I’m Cuckoo for Cocolito’s in Orem UT

I am, and have always been, a huge fan of food. I’ve eaten and enjoyed food from the four corners of the earth, from Lebanon to Russia, India, China, Japan, Italy, France, South America…I’ve yet to come across a type of food I didn’t enjoy.

Living in Utah, I must admit there isn’t always a ton to do. One of my I and my wife’s favorite past times is discovering new and wonderful places to eat. Having served a mission in Utah, I already have dozens of favorites, from St. George to Vernal and everywhere in between.

A recent discovery and new favorite of ours is Cocolito’s, a Mexican restaurant located at the corner of 800 North and 800 East in Orem, UT. It is a family owned business, with the husband running the kitchen, and the wife and daughters tending the patrons. Of all the Mexican food places in Utah, this is absolutely my favorite. The food is much less greasy than most Mexican food restaurants I’ve visited. They use black beans instead of pinto for their re-fried beans. Their chips and salsa are excellent. The entrees are to die for (I mean, my arteries can’t last forever 🙂 ). Everything is clean, the decor is fantastic, and everyone is super friendly. Overall, an excellent restaurant in all regards.

From the chicken enchiladas to the steak fajitas, the mushroom burrito to the chimichanga, I’ve never had better. Whatever you order, you won’t be disappointed. As a bonus, if you come Monday to Thursday, between 5 and 6:30, you get a free drink if you order something from their combo menu.

The prices are a little higher than some places, but lower than others (cough, Los Hermanos). My wife and I usually get out for $20-$25 dollars, including the tip. I love all kinds of food, but Cocolito’s is getting a goodly portion of my attention. I highly recommend it!

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UPDATE: Alas, the economy appears to have taken its toll. Prices at Cocolito’s appear to be higher and the portions definitely look smaller. The lunch specials are still a great deal, but I can no longer recommend Cocolito’s as a dinner option 🙁

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