The Throggs Neck/Schuylerville section of the Bronx is seemingly a hot bed for new and different types of restaurants. One of the latest additions to the fold is Cabo, focusing on Mexican cuisine. Being a fan of Mexican food I was curious and once I received an email advertising a groupon for their brunch I was sold.
Cabo is located on East Tremont avenue towards the end, near the intersection with Randall Ave. The exterior is a nice big storefront with wide lower case letters at the top with the restaurants name. The interior is pretty spacious, when you walk you’re greeted immediately by the hostess, the bar is on the left and there are a ton of tables but it doesn’t feel too crowded.
As expected, Cabo features more of a fusion menu than the classical Mexican restaurant. Staples like guacamole, empanadas, quesadillas and tostadas are available as appetizers. The only one that really felt out of place was the wings, which have honestly become a staple of everywhere to be honest. The entrees included French toast, a Mexican hamburger, and more quesadillas. We went with the Tostadas de Camarones, the Steak and Egg Quesadillas and Camarones Benny
The food service started with tortilla chips accompanied by a delicious spicy green sauce. I asked the waitress what was in it but she couldn’t tell me any of the ingredients other than tomatillos. If I had to hazard a guess I’d say the tomatillos, green peppers, a touch of jalapeño, and some cilantro. For the appetizer that came with the grpupon deal we decided to go with the taquitos. They were plated really nicely and were very good as well. Between the sauce and the taquitos I was very impressed to that point. The groupon did not include drinks but adding on all you can drink sangria or mimosa was only $8 per person. I figured on having about 2 or 10 so the value proposition was there and we went for it. The sangria was good and strong.
The brunch entrees finally came out, the steak and egg quesadilla and the Camarones Benny. I like quesadillas and figured I would give Cabo a nice little layup in terms of wowing me. Unfortunately I don’t know if I’ve ever had a blander bite of food in my life, definitely not at a Mexican restaurant who are classified by bolder and vibrant flavors. There were definitely eggs in there and I know I bit into some steak, but it was completely devoid of any additional flavoring. I thought it was strange coming from the appetizer and the dipping sauce so I tried some of the Camarones Benny, I love egg benedict…. Same! It was a bit of a mish mash of items but ultimately lacking in flavor, missing that special something that could put it over the top. A major downer, neither of us actually finished our brunch entrees, it felt like we were forcing it down so we opted for more sangria and mimosa respectively.
The Groupon deal also included a free dessert and we chose to go with the coffee flavored flan. It was good but the consistency was a little tough as if it was a little overcooked. I’m spoiled by my mom’s delicious awesome and amazing flan though.
All told, the location and decor is great, the drinks are fantastic, and the starters/appetizers were good as well. That the entrees were as lacking as they were was a huge disappointment. Hopefully Cabo gets it together, it’s a pinch of this and a dash of that away from something awesome.
Cabo Review reviewed by Well Fed on December 12, 2014 rated 3.5 of 5