Years ago at Poco's I had my first encounter with coconut shrimp. The place was known at the time as Poco Diablo. Recently we stopped in again on our way back from a mini-vacation. My companion and I were seated at a window table where we did have a limited view of the Portsmouth waterfront. My chair was positioned a little too close to the door leading out to the deck, so when servers and patrons went in and out, my chair got hit by the door. We were able to slide our table and chairs about a foot away in order to avoid this.
We placed an order for the half pound of coconut chicken tenders (my companion prefers chicken to shrimp). When the plate arrived, we were incredulous--we thought our server had brought the one pound order, but, no it was a half-pound. The coconut breading was some of the best we ever had, and we have had coconut shrimp in many places. The sweet salsa complemented the breading well. Both my companion and I washed these down with a mango margarita.
My companion ordered the seared scallop tacos with a mango salsa. I chose the chili. The tacos were very good. The scallops were seared and plump, not overcooked, and the cabbage filling fresh. The entrée was served with a dish of rice topped by beans, not the mush usually served at Mexican restaurants. The chili was meaty and the portion hearty, but it was fairly bland. It definitely needed more cumin, coriander, or cilantro. But we did not leave hungry.
We did notice some signs of distress--at one table near us, two young women had each ordered a glass of sangria, and instead were served a pitcher. This provoked an argument with the server, who appeared to be new to the job and had apparently punched in the wrong serving size, pitcher versus individual glasses, on the computer. On the other side of us, a customer ordered a drink which was tardy in being served because the server had an unfortunate accident in the bar, dropping the shaker, which landed on the glassware and broke a lot of glass, which sent shards all over the area, necessitating a lengthy cleanup. By comparison, getting my chair hit by the door was a minor inconvenience. But things did not run smoothly at Poco's.
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