Coa at Bayshore Town Center

By | September 15, 2009

Coa is the newest restaurant to open up at the Bayshore Town Center in Glendale. Filling in the long-vacant property previously occupied by Cameron’s Steakhouse, Coa markets itself as offering true-to-taste Mexican street food. Not ever actually having eaten true Mexican street food I can’t say for sure what that means, but the wide variety of appealing tacos and entrés made making a final dinner selection tough. As soon as you sit down, they’ll bring you some sort of extra salty Frito-Lay flavored chip with two types of dip, neither of which in any way resembled the traditional salsa that you expect from most Mexican restaurants, but both of which were spicy and at least decent, but not great. Unable to really decide what I wanted to eat, I decided to get their three taco meal, which offers the most variety on their menu. First you choose whether you prefer white corn tortillas, flour tortillas, or lettuce wraps. From there, you can choose any three of their wide variety of tacos. The three I chose, carne asada, baby back ribs, and chicken, were all terrific and I would definitely eat again. Also included with the tacos was an option of white or Mexican rice as well as black, refried, or their own “coa” beans. I opted for the Mexican rice with refried beans. Normally I enjoy that combination of sides for a Mexican dish, but the both were rather bland and unimpressive. Aside from that, the meal tasted good, was very filling, and the service was not always fast, but at least friendly. It won’t necessarily be my first choice of restaurants when eating at Bayshore, but I’m sure I will end up there again and, assuming the service and some of the food improves once they get more established, I would recommend it to family and friends.

Here’s the info:

Coa
5750 N. Port Washington Road
Glendale, WI 53217
Phone: 414-967-1451
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 1am
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

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  • James

    The food and service was borderline criminal here. It was very bland for what I was expecting. The server was rude, but not too bad overall I guess. This place will be another Cameron’s soon!!!

  • http://www.primakow.net/evan/ Evan

    Who knows. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt because they’re brand new, but it does appear as if that location is a bit cursed.

  • Peter

    Glad to hear you had a good experience there. The food was so bad when I went that theres almost no chance I’ll ever go back.

  • http://www.primakow.net/evan/ Evan

    Honestly, I’ve been there twice now and I was less than impressed the second time. The tacos themselves are decent, but pretty much all of their sides are bland at best and the service this second time around hadn’t improved at all, as one would expect. I’ve been meaning to add an update to the bottom of the original post, but haven’t had the chance yet. Not sure if I’ll eat there again, but I’m sure it’ll either end up as “third time’s a charm” or “three strikes and you’re out”. I have a feeling that in a year or two, this will once again be faced with the curse of Cameron’s and be vacant.

  • Ceo903

    I am really disappointed in this place- especially given that it’s a Bianchini enterprise. We went with two other couples and not one of us was happy with our entrees. The margaritas were good, the nachos were passable and the green salsa is tasty. Other than that, I have nothing redeeming to add about the food. The service was okay (though the waitress didn’t really check back with us after delivering our entrees- we only saw her at the end when she presented the check). The atmosphere is the only thing they managed to get right- hip and trendy, comfortable and relaxed. If any of the owners are reading this: You can still save this place!! Revamp the menu and tweak some of the recipes: add more spice and flavor!! Increase the filling in the tacos, find a less gluey cheese for the nachos and you’ll be rolling in $$!!!

  • Honestly

    Last time I bought 3 street tacos it cost me $4.50. Coa = $12.00

    Street = Authentic Flavor

    Coa = No Flavor

    Guac was good but not enough to go back, the rest was bland and borderline awful.