A&Eats: Coco’s Place is sure to delight

If you are looking for a place to eat in downtown Northfield, look no further than Coco’s Place. Nestled in between Content Bookstore and the Contented Cow on Division Street, Coco’s Place is the perfect spot to satisfy all of your Mexican food cravings. Relatively new to downtown, Coco’s Place has been serving the Northfield area for five years, but just opened their downtown restaurant in May 2021. I gave Coco’s Place a try for the first time while living on campus this summer, and I have been hooked ever since. 

With a large menu that includes all the typical Mexican food staples — tacos, burritos, quesadillas — there is something for everyone to enjoy at Coco’s. However, what I appreciate most about the restaurant is the new variety of options that it brings to Northfield. Their menu features elotes, chicharron, and helados, which are difficult to find anywhere else in Northfield. Coco’s Place also frequently rotates their specials, meaning that there is something new to try almost any time you go in. This does, however, incite the ultimate dilemma: do you order your tried and true staple or venture to try something new? There’s nothing wrong with playing it safe and sticking with your usual, but I will say that Coco’s specials have yet to disappoint.

Another thing that makes Coco’s Place worth a try is the atmosphere. With brightly colored walls and tables, sitting down to eat in the restaurant is sure to put a smile on your face, as delicious food and a bright atmosphere make for a great dining experience. Yet, the restaurant is still laid-back and casual enough to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Due to Coco’s convenient downtown location, if dining in isn’t your style, it is also easy to get your meal to-go and go down the street to eat at a picnic table in Bridge Square. This is a great option for when the weather is lovely or the inside of the restaurant is full of hungry guests.

Overall, I’d highly recommend giving Coco’s Place a try. Since its opening earlier this year, it has been a more than welcome addition to the Northfield food landscape. It has brought to town a new variety of Mexican food that keeps its customers coming back for more.

lagare1@stolaf.edu

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