Week 5 of #Quarantinelife. Families have been making their way back to the dinner table, as a result of the current situation at hand. Long gone are the days your dinner table served as your at-home desk (ok, it may still be the case), an extension of your closet or your child’s toybox.

While family dinners are making a comeback, prepping for a family dinner might be the last thing on your mind as you shuffle Work-Zoom meetings, manage an entire household, conduct homeschool, etc. etc. etc! Hearing the words “What’s for dinner tonight?” might already be making you feel exhausted.

May we suggest ordering in from one of our favorites? Along with other locally-owned restaurants, Koko’s Uptown Cafe is offering curbside and delivery services through these hard times. Their full menu is available to order along with other specials like their $6.99 Enchilada Plates (choose between cheese, chicken or beef). Still itching to cook, but also craving Koko’s? No worries, Koko's is also selling its famous fajitas at $7.99 per pound. You can turn on the grill and enjoy a nice afternoon, but remember that we are still practicing social distancing, so you shouldn’t invite your neighbor, primas, compadres, best friend's friend...you know what we mean. Safety first, dear readers.

What we really love from Koko’s Uptown Cafe are their botanas. Don’t fret, these guys are stocked up galore to satisfy all your botana needs. You can choose between chicken, beef, seafood or a mix. Botana pricing is as follows: $32.99 Botana for 2; $43.99 Botan for 3; $52.99 Botana for 4. Don’t forget to throw in your favorite Koko’s (adult) drink. Their ever-popular Margaritas are being sold by the gallon! Yes, you read that correctly. Purchase your gallon of Margarita for just $25.99. Remember that you must order food along with your mixed beverages, as per To-Go policies.

Koko’s Cafe Uptown is located at 6100 North 10th Street in McAllen. They're hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Their second location, Koko’s Mexican Restaurant is located at 4809 West Expressway 83, McAllen.You can call (956) 630-5656 to schedule your pick up order or delivery. Deliveries within a 5 mile radius and over $25 are free of charge.

SIDE NOTE: We’d like to give a special shout out to Koko’s for being 1 of 6 local restaurants to step up during this time and be part of the Curbside Food Giveaway at Food Bank RGV. They were able to provide 1,000 meals for our community. Way to go Koko’s and Thank you!

Learn more about Koko’s delicious food and tasty drinks by reading a snippet of our visit published back on November 29, 2017. Enjoy!

While the menu was full of options, our distressed minds and hungry tummies were way too focused on much needed nourishment to pay much attention to the variety being offered. We skimmed the rows and rows of food options and came across a few items that peaked our interest: Caldo Tlalpeño (savory chicken broth with shredded chicken, rice, white cheese, avocado, & bit of chipotle), Parrillada (grilled beef fajita, chicken fajita, sausage and mollejas served with rice & beans), Botana (beef and/or chicken fajitas, flautas, been & cheese tostadas, quesadillas, guacamole, onions, tomato, jalapenos, rice & beans).

You know, just your casual Tex-Mex comfort food. Oh, and a Taco Salad (ground beef or shredded chicken with beans, tomato, cheese, and guacamole)! Plenty of cheese topped dishes for sharing and a surplus of deliciously prepared fajitas, both chicken and beef, for all of us dairy fans and carnivores to indulge in.

INSIDER’S TIP: Try not to completely fill up on the tasty salsa and perfectly toasted tortilla chips, served to every table of customers, before your main dish arrives. Also, if just two of you are going to Koko’s and you’re looking for a quick dish with all the fixings, order a Botana for one. Trust us, there is plenty of food for two to share!

Our impromptu dinner was full of food, drinks, laughter and smiles. Even though it wasn't our first vision of how we wanted to spend our evening, it actually turned out better than expected. We even shut the place down. Not the first time and probably won’t be the last. Our waiters didn’t bother telling us it was time to go and just continued to let us enjoy the night. Who knew that a little bit of tequila and family time would be the perfect recipe for making things all better?

Don’t forget, for family breakfast time on the weekends, you can always enjoy the menu options at Koko’s Cafe Uptown, available on Saturday and Sunday.

Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at dishin.it.956@gmail.com.