About a year ago, I wrote a lukewarm review of Coco500.
I loved what I ate, but I was terribly put off by the attitude and the general "too-big-for-our-britches" attitude. I suppose that on some level, my feeling was (and still is) that if you give yourself the right to ride on the coattails of your former incarnation's reputation, your service had best reflect that you're not a brand-new establishment.
Still, I got called out by Aaron, a virtual old-timer at Coco, for not having given the place a second chance -- not having given it a chance to "grow up", as it were. But the truth is, I've been to Coco500 on numerous occasions since I wrote that review, and I'm a little ashamed that I never updated it. Because while the food hasn't changed, the service has taken a turn for the much, much, better.
We took two out of town friends there this past Saturday evening for their wedding "celebration", and we really enjoyed ourselves. Everything from that most exquisite flatbread and divinge cocktails to the toothsome and meaty flank steak and oh-dear-lord-they-have-roasted-marrow-bones was wonderful.
Service was quite delightful (our waitress is one we've had before, and she's a doll) but... we still missed our potato gratin. She realized it just as we were finishing our entrees, and apologized profusely (and I think comped us a dessert), but are these guys just really overworked? It certainly does beg the question.
I have really come to love Coco500. I send C there for business dinners, have lunches with my part-time-lover*, and love meeting friends for drinks. Do I regret my earlier review? Not even a little bit. Am I thrilled to post this update? You bet your fried-green-beans I am!
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