Despite their obvious utility, tools aren't usually very inspiring, which probably explains why Paul Westphal's teams always go 18-64. Utilizing a completely different kind of tool to hopefully inspire a winner, COA Tequileria.
Serving up an impressive selection of cactus juice and authentic takes on homestyle South-of-the-Border eats, this laid-back 50-seater is named for a tool used to harvest agave, and modestly decorated (refreshing blue walls, subtle brick details) in a style that mirrors the tequila distilleries found where its owner grew up, in Sinaloa and Ciudad de Durango, before he decided to get the hell out of Dodge. COA's putting its half-century of tequilas to use in specialty 'tails ranging from the Cuervo Platino/ lime-heavy Paloma, to the Vampiro w/ Aha Toro Blanco and sangrita, to the white tequila-based COA Fizz w/ flower water & egg whites, an ingredient combo that suggests even without booze this place'd still make bread. Comida-wise, there's chicken cooked in a Mole Poblano pepper sauce; prawns Camarones Diablos sautéed w/mushrooms and hot red tomatoes; and the tomatillo-sauced Enchiladas Suizas stuffed w/ your choice of chicken, carnitas, chile verde or picadillo, which sounds great until you realize how hard it is to choose one dillo over another.
All but a few hours at COA are of the "happy" variety, with super-affordable eats ranging from street-style tacos, to shared plates of nachos, plus steep discounts on drinks including margs, various cervezas, and domestic drafts, which Paul needs to get way more production from, or the Kings will be forced to re-tool.