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Unexpectedly Blown Away by Poca Cosa - Review by Pamela C | Cafe Poca Cosa

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Unexpectedly Blown Away by Poca Cosa 1/2/2007

My husband and I, who spend a few months in Tucson each winter, decided as a New Year Resolution to try out some of the local Top Ten restaurants. Poca Cosa was one of our first choices, and our goal was not easily accomplished. First of all, it's location successfully eluded us for a good 45 minutes; not only is it quite well hidden (underneath a parking garage!) but all the teeny creepy one way streets in downtown Tucson create a maze to drive one insane. As far as parking goes, just give it up and use that upstairs parking garage, you will NOT find parking on the street. Given that we did arrive at Poca Cosa during an off time (330 PM) with the restaurant mostly empty, we were completely ignored standing at the door until we finally got rude with the hostess and demanded to be seated. Then we sat there without menus for about 5 minutes. Little did we realise that was because there ARE NO menus at Poca Cosa! The waiter comes by and shows you a little blackboard with the dozen items on the menu that day. My husband and I have spent plenty of time in Mexico, but we had no idea what any of the menu selections were! Certainly no tacos or enchiladas here! Luckily, the cheerful waiter patiently explained what each of the selections consisted of. Our food showed up very quickly, and we were absolutely amazed by the size of the portions and by the lovely presentation. The entree comes with a salad made of wonderful fresh greens and gorgeous, brightly colored vegetables and fruits, with bowls of home made beans and rice on the side, and a basket of chubby home made corn tortillas. And the taste! DIOS MIO! So rich and intricate, spicy but playfully so! I was just so delighted but could only finish my salad and a few bites of the entree as it was just so darned much food! I think I will get three meals out of that $13 lunch. The cuisine style at Poca Cosa is certainly not what I think of when I think Mexican, excepting what I once experienced at an upscale Sunday brunch buffet at a place just off the zocalo in Mexico City. It may be more accurate to call it Mexican INSPIRED cuisine. In summation, Poca Cosa is difficult to find, and to find parking, but it's a wonderful find; my experience with the waitperson and the food was without fault, and I will definately be back, guests in tow! more
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