Saturday, July 10, 2010
Poco a Poco
Just opened on Hyde Park Square in Cincinnati, Poco a Poco definitely is something different for the neighborhood. It's a casual, limited menu Mexican eatery with the slogan "Eat a Little. Drink a Little. Live a Little." (Their website is still under construction so if you click on the link, you may not find much there yet.)
We dropped in for dinner on their second night of operation and had plenty of company.
There are a few special cocktails and an array of small plates, all within about $6 - $15, along with a short wine list.
We started with guacamole and chips -- tasty, although the guac could have had more kick, IMHO. My guava cooler was perfect with the salty tortilla chips; my husband had a bottle of Mexican beer.
We split three small plates after that: excellent shrimp and calamari seviche, grilled chicken skewers with an interesting, sweet sauce, and a Mexican corn stew called pozole. We also each had a glass of wine.
Somehow, this added up to $71 plus tip. (Not too surprising, I guess, given the way that drinks and glasses of wine add up!) It was satisfying, though, and as far as we could tell, the food was going over well at neighboring tables.
I predict it will be a hit, given how people love Mexican food and this is a worthy, non-ordinary version of the cuisine.