Report Card: Cuco’s Taqueria

Cuco's Taqueria on Henderson

Cuco’s Taqueria on Henderson

Cuco's Mexican Taqueria on Urbanspoon

http://cucostaqueria.com/

Overall GrubGrade B

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B:  Sigh…another strip mall restaurant.  Sometimes, these strip mall restaurants turn out to be a nice surprise.  But in the case of Cuco’s, our expectations were met but definitely not exceeded.  We visited on a Monday, at around 3pm.  The dining crowd at that time was fairly sparse.  Authentic “Mexican” décor on the inside and traditional strip mall shabby on the outside, we entered Cuco’s hoping that the food outshined the atmosphere.  The place was clean and the tables were nicely spaced.  There wasn’t anything about the atmosphere at Cuco’s that was negative, but nothing reached out and grabbed us either.

High marks:  Clean, theme-appropriate decor

Low marks:   Looks like just about every other small Mexican restaurant we’ve seen

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Service:  Grade C+:  Our server, Rene, did an okay job of taking care of us.  There were no glaring errors with our order, and the wait was the traditional “slightly longer than McDonald’s” wait that we get from most authentic Mexican restaurants.  But, there was a little extended wait for some of our drinks.  The big complaint about the service was that it was just blah.  The staff did the bare minimum to meet our needs.

High marks:  Accurate, fast service

Low marks:   Very basic service…no extras involved

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Food/Spirits:  Grade B:  The food and drink quality at Cuco’s Taqueria is what saved the place from getting a bad overall grade.  Since food (and to some degree, drink) quality is the most important aspect of the dining experience, we weigh this category the most when determining the overall grade.  We munched on the traditional chips and salsa while we waited for our margaritas to be prepared.  The chips and salsa were serviceable, but there are definitely places where the chips and salsa are better (i.e. Las Margaritas).  Katina selected a strawberry margarita and I ordered a mango margarita.  Both margaritas were tasty, but weak.  The key to a great margarita is to be able to taste a hint of the tequila behind the initial flavor of the margarita mix.  When we can’t detect any of that tequila “bite,” then we’re pretty sure the barkeep is going a little light on the good stuff.  If you want to see what a really well prepared margarita tastes like, go to Cantina Laredo (you’ll also find the best chips and salsa there, too).  For her entrée, Katina ordered the Tri-Color Enchiladas.  Of the three enchiladas included in this dish (beef, chicken, and cheese), Katina thought the chicken enchilada had the best flavor.  I settled on the Burrito Don Cuco.  My previous experience with burritos is that they are usually out of balance, with the burritos containing a ton of veggies, rice and beans with just a smattering of meat.  That certainly wasn’t the case here.  The addition of chorizo to the traditional chicken or beef makes for a burrito chock full of meat and deliciousness.  What a nice surprise.

High marks:  Really good burrito              

Low marks:   Average chips and salsa, weak margaritas

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Value:  Grade A:  The bill was pretty reasonable considering we each had a margarita.  Had the food been of slightly higher quality, an A+ would have been a slam dunk for Cuco’s Taqueria.  While Cuco’s was far from our favorite small Mexican eating establishment, it gets some pretty rave reviews from other sources.  It is probably worth your while to visit at least once, but as for us, we can say “been there, done that.”  No real need to repeat.

High marks:   Very reasonable prices

Low marks:   Better quality out there, in our opinion

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