Restaurant Redemption: The New Gringo Is Much Improved

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       Inside Gringo. | Jennifer Silverberg

Gringo has also added a brunch menu, and we tried the chorizo breakfast burrito, a fine selection. The eggs were well-cooked and the chorizo had a mild heat, but the dish would have benefited from some sort of sauce. The migas, a platter of scrambled eggs topped with succulent braised beef, crispy tortilla strips and peppers, also needed sauce to tie it together, although the brisket was so moist and decadent, I will give it a pass.

My biggest complaint about the tacos at the old Gringo was how dry they were -- that's the most drastic change I noticed this time around. The carnitas taco was filled with rich pork shoulder confit and tangy tomatillo salsa; spicy lamb and crema filled the barbacoa selection.

The real standout, however, was the brisket taco, so moist that the beef juice dripped out of the sides. Escabeche chow chow, or pickled vegetables, added a contrasting brightness to the meat. Whereas I didn't have a decent taco on my August visits, all three of these were delightful.

Gringo has stiff competition from some great taco joints in town, but it gets the award for most improved. It takes a good dose of humility to admit when you're wrong and to take criticism to heart. That Gringo was able to do this shows that it is worthy of a second chance.

Follow Cheryl Baehr on Twitter at @CherylABaehr. E-mail the author at Cheryl.Baehr@RiverfrontTimes.com.






Location Info

Gringo

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

Category: Restaurant

Pi Pizzeria-Central West End

400 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

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Deb45
Deb45

Since when do the boys of Pi Pizzeria have what it takes to make a good restaurant?? They were DAYS from filing bankruptcy when President Obama came through & called it the best pizza he ever tasted. Absent that endorsement Pi Pizza wouldn't even still be open much less expanding. But if hipsters want to pay $70+ for a bad cornmeal pizza & 2 beers - go for it. You can't fix stupid.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

$5 or more for a taco will keep me away

Rob Sewell
Rob Sewell

Every single person I have spoken to that has eaten at Gringo has had negative comments about their experience. I am always one to give a new establishement a try, but I am not one to waste my money due to the overall terrible responses. I live in the CWE and so do most of my friends....and we love to support local business. I just hope this place can turn it around.

Zac Miller
Zac Miller

I guess I'll give it another shot. I also experienced dry-ish tacos. They also have a really good Schlafly exclusive ‘Gringo Munich Negra’, a Mexican Munich Dunkel. The other thing that bothered me was the noise level. I could barely communicate with my buddy across the 2-top. Invest in some sound dampeners for the ceiling.

Eerie Mcdowell
Eerie Mcdowell

Yeah if they grind the crickets up just looses its appeal. ..lol

Patricia Ford
Patricia Ford

if you buy! lol no more cricket tacos though that was gross!

Eerie Mcdowell
Eerie Mcdowell

We''ll have to give it another try Patricia when I get back...

Ed Aller
Ed Aller

Looks like somebody starting paying for significantly more ad space.

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