Boston Restaurant Blog -- December, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
I am not the biggest fan of tapas restaurants, but we sure hit a good one on Saturday night. Loco Tapas and Wine Bar is located on Route 138 in South Easton, which is perhaps not a place you would think of for a restaurant like this, but locals seem to love it, and for good reason; the food is wonderful, and it is not a stretch to say that this was one of the top ten dining experiences in all of 2007 for me.
We called ahead to make sure we would be able to get into Loco and at the time, the place was pretty empty. By the time we arrived, however, a lot of people were waiting for tables (the small dining area didn't help), so we waited at the bar for about a half hour, drinking both red and white sangria (the red was better) while nibbling on a terrific appetizer of various Spanish cheeses with membrillo (quince paste) and crostini (thin slices of toast).
Once seated in Loco's warm, cozy dining room, we skipped getting other appetizers and ordered a couple of main entrees. And what entrees they were; the paella, which was served in a traditional flat pan, was exquisite, was a mouthwatering mix of smoked chicken, mussels, peas, tomatoes, chorizo, and saffron rice. And the Catalan-style baked cannelloni had a delicious mix of pasta, spinach, herbed ricotta, and tomato sauce, all covered by a tasty parmesan crust.
After eating these amazing dishes, we had no room for dessert, but that didn't stop us. The reason we ordered dessert even though we were full was because Loco had churros on the dessert menu. If you don't know what churros are, well, they can perhaps be described as long, slender donuts with cinnamon and sugar on them and served with warm chocolate sauce. Needless to say, they were completely addictive and were gone almost before the waitress placed them on our table.
I was not expecting to love Loco Tapas and Wine Bar, mainly because, as stated before, I am generally not a lover of these types of restaurants. But Loco was so good that even I was impressed, and can't wait to get back, perhaps to try the breaded chicken breast stuffed with hot peppers and herbed cheese. Now If you're thinking that this restaurant will likely be featured on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site, well, you're probably correct. But there is one fly in the ointment, and it is this: Loco is slated to move to another location in January, 2008. And while they will be relocating in a spot not too far from the original, I would like to hold off featuring it until I see the new space and try the food one more time. Stay tuned...
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