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    Anybody hear of this place ?

    Newish type place.....
    I have heard good things - never been there.

    Any reports ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Anybody hear of this place ?

    Newish type place.....
    I have heard good things - never been there.

    Any reports ??
    I have been there several times.

    Apparently it is an American restaurant that franchised here in Santo Domingo. I believe the owners/franchisers are based off Miami and they were in town during the initial opening days of the restaurant. I have no idea who the franchisee is or how this restaurant is related to the original one.

    Here is the webpage of Coyo Taco Miami:

    http://coyo-taco.com/

    They have locations in Brickell & Wynwood apparently.

    From their About Us Section:

    "Miami’s freshest Mexican street food experience.
    At Coyo Taco, guacamole is smashed to order and tortillas are handcrafted on-site in an authentic Mexican tradition.
    Vegetables are farm fresh and locally sourced. meat and seafood are naturally raised and humanely treated."

    Now, regarding the local branch, here is my opinion:

    The place seems very heartwarming. It has an outside open space with picnic-style tables and regular tables if I recall correctly and a small bar that serves their margaritas. They also have an indoor space with roughly 3-4 high tables with high chairs and 2-3 regular tables. This indoor space also contains the open kitchen where you can clearly watch how they prepare your food. I guesstimate the place can have an occupancy of about 50 people.

    During the very first days the place was so packed (due to it being the hot topic of the area). I went and made a huge line and proceeded to order two orders of tacos (each order comes with two tacos), so 4 tacos in total. They prepare their own taco shells based off corn, the ingredients are fresh and blend in together in a harmonious way. The texture of the shells is very much to my liking although one of my friends despises it.

    It doesn't feel completely authentic Mexican but it is closer than most of the Mexican (or Tex Mex you would say) places here in Santo Domingo. The tacos were really good and overall just based on food quality I would rate them about 7.75/10, which is fairly solid as I am strict with food assessment.

    In terms of the price point for the food I would rate it very poorly, I find the price just a nod above what I consider a fair price for the food they provide. If I'm not mistaken correctly I paid very close to RD$800 pesos (ITBIS+10% included) for the 4 tacos and their size is fairly small. An average adult women (~115 pounds) would likely be full with the four tacos and an average adult male (~180 pounds) would very likely need to munch a quick snack to have a full dinner with these four tacos.

    I subsequently went to Coyo Taco a couple of other times, after the huge lines faded and it started to get less popular. I tried their burrito, their quesadilla and some of their small plates: guac/chips, black bean bowl, rice, etc. The small plates are very fairly priced so there is value there however the main courses in my opinion are like the tacos, expensive for what they are.

    The food is good, but with the price point I would reduce the rating from 7.75/10 to 6.85/10 which is still decent.

    They now have started to offer specials for Tacos, I think it is called "Tuesday Tacos" and they have drastically lowered the price for the servings. You would pay around RD$500.00 for four tacos which to me seems slightly below fair price but not a huge bargain. They also have 2x1 in Margaritas on Tuesdays I believe.

    I would recommend going on a Tuesday, otherwise I would just not recommend going there much on a non-Tuesday day. I'd say bring your family and try it for yourself.

    I don't expect the business to flourish beyond long term sustainability unless they revamp some of their approaches. It is a good concept and has potential. Prices have to come down a little.
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    Nice review, thanks!

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    Sorry for the dislike....thick fingers

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    Gracias elVenao...

    Big report, I appreciate the time it took

    I hear they are Canadian, the originators

    Sounds like they need a page from Gordito's playbook.

    Yes, Miami , Sto Domingo who knows where else?

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    Removed..... Childish.
    Last edited by Robert; 08-31-2017 at 11:33 PM.

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    "I subsequently went to Coyo Taco a couple of other times, after the huge lines faded and it started to get less popular."

    I remember when IHOP opened in Sambil.

    First couple of weeks, they had a waiting line outside every morning of dozens of persons; after a couple of months, zero customers. Supposedly was the biggest opening sales of the entire chain.

    Food was just as good as IHOP in the states, but the prices were ridiculous.

    Same thing for Johnny Rockets. They build a HUGE store on Lincoln (The biggest of the chain too) with humongous line for a few months, ran out of steam, and ended up as a small booth at Sambil as well.

    That lasted about a year, and poof - no more Johnny Rockets

    And don't forget Cinnabon.

    Started in Acropolis, moved to Blue Mall, then Sambil, then Poof!

    Or how about Mrs. Fields? A few months - poof!

    And how can we forget Dunkin Donuts? Also built a building (supposedly the largest- see a trend here?) I still get mad about those idiots and their stale donuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDJones View Post
    "I subsequently went to Coyo Taco a couple of other times, after the huge lines faded and it started to get less popular."

    I remember when IHOP opened in Sambil.

    First couple of weeks, they had a waiting line outside every morning of dozens of persons; after a couple of months, zero customers. Supposedly was the biggest opening sales of the entire chain.

    Food was just as good as IHOP in the states, but the prices were ridiculous.

    Same thing for Johnny Rockets. They build a HUGE store on Lincoln (The biggest of the chain too) with humongous line for a few months, ran out of steam, and ended up as a small booth at Sambil as well.

    That lasted about a year, and poof - no more Johnny Rockets

    And don't forget Cinnabon.

    Started in Acropolis, moved to Blue Mall, then Sambil, then Poof!

    Or how about Mrs. Fields? A few months - poof!

    And how can we forget Dunkin Donuts? Also built a building (supposedly the largest- see a trend here?) I still get mad about those idiots and their stale donuts.
    Sad about Johnny Rockets. I liked that place. Best chocolate malt I've had here.

    Hooters didn't even last 90 days in Santiago, even in a prime location. We got there once.

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    Hooters in Santiago....

    Coal in Newcastle
    Ice for Eskimos

    Wrong market for flesh.... IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Hooters in Santiago....

    Coal in Newcastle
    Ice for Eskimos

    Wrong market for flesh.... IMO

    So true. Even SD Hooters doesn't do that great except during sporting events. And that's with Colombian girls for waiters.

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