SERVICE: Great service. The bartender offered a sip of a new bottle as we talked food options. The wait staff checked on me often and there was delivery without wait and everything hot off the grill. I don’t give 10s and 9s are hard to make but this was as close as it gets. 8.5 would be more like it.
AMBIENCE: Cocina sits in a retail, office and residential complex that popped up in the past few years. I would describe it as urban upscale techie as most folks work at Apple Yahoo and the like. It’s casual and friendly and I would even bring the kids…. if I liked kids. There is also limited outdoor seating, a plus.
APPEARANCE: If you have not seen or read prior reviews, I look for color, layers, portion size, and that something special, like trip-color chips. This is a great platter. It has great balance of everything. What would put it over the top would be a touch more in proportion and maybe a touch more sour cream….. if I have to be picky
TASTE: I asked for steak but the chef tossed carnitas on top. The waitress offered to remake but I love that just as much so no foul. Turned out to be a good call as the carnitas was excellent, great flavor, even some char. Really, this is a fantastic nacho platter with almost perfect balance. Standouts were those thick and crunch house chips and the meat. The one miss was that would have liked more cheese. The holy trinity is CHIPS CHEESE & MEAT.
VALUE: My platter of nachos was $4 less than then Jesse’s tacos so I give them better than average. What would up the rank would be more nachos or $1 lower in price for what I got. Again, I am one picky SOB
SPECIAL NOTE: If I could give some 1/2 points to the categories Cocina would have got a solid 37 -37.5 Congrats as it is, and that's not the tequila talking.