Thursday, May 24, 2012

Coco's Bakery and Restaurant {Review}

Coco’s Bakery and Restaurant is a family-style chain of restaurants with over 110 locations throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. With a menu of traditional American breakfasts and salads, steaks, chicken and seafood for lunch and dinner, you can't go wrong with this classic family dining experience for any meal. Bacon and eggs for breakfast? Yep, Coco's is where you want to go! They also specialize in freshly baked pies, cakes, muffins, cookies, biscuits and more. Believe me, I had to restrain myself from grabbing a slice of pie on our way out!
Coco's recently introduced a new Organic Premium Fair Trade Coffee. Their Organic Premium Coffee Program is a partnership with family farmers to purchase 100% organic, fair trade coffee, grown using the sustainable process of argo-forestry and roasted specifically for Coco's restaurants. Coco's is all about family, and this program is helping support family farmers and sustainable production of their coffee. At just $2.49, a cup of Coco's Organic Premium Fair Trade Coffee is a bargain!

Another way that Coco's is supporting local family farmers is through their new breakfast menu featuring fresh, seasonal California strawberries. I was thrilled to take my little family out to breakfast over the weekend! It was a busy Saturday at the Citrus Heights, Ca location, bustling with full tables. I ordered the Fresh Strawberry Breakfast Supreme for $9.99. It included a stack of buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh glazed strawberries and whipped cream, and a plate with scrambled eggs, bacon, and hash browns. We had the option of sausage instead of bacon (or some of each), or breakfast potatoes or seasonal fruit instead of hash browns. They also have a Fresh Strawberry French Toast Combo or the Fresh Strawberry Belgian Waffle Combo for just $9.29 each. 

Fresh Strawberry Breakfast Supreme

I actually split the meal with my husband since it was really quite a bit of food. I took the pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream of course! :) It was absolutely delicious. Pancakes and maple syrup gets boring and this was a refreshing change for sure. It didn't quite get to the point of tasting like a dessert, but it was sweet and full of flavor. Coco's efforts to use only the freshest ingredients really showed in this dish. My hubby enjoyed his plate also, and ultimately Buddy enjoyed a few bites from each of us too along with his kid's meal.

Despite the best efforts of our waitress, we didn't have the best experience we could have had at Coco's. Sadly, just as our meal was being served, our waitress informed us that Buddy's choice of Oatmeal & Fruit from the kid's menu was all out! This was quite disappointing to learn just as we were being served our food, but our waitress did her best to get Buddy's second choice to him right away (although it was a piece at a time as they were ready....first the fruit, then the toast, then the eggs). I think was due in part to possibly being short staffed and lack of communication with the kitchen. Our waitress also forgot to refill our waters after we had asked, and it did take a while to get our bill. Still, the restaurant was clean and I really appreciated the happy, smiley faces of the hostess and our waitress. They seemed happy to be there and really kept the whole family feel of the restaurant. I thoroughly cleaned my plate of buttermilk pancakes and fresh strawberries and that is what I will remember most!

Disclosure: I received a gift card to Coco's to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. This is my completely honest opinion above and may be different from yours.