Last weekend Josh and I had a date night. Once you have kids, date nights are rare, but amazing. It's incredible how much easier it is to have a conversation without a blonde 2 year old stealing our attention.
This time we decided we wanted to try something new, but were trying to find a place that wouldn't be too pricey. After reading reviews online, we chose Cocina Azul. We had driven by this restaurant before and thought it looked good. It's just down the street from Explora, which we frequent with Jack. It's a great children's science museum. If you have young kids, I highly recommend it.
Cocina Azul has a simple but bright interior with lots of natural light from the large windows. It's very family friendly and the service was great. We ordered the chile con queso for an appetizer, which was served in a crispy tortilla bowl. The queso and salsas served with them were very good, although not too spicy, especially if you're a New Mexican.
We split the carne adovado enchilada plate for our main course. We chose the red sauce with sides of beans and potatoes. The meat was tender and delicious, and although the sauce was mild like the salsa, it was still very tasty. The portions were huge, so we were very glad we decided to split it!
Overall, we thought Cocina Azul had great food, good service, and good atmosphere. It was a great place for a casual date, and would also be a good spot for a family meal. They are open for breakfast as well, so I am thinking the next time we go to Explora as a family, we may have to stop at Cocina Azul for breakfast.