New Restaurant Alert: Gringo at SM North EDSA, Quezon City
Chicken and more!
Gringo Chicken, Ribs, and Friends
G/F SM North EDSA The Block, Quezon City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) If it follows that a table covered in chicken, nachos, tacos, and mojitos is equivalent to a good time, then you’re definitely going to have a blast at Gringo Chicken, Ribs, and Friends. Gringo is a newly opened Latin restaurant at SM North EDSA where servers happily yell out “Hola” when you enter and “Thank you” when you leave.
We're loving the wall.
Flash those mussels.
The enthusiasm hints at what you’ll get on the plate. Gringo charges at your taste buds however they can with flavor, even with the smallest means. Take, for example, the Nachos de Amigos (P255). The tray of overloaded chips is enough to titillate anyone’s appetite, but each tiny element explodes on its own: from the smoky shreds of chicken to the sturdy but incredibly thin corn chips (repurposed in the kitchen to be the crunchiest chips) to the mashed beans that are delightfully tart.
The pork bits in the Porky Pork Belly Street Tacos (P88), on the other hand, are cooked to a crisp to give the soft wrap an extra oomph in texture. This is what Gringo’s does—doing little details that don’t look like much but spell all the difference.
Nachos de Amigos
These nachos have been blessed.
You can't get any porkier than these.
We’ve never met a chicken place we didn’t at least become curious about, and Gringo’s is no exception. Their chicken (P148 to P648) is intriguingly baked then grilled to such a gorgeous brown shade that you’ll wish there was more skin to go around so you can relish them more. The best part is that the lemony, zingy flavor lasts till the bone. Go for a spicier thrill with the Southern Spice (P158 to P655).
Baby Back Ribs
It feels like a cheat to come to a chicken place and fall in love with the ribs, but the baby back racks (P325 to P1,099) are hard to resist. Maybe it’s because they’re so unresistingly tender that you’ll probably leave the knife on the side and enjoy it the way they’re meant to be—with your hands. Gringo’s even encourages it. The glaze is slightly sweet barbecue sauce that will definitely have you hooked.
1875 Pot Stewed Beef (P365)
Crispy Catfish Salsa
Name your poison.
For a restaurant that goes for that side-alley look, the flavors of Gringo’s dishes are immensely bright. Next to nachos and chicken and ribs, the Crispy Catfish Salsa (P365) may not seem like much, but it definitely knows how to stand out. The tartness in the salsa knows how to show off that delicate, subtle profile of this tasty fish.
Gringo’s might be the new kid on the block—literally, it’s on that side of SM North—but it proves that Latin flavors will always excite us.
Photos by Hans Fausto