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“A Disappointment in T or C”

La Cocina Restaurant
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New Mexico
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490 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“A Disappointment in T or C”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

We dined at La Cocina after being unable to dine at another restaurant that closed suddenly due to kitchen problems, and we did not have access to Trip Advisor at that point, so we were flying blind. I am amazed by the reviews that gave La Cocina excellent or very good. Our experience was very bad. We were seated at a tiny table, which hardly accommodated plates and glasses. The chairs were probably the most uncomfortable seats I have ever tried to sit on; hard as rocks and crafted to not fit the human body. The menu offers some steaks - in gigantic proportions, with one exception - a 6 oz steak, but accompanied by an enchilada, rice, beans, a tortilla, etc.! - but we were not attracted by them. We live in a city with dozens of Mexican restaurants, and knowing that Truth or Consequences is not a largely Hispanic town, we did not opt for the Mexican plates. That left the battered-cod dinners. The small strips of fish were cooked beyond well-done; we ate mostly the piles of onion rings. A salad accompanied this, consisting of limp, shredded iceberg lettuce and some grated cheese, exactly what I cannot say. Our waitress was very pleasant, but seemed not to know much about the wines or where they were kept.

La Cocina is on a hill, but it is far from "Alta Cocina." Next time if we can't get into our restaurant of choice we'll buy something at the grocery store and eat in our room.

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Don't waste your time or money”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

The service was terrible & the food was worse. The fajitas had no flavor & I left almost the entire meal on the plate.

The best thing about the experience was reading another yelp review and seeing the phrase, "find a local to pimp-slap you". Hilarious.

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Thank mdedmon
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New Mexico now (lived in Jamaica and Trinidad)
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“great red chile”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

The red chile is authentic and hot. The service is always friendly and fast. There's a nice patio in the summertime, and cowboy art inside. I had red chile cheese enchiladas with an egg, over-easy on top and it was as good as anywhere in Albuquerque (where I am from). I haven't tasted the green chile.

  • Visited December 2012
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Eastpoint, Florida
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124 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Good selection and good food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

Nice atmosphere, very good selection of well prepared food. A little pricey but service is excellent and the food is really good!

Visited September 2012
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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good restaurant and the food is consistantly good.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

This is where I would go to eat a steak...in fact the only place in TorC I would go for that. Nice atmosphere and close to I-25 for travelers....enjoy

Visited September 2012
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Thank Oldmanrathacker K
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