Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gaucho Parrilla Argentina

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary. SP took a vacation day and we enjoyed a "date day." We went to the Heinz History Center to see American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition exhibit. It's a very good exhibit and we recommend it. I enjoyed reading every poster propaganda piece against booze! There is a lot of other great stuff to see, too. After we finished, we walked over to Gaucho Parrilla Argentina for a late lunch/early dinner. It was our first visit and we were looking forward to trying it because we'd heard so many good things about the food. It didn't disappoint.

Here's what we ate:
I chose the Cerdo plate, small portion: roasted pulled pork, caramelized onions, spicy Dijon mustard sauce, toast, salad (greens, carrot, radish, grape tomatoes dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar). The small was a bit too much for me, although to be fair before I tackled it, I ate some other food. It was delicious. I really liked the salad dressing. The pulled pork mixed with the onions and sauce was so darn tasty.
We tried an order of Provoletta, basically a lovely piece of grilled provolone with some fresh oregano atop toast with arugula/olives off to the side. Grilled cheese = one of my favorite things.
SP had the Catch of the Day sandwich: red snapper. He added bacon. It was huge and he ate all of it, save a bit of the bread, and he said it was delicious.
Of course we tried some Empanadas. They're Argentine pierogies and I love pierogies. We tried 2, pork and chicken. I think the chicken also had a bit of chorizo.
Inside the empanadas. These were delicious. A tasty, flaky, substantial dough pocket. Both fillings were good. I could make a meal out of just these empanadas.

Gaucho is BYOB with no corkage/glass fees but since we went between 2:30~3pm, we didn't BYOB. SP had fresh iced tea and I had hot tea because even though it was April 17, it was windy, cold, snowy, and I was bundled up again.

I had heard about the long lines and wait for Gaucho. Happily, maybe since we went during the work week after lunch time/before dinner time, there were only 2 people ahead of us in line. That gave us time to study the enormous chalkboard menu. We ate across from the order area because there are about 6-7 steps up to the other dining area but it does look like if we went outside and up the street, there is a side door for level entry to the "upper" dining area. After you order, you find a seat - or maybe they seat you, I'm not sure, I just went right to an empty table on the main level while SP paid. It wasn't busy and I was in a wheelchair, so maybe that's why no one said anything to me about just going to a table. It didn't take too long for our food to arrive. The employees who cleared dishes from our table and refilled our beverages were all very nice. Nice is kind of a bland adjective, maybe what I mean is they seemed pleasant and happy to be working there and like they enjoyed their jobs. It's always a plus when the employees seem to like their jobs and interacting with customers.

We'll definitely be back.

Gaucho Parrilla Argentina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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