(UPDATED 8/17/2021) Description and review of Centro Cocina Mexicana, an upscale Mexican restaurant located in Midtown Sacramento.
Centro Cocina Mexicana (Centro) is located in Midtown at 27th & J Streets. Centro is known, among other things, for its Happy Hour so when a friend suggested we go to happy hour recently and asked my thoughts I suggested Centro.
The Centro Happy Hour is 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Thursday – Saturday.
It was a nice sunny day and we decided that we would prefer to sit outside on the patio if possible. Although Happy Hour is only in the bar area (per the menu), we asked if we could have Happy Hour and sit outside. The answer was yes so we went back outside and took a seat. It never hurts to ask is my motto.
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Another larger party was seated at the long high-top on the other side of the patio and it appeared to us that they were also enjoying Happy Hour.
The Centro patio is along busy J Street, but we were easily able to converse except for once or twice when we had to pause as a very loud motorcycle went by.
A Dos Equis ($3) sounded good to me. My friend asked our waiter a few questions and then ordered one of the specialty fruit-infused margarita’s ($6). I had a taste and it was delicious. Ordering one of the specialty margarita’s is on my list for next time I visit Centro.
Happy Hour Bites
Centro has a good variety of choices at $5, $6 and $7 for “Bites”. We settled on the Huaraches (sandal-shaped masa cake with black bean puree, chicarron, salsa de arbol, cabbage, crema, cotija cheese) ($5) and Tostadas de Pollo (shredded chicken, black bean puree, avocado, pasilla chile sauce, cotija cheese) ($6).
Both the Huaraches and Tostadas were very tasty and good-sized. We both had one of each and then had the remaining two boxed up to take home.
I know from previous experience that Centro’s Tacos del la Calle (three tacos per order) ($7) is also a good Happy Hour choice.
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