each month if you enjoy live music with your food.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We enjoy the Cuckoo's Nest often. We love the specials they offer that change weekly. I also love tha fact that you can modify almost anything to your liking. The sangria is very good and the bartender will make you a great margarita.It's best to ask your server to suggest witch one would be right for you. Enjoy! We do everytime.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Visited Cuckoo's Nest exactly ONCE with my wife, this summer after moving to the area. I don't know where all these positive reviewers ate, but it wasn't here. The food was not good, not authentic (I have lived in California and Texas, and visited Mexico a number of times), and not well prepared. Overall, our meal was a disappointment. If you just want to eat out, there are many other (better) choices in the area. If you have to have Mexican...sorry, but don't bother with Cuckoo's Nest...it's not the real thing anyway.

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Stayed at the Econolodge next door, and didn't want to drive far for our meal, and as we could walk, went to the restaurant. We did read reviews of other travelers, but chose not to take any notice... a mistake. There was not atmosphere, it was cold too, When we asked the price for a couple of beers, the server had to ask the manager. We ordered enchilladas and burrito, which seemed different on the menu, but when they arrived, both plates looked and tasted the same.
Note to self, take note of reviews in future!

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