This was our first visit to Coco and being a known Francophile, I should have been here prior to this. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon of the Memorial Day weekend, so the place was fairly empty. We were advised that the kitchen wasn't serving many specials and they were out of some items, which was disappointing. I think if you are a restaurant and you open your doors, every diner deserves your best service and food. No excuses.
Regardless, we loved the ambience and decor. We peeked at the patio and it was a delightful space. I hope to eat there this summer. It was spacious and welcoming. But the inside was so fabulous, I had to spend the meal there. There are many French bistro touches...brick walls, chalkboards, wood floors, high ceilings, multi-tier dining, large windows looking out on Main Street, and an awesome bar. It was lovely!! Reminds me of the Left Bank Restaurant.
Service was by a cute young server who was a little too casual for my tastes, but still sweet and congenial. We had cocktails, beer, and wine. Bread was delicious with a terrific white bean spread that I could eat by the bucket. We ordered two salads, which they split in the kitchen.... THANK YOU....... And they were lovely and fresh. The French Country Salad had walnuts, beets, and chèvre cheese and the arugula salad was the perfect fresh peppery mix I wanted.
On to dinner. There were three of us and we split the Proscuitto and Pea Pizza and two orders of mussels. The pizza was great...salty and with a thin crust. The Thai Curry Mussels were excellent, with a delicious broth. The Dark and Stormy Mussels were very good, with the anise flavor coming through, but I couldn't taste the ginger beer or other flavors in the description. The mussels came in little pots and the servings were very generous....a few dozen. A very good meal. Dessert? I would have loved it!!! But we were told they were "out of almost everything" when we asked what they had, which turned us off so much we said, "Never mind". But, if your doors are open and so is my wallet, you should serve me as you would serve a Saturday night customer.
There were several mussel preparations and several trout preparations. Evidently the trout is served whole... I am not a fan of the whole bone and head thing, so I steered clear. But if you don't like mussels or trout or pizza.....hmmmmm.......kind of a limited menu. We ate well and were happy, but if you plan on trying Coco, check the menu online before you go, as it may not have what you're looking for.
All in all, a great spot for the return of Main Street and the Medical Campus. I will definitely return.
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