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Cuco's

In a word: Yes, it (Mexi)can.

The specs: #00836  
1050 North Edge Trail, Verona
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JM ate the combo #4 with a beef taco, a cheese enchilada, and a tostada with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the enchiladas mole with a coffee.
The bill was $22, or $11/person, plus tip.
JM gave Cuco's an A-; Nichole gave Cuco's a B (see our grading rubric).

Combo 4Enchiladas mole

Cuco's is very much like Laredo's. Given that they have Waunakee, Monona and Verona locations, it seems like Cuco's is to Suburbs as Laredo's is to CBD. Their salsa is pretty plain but fresh, the guacamole was garlic-laden, and the chips were good.

We liked their food better than Laredo's in some ways. The beef enchiladas were spud-free, which is a big plus. The mole had at least a couple waves of flavor to it.  But Cuco's lacked the kind of lightning-fast and friendly service expected from a Laredo's replacement. Maybe life just moves at a slower pace.

We left wondering what this place was before, and as far as we can tell from the internet, it used to be a Pizza Hut. That explained the plexiglass tables with ancient advertising flyers and news clippings, and the ample stack of high chairs.  Regardless, Cuco's provides familiar versions of standby Ameri-Mex items.

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I live near the Waunakee location, and the service there is always so fast it makes my head spin. That's great - unless I'm in the mood for a casual pace, which I often am. I don't know why speed would vary from one location to the next, but without fail, the uber-polite waitstaff at Waunakee never stand still. The tamales used to be meatier; I no longer order them due to the small protein-to-masa ratio. I usually split a combination plate with one of my kids since, after chips and salsa (and their delicious cheese dip) that's enough to fill the belly.

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