Loco Coco's

Cali-Mex in Southern Maine.

By Catherine Smart

A Seacoast institution, Loco Coco’s is a family-friendly Cali-Mex-style restaurant known for taco combos, big burritos, and strong margaritas. Neither hip taqueria nor a shrine to a particular regional cuisine, this was a walk-up taco counter that turned into a sprawling cantina by popular demand. San Diegan Luis Valdez lamented the lack of tasty Mexican food in Maine when he moved east, so you’ll find a vast menu of the fresh favorites he turns out to fill the void. Flavorful, juicy carnitas are a choice pick—especially tucked into the Bean and Cheese Burrito. Munch on hand-cut chips dipped in creamy guacamole and help yourself to a dizzying array of fresh hot sauces, from fiery and fruity habanero to smoky chilaca. Enchiladas—from tangy Roja made with guajillos and garlic to spicy Verdes sauced with tomatillos—are also crowd-pleasers. If you thought chain restaurants serving chimichangas were the best you could do in northern New England, well, you’re loco.

Loco Coco's

36 Walker St, Kittery, ME

  • Must Have

Bean and Cheese Burrito (with carnitas)

There’s alchemy in the slow-cooked pork, soft pintos, zippy pico de gallo, and house-made avocado sauce. It’s a warm hug served in a flour tortilla.

  • Insider Tip

Don’t miss the house-made hot sauce bar. Sample them all, from the super-spicy “el fuego” to the tame avocado.

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