From the service, to the food, to the bill, I loved almost every moment of eating at Caucho.
I first heard about it from my sister, who insisted I make the trip downtown as soon as possible. She went there for dinner with some friends and ever since has been pestering me to go.
Finally giving in, my mom and I found our way to the NewBo area on a Saturday night. It wasn’t busy, but it definitely deserves to be packed all of the time.
It started with immediate service to a table toward the back. The renovated building was beautiful inside, and I couldn’t wait to sit down. The table was big enough for two meals, but too small for our appetizer with them.
I decided to order a drink from the menu called Aqua Fresca. My waitress said it was a drink with seasonal fruit juices, and that at this time it was mostly grapefruit and orange juice. When I got it, I drank every ounce. The infused freshness and fruits in the water was really good and worth every penny.
We also learned that Caucho is a “farm-to-table” restaurant, meaning that everything you order is fresh from a specific farm and doesn’t go through any distributors or stores before the restaurant receives it. Caucho is partnered with Cobble Hill Eatery and Dispensary, a more popular farm-to-table restaurant in Cedar Rapids.
Our appetizer included the choice of three different salsas to go along with homemade tortilla chips. We ordered the salsa verde, black bean and corn salsa, and a much spicier option. All three were good but I don’t like spicy– so I left the last one for my mom.
I ordered the Al Pastor tacos for my main course. These were two small handmade tacos on a tortilla with pineapple, pork, and onions. These two tacos were the best tacos I’ve ever had. I couldn’t get enough of them.
For two orders of tacos, an appetizer, and two specialty drinks, the bill came to $29.50, which was a really good price for all the food and drinks we got.
Overall, Caucho is an outstanding restaurant that deserves more attention than what it’s got. I think Caucho could be one of the most popular restaurants in Cedar Rapids if people gave it a chance.