Los Cucos Mexican Cafe

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Los Cucos

Los Cucos

According to my wife Los Cucos in Colombia is another term for underwear.  Luckily this isn’t a Colombian restaurant, but a Mexican one.  I didn’t find any dirty underwear in here at all.  It wasn’t the best Mexican I’ve had in Salt Lake, but it was clean, the service was outstanding, and the food was still above average with the chips and salsa stealing the show.

Chips and Salsa

Chips and Salsa

You not only get a basket of warm chips with your meal, but you get not one but two cups of salsa.  The chips and salsa here were great.  I have been on a somewhat of an unlucky streak when it comes to chips and salsa.  Either the salsa isn’t very good and the chips are great, or the chips are too thick and not very good, but the salsa is good.  When you get both salsa and chips both tasty at the same time, it is a thing of beauty.  These chips here at Los Cucos were my favorite part of the meal.  They were thin and crispy and salted just right.  They weren’t too thin either that would prevent you from scooping up your salsa like the chips at Chilis.  The salsa here was fantastic as well.  The red salsa was actually served warm.  I even was able to combine both salsa flavors together for a tasty treat.

Descriptive Menus

Descriptive Menus

One thing I appreciated about the menus was the amount of pictures in them.  It gave you a good sense of what types of food you could order from.  Not pictured here was the kids menu, that was actually very cheap.  Most sit down restaurants give you a kids menu with prices ranging from $6 to $8 a plate.  Los Cucos has most of their kid options at $4 or $5 each, which was very reasonable.

Fried Avocado

Fried Avocado

One of the menu items that caught my eye was the fried stuffed avocado.  The one above was a good size avocado filled with carne asada meat.  It was very tasty.  Each plate comes with an accompanying taco of some sort.

Chili Relleno

Chili Relleno

I went with the chili relleno and taco combination with a cup of chicken tortilla soup.  I really liked the cheese inside the chili relleno, it was different cheese from the cheese that was smothered on top, which was a good thing.  It gives you more variety in the flavor instead of overpowering you with just one just one type of cheese.  The flour tortillas were also good in that they didn’t taste store-bought or stale.  They tasted like they were made in-house, soft and chewy.  The only thing I would have done different here is not have my cup of soup on the plate itself.  It made the plate a bit too crowded, and I ended up spilling have my soup when I tipped it over.  (disclaimer:  I’m a bit clumsy sometimes)

Finally the service was got was fantastic.  I usually don’t give or take away too many points on service.  As long as its adequate and my water stays topped off, then I’m happy.  However on this occasion, the service went above and beyond.  We mentioned to our waiter how much we enjoyed the chips and salsa while finishing our meal.  He went back into the kitchen and brought us a paper bag full of chips, with two huge 20 ounce containers filled with each type of salsa.  My wife and I literally enjoyed those chips over the next 4 or 5 days there was so much.  We definitely felt well taken care of and will be back.

Overall, this place was a solid choice for dinner.  I’m not going to use the word amazing here, because it didn’t blow me away, but when we left, everyone in our group was happy with the time we spent at Los Cucos, and we will definitely be back.  The restaurant was clean and spacious.  The service was quick and friendly, and the food was tasty, especially the chips and salsa.  Good job Los Cucos, and not bad for an Underwear Restaurant.  :)

 

 

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  1. This is a really great review. Your photos really enhance your reviews and I really enjoy all of them.

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