Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Restaurant Roundup: LOCO Tapas & Wine Bar

(It has been an extraordinarily long time since I wrote a damn restaurant review. I have a boatload of different places to write about - and pictures ready to go - but I keep putting them off.  Well, no longer!)

LOCO Tapas & Wine Bar in South Easton is a fairly new find of mine. Someone had recommended the place to my best friend and then, practically the next day, there was a Groupon deal for it! Needless to say, we swooped in on the deal and headed on over.

On our first visit we sat in the dining room, which was nice, but we opted for the comfy lounge couches the second time around! After settling in, I immediately started perusing the wine & drinks lists. There are lots of different options, so you are sure to find something that'll spark up your taste buds. Both times, I sipped a wicked Caipirinha. The red sangria was good too, especially glorious in it's giant goblet. ;)

Left to right: Red sangria; regular Caipirinha; berry Caipirinha

Okay, so onto the best part - the food, of course! Seriously, there hasn't been one thing at LOCO that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed eating. Snag a piece of bread from the swirly wire bread basket and dip it into some olive oil while digging into the menu. I totally want one of these baskets for my house...too cute!

Two of my favorites have been the Patatas Bravas and the Smoked Chicken & Ham Croquettes. The Patatas Bravas are a tapas menu staple - crispy on the outside and tender within, the mini skillet of potatoes boasts a spicy tomato sauce beneath and a cooling aioli drizzled atop. And while the croquettes might sound rather plain, they are not to be missed. Trust me on this one!

Ooh, and the Pincho Platter was served on a gorgeous wooden board and topped with all kinds of goodies. Spiced almonds, figs wrapped in Serrano ham, mini peppers stuffed with a deliciously strong cheese [aka "love bites"] and small toasts topped with quince jam and Manchego cheese. What I wouldn't do for one of those figs right now - mmmmm!

Top: Pincho platter
 Bottom: Patatas Bravas; croquettes

The empanadas were smaller than others I've had, but I'm a sucker for pulled pork so onto my plate they went. The LOCO "mac n" Manchego was rich and creamy beneath the buttery crumb sprinkling. And the super thin-crusted flatbread of the evening was a masterpiece of veggies and meat.

Left to right: empanadas; mac n cheese, flatbread

Of course, most of the menu is comprised of tapas but there are a few main course dishes available, as well as evening specials. My bestie and I split the Rioja Braised Short Ribs, which were mouthwateringly tender and served with creamy mashed potatoes and fabulous roasted summer veggies. A bit of everything in one forkful was seriously too good for words.

Well, we've eaten this much already...might as well get dessert, right? Truthfully, I've been far too stuffed to eat dessert but I'm not one to pass up churros! The tall sticks of deep-fried goodness come out, beautifully presented in a tall glass vase and dusted generously with powdered sugar. A side of melted chocolate for dipping is just the icing on the cake...uhh, churro.

Even just thinking about the meals I've eaten at LOCO is enough to fill me up. Obviously, I totally recommend this place! It is the perfect place for an evening out with friends or a date night...or if you are completely craving churros. :)

LOCO Tapas & Wine Bar is located at 520 Foundry Street (Route 106), South Easton MA. 
(Note: I found it easy to pass by the restaurant, as it is set back a bit from the road, so look for the Subway shop on the left and LOCO is right across the street.)

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