Concho's Mexican Food
This review was originally published on Yelp.
On our final night in Cottonwood, we were in search of a memorable dining experience without breaking the bank. That's when we stumbled upon Concho's Mexican Food, conveniently located just off Main Street. With little idea of what to expect, we parked our car and stepped inside. The restaurant had a modest and unassuming decor, nothing particularly noteworthy. Even the menu seemed fairly typical, but I remained hopeful, eager to discover something that would truly impress me.
As we placed our orders, I couldn't resist requesting a bowl of their queso dip to start. Surprisingly, the food arrived promptly, and to my delight, the queso came out alongside our main dishes. The dip was served piping hot and irresistibly cheesy, showcasing an impressive cheese pull with every dip. It paired flawlessly with their light and crispy tortilla chips, leaving a deliciously satisfying taste in my mouth.
Among the kids, two opted for items from the children's menu, which were nothing extraordinary. However, my 10-year-old chose the Concho's Burrito—a behemoth of a burrito filled with beans, beef, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. He requested it without sour cream and tomato, and let me tell you, that burrito was a sight to behold! It was so enormous that he could only manage to conquer about a quarter of it before surrendering. Nevertheless, he was thoroughly pleased with his choice.
My wife started off with a house margarita and decided to try the Requeson Empanada, featuring a rich ricotta cheese filling. She absolutely adored her margarita, praising its unique and delightful flavor profile. As for me, I ordered both an al pastor taco and an al pastor empanada. The empanadas were generously stuffed with lettuce, tomato, and cheese. I must admit that the al pastor taco fell a bit short in terms of flavor, not quite living up to my previous experiences with al pastor elsewhere. Furthermore, the corn tortilla seemed to have been steamed instead of swiftly toasted over heat. However, my skepticism quickly dissipated when I took a bite of the empanada. It was a delightful surprise—unexpectedly delicious with a perfect balance of textures and temperatures. The shell was light and crispy, providing a delightful contrast to the cool and refreshing lettuce, tomato, and cheese. The meat had a subtle sweetness and tenderness that won me over. If only I had known, I would have gladly opted for two empanadas. By the time I inquired about my wife's empanada, she had already devoured it. Needless to say, she held it in high regard as well. To describe it to others, I would say it was akin to a elevated version of a chalupa from Taco Bell!
Beyond the food, the service at Concho's was truly top-notch. Our server was not only friendly but also efficient, treating us as if we were regulars. It added an extra touch of warmth to our overall dining experience. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Concho's to anyone in the area seeking great food, reasonable prices, and an exceptional staff!