Cocoa Joes Food & Spirits- Cocoa-4-Stars (Alcohol pour only).
Well, I woke up this morning, and I got myself a beer. The future's uncertain, and the end is always near." -- The Doors
When Cocoa Joe's Food & Spirits Pool and Billiard Hall came up as the next place to be reviewed on my Munch-a-Tron, I had a flashback to Player's Billiard Hall...recalling that review and the flack that followed (I know it's not officially a restaurant as much as the name suggests, a pool hall) I decided to forego any offerings of an edible nature and focus solely on why people come to little dives such as this: the drinks, the barkeep, entertainment and the drinks.
As I entered I was engulfed in a cloud of stale cigarette smoke and I quickly had to check my phone for the year. Yep, still in 2019, though I swear this place is stuck in the 70s. Circumventing the law legally, they allow for smoking and as such, it is just as Dalton described the infamous bar in the movie Roadhouse, filled with "power drinkers and trustees of modern chemistry." My barkeep for this afternoons soiree was Erin. Like the establishment she plies her trade in, Erin is a monument to the 70s, when, no doubt, she was most likely a top notch catch (I mean this in nothing but a good way). She is efficient, humorous, engaging and man, can she pour a whiskey correctly! Well over a 2 oz. pour on my Dewar's.
Glancing at the menu (see pictures) I decided to stick with my first impression on name only and passed on the delectables offered. Hey, I am sure they are fine for what they are, pool hall food, but it's just not my cup of tea. The Scotch, on the other hand, is right up my ally and as such, with pours like the one I got from Erin, you can bet sweet biffy I'll be back. The rating here is obviously all about the barkeep and the pour.
The Big Boy says, "for sports viewing or a rousing game of billiards with generously poured drinks and frothy pitchers of cold beer, this is your place." #bigboydiningout #iamthebigboy