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Coco's Restaurante is Elkhart's newest Mexican eatery

A building that once housed Love Dem Ribs, The King and I, D.C.’s Burgers and Laura’s Heart & Soul is now home to the newest addition to Elkhart’s restaurant scene.

Coco’s Restaurante opened Saturday, Feb. 14, at 910 Goshen Ave., serving traditional Mexican cuisine. It’s the same style of cooking owner Miguel Ruiz and his family brought with them from their time living south of the border.

“My wife did this in Mexico,” said Ruiz with the help of translator Maria Cortes. “We sold food (there), so why not open a restaurant here and see how it goes?”

The menu at Coco’s includes the standard fare found at most taquerias — and then some.

If you go:
Coco’s Restaurante
910 Goshen Ave., Elkhart

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 

Ruiz believes his fajitas and enchiladas verdes to be among the restaurant’s standout offerings. The tacos de barbacoa de chivo feature slow-cooked goat meat served with corn tortillas.

“It’s different Mexican food than all the restaurants around,” he said.

The most notable difference, Ruiz said, may be Coco’s breaded shrimp tacos, served on a corn tortilla with coleslaw. A large shrimp cocktail, priced at $13, is also available, in addition to a smaller $9 portion. 

“Other Mexican restaurants will try to make it Mexican, but it’s not really Mexican,” he said. “This is the real Mexican food.”

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