Tex-Mex Down by La Playa: Dining at Cocina 214

Collin Anderson/The Avion Newspaper

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9 Our Score

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Payton Muglia/Advertising Manager

Great view, beautiful establishment, delicious food: new go-to spot. Cocina 214 is a new Tex-Mex restaurant located beachside near the intersection of International Speedway Blvd and Atlantic Avenue.  The establishment offers a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere full of wonderfully friendly waiters and waitresses. The look is modern and open with a gorgeous view of the ocean from nearly every seat thanks to floor length windows which are often open for a gentle sea breeze. Outside, there are tables to eat at, a bar, a lounge with chairs, and even a cornhole game! The layout and essence of this restaurant make it a perfect place for dinner with friends, date night, or anything in between.

When you first arrive, the waiters bring out chips, salsa, and water to you. Fresh made daily ingredients make the food stand out over many other restaurants of the same nature. Salsa, guacamole, tortilla shells, you name it, they make it in-house every morning. Upon first look of your food, everything seems to be colored with fresh ingredients and put together with care. Their meals have such flavors that seemingly explode in your mouth. Even dishes that are usually bland will make you appreciate every bite. The portion size is average. If you order a full-size portion at lunch-time, you will be satisfied but probably not full. However, it is easy to fill the rest of that space with their homemade tortilla chips and salsa or delicious desserts. The food was delivered to the table very quickly, and the orders were accurate.

The pricing for their meals is reasonable for the quality of food you receive. The process of ordering includes choosing an entrée from the menu, picking between a half and full order, deciding to add rice and beans to make it a combo, and then patiently awaiting your delicious meal. Pricing is average for a restaurant of this style. You can anticipate your check to average $20 per person give or take without appetizers or desserts.

During the visit, the manager stopped by the table asking about the food and visit as a whole. The waitress, Courtney, was incredibly nice and helpful. She showed genuine care for this restaurant and her job. Even sitting outside, you will be accommodated and not forgotten. Cocina 214 has an impressive level of hospitality and will not disappoint.

All in all, you can’t beat the community boosting, fun atmosphere and mouthwatering meals. Take a night to treat your taste buds and build relationships with friends.