Well, that "immediately" became nearly six months. Last week, when talking with my two friends about where we should meet up, Tico topped all of our lists.
We met at the restaurant at 6:45pm. Tico is on the corner of Berkeley Street and St. James Street in Back Bay. It is in the space formerly occupied by Cottonwood Cafe.
As soon as the hostess opened the door to the outdoor patio, we were amazed. The tables, chairs and lounge furniture are shaded by bright, orange umbrellas.
In addition to the designs covering the restaurant's windows, there is also a fire place in the center of the space adding high drama. We fantasized about what it would be like to rent out the entire patio for a private party.
When we asked our waiter how many small plates we should order, he tried to upsell us with their "Can't Decide?" option, which offers three levels of a chef's tasting menu. Having never had Tico's food before, we didn't want to risk it.
The first plate to arrive was the queso fresco with crostini. We weren't in love with this dish. One friend commented, "this tastes like a bagel and cream cheese." We were hoping for the classic, orange, queso fundido vibe. No dice.
It took our waiter a solid fifteen minutes to check back in with us and we were anxious to order more food as each of the plates we'd had were quite small. We were getting a bit impatient.
In the second round we ordered the lobster tacos which came with avocado and something pickled and pink as a garnish.
Again, as we were finishing up, the same server appeared and whisked all our plates away. I am not quite sure why, but she seemed hell bent on clearing our plates before a manager had the chance to point out to her that we were finishing. It was very off putting.
Another fifteen minutes later our waiter returned to ask if we'd like to order any dessert. We ordered two plates. The first, which we saw earlier on someone else's table, was the chocolate gelato, peanutbutter mousse and caramelized banana. This was incredible! I would come back just for this.
We also ordered the cookie plate which had a chocolate fudge cookie, a chocolate chip cookie and a peanutbutter cookie served with a glass of ice, cold milk. Each cookie was soft and delicious. The mouth of the milk glass was nice and wide for dunking.
For me, Tico was a mixed bag. The cauliflower small plate was fantastic and the two desserts we sampled were marvelous. The outdoor patio was stylish and allowed us to make the most of the beautiful summer weather. However, the majority of the food was lackluster, our waiter was inattentive and the aggressive server swiping our plates really bothered me. With so many other superb restaurants on my favorites list, I don't think I'll be returning to Tico.