Eat Tucson: Cafe Poca Cosa

Two weeks ago, I traveled to the wild wild west – Tucson, AZ for a two day work trip.  A co-worker accompanied me and after our 3.5 hour flight, we were starving as soon as we hit the ground. With about 5 hours before our networking dinner that evening, we decided to check out a local restaurant for lunch and of course hit up Yelp for some advice on local Mexican restaurants. We were excited to see one of the top picks, Cafe Poca Cosa, was really close by and open for lunch – so we ventured over to the restaurant to dig in to some western Mexican flavors.

We weren’t really sure what to expect and I think we were looking for more typical Mexican food but were delighted by the menu and ambiance at Cafe Poca Cosa. It was tucked away into an unassuming white building, but once we walked through the doors were amazed by the cleanliness and trendiness of the restaurant. Bright reds, corals, and even black which make it seem bold, yet elegant dining setting. Chef/owner Suzana Davila changes her menu twice a day to keep things fresh and new to her customers and uses all fresh ingredients that infuse some amazing flavors. Her salsa was to-die-for – sweet and tangy, yet with a hint of spice.

Lunch menu at Cafe Poca Cosa

In the pic above, you’ll see the lunch menu choices for the day – keep in mind that a brand new menu will be featured for the dinner crowd. I chose the desembrada con chipotles, which a shredded beef slow cooked in a ton of spices. It was flanked with corn tortillas, a slice of pineapple, and a fresh salad with balsamic.  We also had rice and beans served family style to share with our meals.

Desembrada con chipotles

This meal was absolutely delicious! I couldn’t get enough of the flavors and the juiciness of the tomatoes atop the beef. It was a hearty portion, even by dinner standards, and was completely filling. I washed it all down with a glass of their homemade ice tea, which was infused with fruit. Delicious! I’d definitely recommend this restaurant if you’re ever in Tucson. It’s not your  typical Mexican fare, but it’s a delightful change-up to the traditional and is full of amazing flavors that I promise will not disappoint you!

 

 

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