This hidden treasure is way off the beaten path, but well worth the drive through the scenic Applegate Valley. Discovered it about two years ago and have been back several times and have always been pleased with the food. It is virtually unknown outside the immediate rural area, but the quality is so good that the patronage of the locals keeps it in business. It is
not typical Mexican fare, much lighter, healthier fare. It's kind of a little hippie place with a bar and live music on week nights
They use high quality ingredients; some locally grown produce, some is organic and GMO-free and meat from free-range beef and poultry raised without artificial hormones or antibiotics. They sell some locally made salsas and sauces. I never eat cole slaw in a restaurant as it is usually nasty, but after trying a sample of theirs, which does not have mayo dressing, I am a big fan. They also have some tasty spicy pickled veggies which goes well with any main dish.
There's a nice selection of beers (some on tap), wine, hard cider, kombucha, sodas, etc. I always go for the Fevertree Ginger Beer.
Yesterday I took a friend who was visiting from out of town and she was duly impressed and bought about $40 of their sauces and ginger beer to take home. We both had the Hippie Bowl, which consists of rice, pinto beans, cole slaw, crema, and you can have meat added for an extra charge. Very tasty.
The only negative comment I could possibly make is that they are not open on the weekends. I highly recommend Cocina 7 for any one who lives or visits the Rogue Valley to take the time to enjoy a leisurely drive and a great meal.
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