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Cocina 214

151 E. Welbourne Ave. (Park Ave.) Send to Phone
Winter Park’s Cocina 214 calls itself contemporary Mexican, but it’s closer to contemporary Tex-Mex.
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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Cocina 214 Restaurant Review

: Warm colors, wood-and-brick textures and pops of bright hues give the restaurant a decidedly Southwestern feel. The 214 in the name represents the Dallas area code, and many of the dishes have fusion twists. Tall ceilings and painted concrete and tile floors are modern and attractive, but the noise level is pretty high during happy hour and on busy weekend nights. If the weather is nice, take a seat on the covered outdoor patio by the bubbling fountain just a block off Park Avenue. Start by sipping a specialty cocktail---try the blanco with Patron silver, lime and salt, or the Park Ave Lux with Patron reposado, Patron Citronge and fresh lime. You can nibble appetizers such as queso fundido, a sizzling skillet of gooey, melted Mexican cheese served with soft tortillas, and the complimentary salsa and chips (ask for the extra-hot version if you like things spicy). Entrées are hit and miss, but the duck confit tacos are a good, decadent choice. Mahi mahi with shrimp, spinach and roasted poblano in tequila cream sauce is another rich-but-tasty option. On the lighter side, we suggest the xochitl (pronounced so-cheel) soup. And you can always stick with so-so tacos. Desserts aren’t big sellers, but go for the tres leches cake if you want a little something sweet to follow the savory.

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