Chips & Salsa @ Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill

Price: $3.99

When: May 19, 2018, 3:25 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

We’re at Cocina Cucamonga for lunch.

Like other restaurants at the parks, Cocina Cucamonga has recently updated its menu. They’ve moved away from the Burrito Sonora and Fire Grilled Citrus Chicken, and toward Street Tacos and an Achiote-marinated Half Chicken Plate.

They’re also offering Chips & Salsa. Which is where we’re starting today.

I’m keen to try this. Crisp, salty chips with a strong, vibrant salsa? One of life’s pleasures. I hope Cocina nailed it.

We order.

The dish arrives as a sizable black plastic container. It’s holding a double handful of chips and a plastic cup of thin, reddish-green salsa.

Hm.

The chips are …. a little stale. Clearly out of a bag. And they taste like they’ve been … sitting out overnight? Not good.

The salsa is … underwhelming. It has more of a chile flavor than I expected, and is surprisingly thin. There’s an odd, slightly-sour undercurrent of flavor, to boot. It didn’t work for me.

(Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy spicy, hot salsa. This isn’t that. This is just … strange.)

This isn’t recommended. What could have been a delightful park snack turned out to be a sad, stale, and sour disappointment. A shame. Avoid.