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Oct 6, 2006 06:12 PM

(AUS) Anyone tried El Gringo yet?

Just opened by the El Chile/ El Chilito group.

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    1. I have and I have to say I was impressed.

      The food is moderately priced and the waitstaff was very nice, It's open for lunch and dinner but now word on brunch yet. We tried several entrees, but the Salmon dish was the best by far. Other highlights were the Steak & Fries with Chimichurri and the Steak Sandwich.

      The atmosphere is okay, they need to do something with the lighting inside the restaurant. They have just added a huge deck on the back that seem to be attached to another building.

      Hope it helps.

      1. Been twice for lunch. I've tried the grilled Queso Fresco sandwich and the steak sandwich - both were good, though I preferred the queso a little more. Sandwiches are served on crusty bolillos. A bowl of the duck pozole was excellent. It was a very rich, chile-flavored stock; not what I'd normally expect but extremely tasty.

        Friends reported favorably on the chicken chimichurri sandwich, chicken-fried ribeye, and the chorizo burger. I tried a bite of the pulled pork sandwich and I found the mango BBQ sauce a little overpowering, but that's probably just me.

        Prices are extremely reasonable - I don't think there was a thing on the lunch menu over $11.00.

        Definitely recommended.

        It's at 1917 Manor, in the old John Mueller BBQ building - they now have a website at http://www.elgringoaustin.com/

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        1. re: mkwng

          There are too many fruit sauces. I am also bitter about them replacing John Mueller's.

        2. I went last week. i thought the chicken chimichurri sandwich was flavorful (chicken cooked just right and delish sauce), even though it was hard to fit the bolillo into my mouth. also had the queso chevre. excellent, excellent dish. looking forward to trying the queso fresco sandwich.

          1. I went for dinner and was delighted with the results. The chorizo-stuffed pork was moist and savory, with the best mashed sweet potatoes I've had in ages and green beans. My wife had the crab cake appetizer as an entree and got two fat, filling crab cakes topped with a salad that were delicious and plenty enough for her. Both were notably cheaper than they would have been anywhere else in town for such quality, and the desserts were, as they say, icing on the cake (lemon chess pie especially sublime).