Caliente Cuisine in Kittery
Not much could have made the first quarter of the Pats game this past Sunday less painful. But I happened to be planted on a stool at Loco Coco’s Tacos in Kittery (35 Walker Street, 207-438-9322, www.locococos.com). It’s amazing what good food does to combat a bad mood!
As the Ravens ravished Brady and Co. on the field, I similarly attacked the delicious food in front of me: California Fries, aka, french fries and steak smothered with cheddar cheese, lettuce, guacamole, fresh salsa, sour cream, jalepeno peppers and dry ricotta cheese. With this dish, Loco’s has taken a Franco-Maine staple (Poutine – fries, cheese curds, and gravy) and given it a spicy, Mexican makeover. It’s ridiculously delicious. I will drive from Camden to Kittery with the sole purpose of devouring this dish.
The Carne Asada Burrito was just as delectable, though not quite as decadent. Fresh flavors packed (and I mean stuffed to the brim) in a remarkably delicious tortilla. The homemade chips are crisp, well-salted, and, I learned, a satisfying accompaniment to watching your team go down in flames.
Everything at the five-year-old joint is made on site (except for the tortillas, which come from Boston). It is Southern Maine’s answer to Brunswick’s El Camino, though the atmosphere is a bit more casual in Kittery.
At Loco’s, you can get take-out, eat in the take-out counter service area (complete with its own salsa bar), or sit in the recently added cantina and full-service room fashioned with TVs.
I washed down all of this scrumptious food with a freshly squeezed Margarita. (The bar offers more than a dozen kinds of tequila.) It was tart and strong — perfect, really. And to top it all off, Loco’s is cheap. A huge burrito is only eight bucks. De verdad, estoy loca por Coco’s.