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Nov 7, 2006 08:43 PM

Cafe Posa Cosa

Yet again we had the best meal at CPC - its really a treat to go to a consistantly good place, and, not have to be concerned that you are suggesting a restaurant that just doesn't deliver - no problem here!

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  1. I haven't been back since '01 - perhaps I ought to give it another shot. This was my experience five years ago (search for the word "Whopper" in the page):

    1. I finally went for the first time on Friday night. It was busy, I called ahead to find out the wait time and the hostess told me it would be 30-45 minutes. We arrived and we prepared to wait at the bar. The hostess said she was going to try to seat us quickly. I said, "Great, we'll order drinks and wait at the bar." She said, "No time for drinks, I'm seating you now!"

      So that was a great start. Mom and I both got the mid-range house margarita. Wow, was it good! You could taste the fresh orange juice.

      We started on the chips and sauce. The sauce was delicious. I have to say, it may be the best sauce I've ever had. Smokey and full of cilantro and just enough heat. So great!

      The waitress came and explained the chalkboard menu to us. Mom chose the Pollo Picadillo and I took a chance on the Plata Poca Cosa, the chef's choice of three dishes. I liked the fact that EVERY plata is different. So if 2 or 3 people at the table order it, you get to try 6 or 9 things!!

      The margarita's went down far too easily, but we stopped at just one. Water for us for the rest of the night.

      The plates arrived and they were beautiful and HUGE! So much food on the plate.

      I have to say, my only complaint, and it's not really much of a complaint, is the actual plates. The plates are so packed with food that I found it hard to actually eat the food. I'm not the most graceful lady around, but I'm not a complete oaf! Mom and I both found ourselves accidentally pushing stuff off the plates and making a general mess.

      A lovely fresh salad is on each plate and it makes the plates a little unweildy. No biggie. The sides of rice, beans and corn tortillas arrived with the meals.

      Mom's picadillo was super. She'd never had anything like it. I was raised in Louisiana, and for us, Tex-Mex was/is Mexican food, so this was foreign. My mom actually said, "I wouldn't exactly call this Mexican food." The chicken was so tender and juicy. Delish!

      My plata had birria, which is traditionally made with goat, but CPC does it with beef. It's shredded and simmered with tomato, chile and bay leaves. Kinda similar in texture to ropa vieja. Wonderful! This was my fave! Next was the pollo mole. I don't have an extensive background in mole and apparently, I've never had a good one, because this was really good. I don't know if I'd order it as my main entree, but a nice addition to my combo plate! My third dish was the veggie option for the night, a tamale pie. It was so good -- creamy and corny and cheesey. Comfort food.

      Overall, I was very happy. Our bill before tip was $65.

      Can't wait to go back!

      1. Where is this gem located?

        1. It's located at 101 Pennington in downtown Tucson.

          1. I love Poca Cosa because they consistently make great food and the menu changes so I don't get bored.