On the recommendation of a friend we decided to give the Taqueria next to Cuckoos in Coombs another try. Last time they did not yet have a liquor license, but they do now.
it’s really a lovely outdoor Taco joint. A very appealing patio under a huge cedar tree. They serve several flavours of tacos as well as burritos, home made chips, & tortilla soup. They offer 3 levels of sauce on the tacos and burritos. Mild, medium and scorching hot.
It’s basically a food truck. You order as you go in and they call out your number when it’s ready. We ordered 3 beef tacos and two icy cold Coronas. Luckily, we were in line behind two families with kids and the most indecisive pair of parents in the world. I thought they would never finish ordering. Some people are clueless, stupid, or thoughtless. I guess they thought they were the only customers there. Finally I ordered and headed for a table for two with the Coronas and limes.
The Tacos were OK but not notable. The fish tacos at the Lantzville Pub are much better. Next time I’ll try the Burritos. However, this patio on a warm day is a pretty nice place to sip on a Corona. They also serve Margaritas but no wine.
As we were leaving we ran into Fausto, the head honcho of Cuckoos who also manages the Taco stand. He told that the family that originally started the Coombs megaplex lived in the cottage just behind the patio and that they used to tie up the family cow to the huge Cedar tree way back when.
If you are hankering for some Mexican tastes and want to relax on a charming patio, Check it out.
About a week ago a few neighbours came for a casual dinner on the patio. BBQ pulled pork on buns. Casual. While chit chatting over the food they asked if we had been to the BLACK BIRD SCHNITZEL HOUSE in Qualicum Beach. We had not yet done so. We were encouraged to try it soon. So we did yesterday for lunch.
Located on Highway 19A just past the beach, this is the third try for an eatery in this quite new building. There is ample parking too. This family run place opened in 2017 and has been busy ever since. As expected, the decor is Bavarian. Dark wood floors and furniture with a variety of Black Forest decor items. There is a small patio but it was a little too windy for us so we sat inside. Service was prompt and friendly.
We ordered a libation and perused the menu. 21 kinds of Schnitzel I think. The lunch Schnitzel are smaller portions than the dinner ones and less expensive. I chose the Peppercorn Mushroom with cabbage and fried potatoes. It was Delicious and a hearty portion for lunch at $13.95. My favourite girl zeroed in on the West Coast Caps. Shrimp, Scallops and cheese stuffed mushrooms baked and served with garlic toast. Also delicious. The Schnitzels are mostly pork but you can order veal for an extra $3.00.
Of course, there is a nice selection of German Beer and some resonantly priced wine.
If you like Schnitzel, you can’t go wrong here. Probably a good idea to make reservations for dinner as they are busy. 250-752-8500. You can find them at 3298 Island Highway West.
They don’t have a website but are on Facebook where you can see the menu. Specials are also posted on their page.