As much as I have harped on the negatives, there were some successes during my visits to Gringo. The obligatory chips and salsa, so often a throwaway at Mexican restaurants, were actually quite tasty. The chips were fresh and kicked up with a light chile dusting, and the salsa had a warm, smoky spice. The street corn "off the cob" was a clear hit, tasting like a roasty, Mexican-spiced version of creamed corn, and the dessert of churros (Mexican-style doughnuts) was excellent, elevated by the cinnamon-almond sweetness of the horchata dipping sauce. And of course, a visit to Gringo would not have been complete without sampling its eponymous margarita — the housemade sour and generous pour of Exotico Blanco tequila made it the highlight of my visits.

Bartender Allison Messerla crafts a "Rosa Mexicana." Slideshow: Inside Gringo in the Central West End
Jennifer Silverberg
Bartender Allison Messerla crafts a "Rosa Mexicana." Slideshow: Inside Gringo in the Central West End
Harry Weber's sculpture of Tennessee Williams outside Gringo, located at the corner of Euclid and McPherson avenues. Slideshow: Inside Gringo in the Central West End
Jennifer Silverberg
Harry Weber's sculpture of Tennessee Williams outside Gringo, located at the corner of Euclid and McPherson avenues. Slideshow: Inside Gringo in the Central West End

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Gringo

398 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Category: Restaurant > Brunch

Region: St. Louis - Central West End

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Gringo
Tableside guacamole...$8.95
Taco al pastor...$3.50
Hanger steak al carbon...$15.95

398 Euclid Avenue; 314-449-1212.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.

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While my experiences at Gringo were not offensive (well, some parts of them were), overall, I was completely underwhelmed. Are tasty chips and salsa and fresh, potent margaritas enough to make a visit worthwhile? Perhaps. A great patio and strong cocktails can go far. However, I expect much bigger things from the people who produce pizza that has earned accolades from none other than President Obama. The skeleton is there — a prime location, a talented staff and a creative menu. Should Gringo get its execution right, it has the potential to be more than just a pretty face. The proprietors have proven they can do it with Pi — here's to hoping that they can do it again.

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SquireBooby
SquireBooby

"On both of my visits, the guacamole was fair; avocados were ripe and creamy, and the sprinkling of cotija cheese was a fun way to provide seasoning (maybe a bit too much seasoning in this case). Although the guacamole was fairly salty, it was otherwise pretty bland, lacking spice and zip. I am surprised at how little kick the generous amount of jalapeños, onions and poblanos added"

So, you like that they seasoned with cotija cheese, but you didn't like that it was salty, despite the fact that cotija is a very salty cheese. Also, even though it was too salty for your delicate palate, it was also too bland. Because that totally makes sense. You wish there had been more kick from the peppers, but, despite being impressed with the tableside preparation, you didn't ask the server to add any more pepper when s/he asked you to try it and tell him/her if it was appropriately seasoned, which I'm sure s/he did because they have every one of the 5 times I have been there. Your review of every other taco is equally absurd, you didn't try any of their innovative and tasty cocktails beyond their basic margarita, you didn't comment on the local beer list, and you didn't try anything on the menu other than chips, guac, and tacos.

You obviously decided to do a hatchet job before you'd walked into the place, but you would have to write a lot better than this for it to come across as anything but a pathetic attempt at gravitas. Where's Ian Froeb?

tricianixon
tricianixon

That was a great review. You did an admirable job of balancing hilarious snark with placating puffery.  

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Food critics criticize, I get that. But this review was undeserved. I found Gringo's a delightful place, and delicious pineapple tacos. DELICIOUS!

Rather than defer your tastes to others, I suggest you try it for yourself. If you like it, ignore the snobs. If you don't like, don't go back. I'll be back.

Lolita
Lolita

Yeah this place is just terrible.

Butch
Butch

Having eaten there three times myself, I think you're simply incorrect.  Perhaps trying to make a splash as the new RFT food critic with a "scandalous" review?

Femme
Femme

@Butch I've eaten there twice. Left completely underwhelmed. Service is piss poor at best, too.

 
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