COA Mexican Eatery and Tequileria offer Mexican fare with a fresh look
COA Mexican Eatery and Tequileria offers a menu of fresh Mexican items along with some old standards.
Seattle Times staff reporter
COA Mexican Eatery and TequileriaMexican
7919 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle,
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 2-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. till late; closed Sunday
Etc: All major credit cards; parking in adjacent lot, no obstacles to access.
COA bills itself as a modern Mexican joint. That means you won't find the stereotypical chain-restaurant fare here — the gloppy layers of melted cheese, the same-old tired sauce, the bland red rice. COA is trying much harder than that. Sure, some entrees will be familiar — carne asada, fajitas — but they'll be made with care, from scratch. For the most part, everything is fresh and bright and plated up nicely.
The menu: There are the "tradiciones Mexicanas" — full entrees. And the "de la calle" dishes — inexpensive Mexican street food. The idea, said owner Edgar Carreon, was to create a neighborhood place and offer a range of price points.
Yes, there are tacos — asada or carnitas, for $3 a pop. A generous tamale ($5) comes stuffed with pork and dolloped with crema. Chips arrive free of charge, along with smokey red salsa. There's also a huge selection of specialty tequilas.
What to write home about: Our table had divergent opinions. One wanted to mop up every bit of the mole poblano ($13), a version with chicken and a richly flavored simmered sauce that was (thankfully) less sweet than others we've tried around town. Another focused on the tequila prawns ($14) topped with toasted almond slivers. We did happily agree on the homemade guacamole ($5, for a bowl of that and pico de gallo) and the carnitas.
Happy hour runs from 2 to 7 p.m., with the regular prices on most "de la calle" items ratcheted back a buck or two — nothing over $5. There are also drink discounts ($3 for house wine or beer). COA also offers discounts for those who check in on Twitter, Facebook or Foursquare.
What to skip: The service, while warm, smacked of inexperience. Our server was stumped when we asked for recommendations. She brought appetizers and entrees all at once. Hopefully, the kinks will be worked out.
The setting: The dining room is cozy, with a welcoming feel, a place where you get the idea it's OK to come with a group and push a few tables together. There's a bar and a patio.
Summing up: Two entrees, two tacos, a tamale, and chips with guacamole and two salsas — enough to feed three — came to $47.
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