First, that’s a long ass name for a restaurant. I thought I’d never stop typing the name of this place. Can you imagine asking someone on a date to this restaurant? “Hey, would you like to meet for dinner at Gaucho Parrilla Argentina?”. Hopefully, your date doesn’t think he or she needs a passport for this restaurant, otherwise you have better decision-making skills to work on.
Gaucho Parilla Argentina (Okay, I’m not going to keep typing that long ass name, how about we just call it Gaucho?) is located in the Strip District in Pittsburgh, PA. It’s an Argentina restaurant that specializes in different flavors with select meats and sides. It’s a place that quickly gets filled during lunch, so if you decide to go during lunch hours make sure you go at the right time. I would say 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. would be a great time. The interior of this restaurant is like an old modern Argentinian restaurant, with high-ceilings and bench seating tables. The restaurant works like a fancy cafeteria. You walk in and there’s a huge menu, you order from there, get your drink and go sit down. The employees will bring your food out to you. Easy enough, right?
During my visit I kept it simple and ordered a Parrillada Mixta, Broccolini, and Roasted Cauliflower. The Parillada Mixta consisted of NY Strip Steak, Camarones, Grilled Chicken, and Sweet Chorizo with two pieces of toast. The NY Strip was ordered medium, even though they burnt the hell out of the end pieces, the grilled chicken was moist, and the Sweet Chorizo was tasty. This was a great meal to share with friends. One person could enjoy this meal by themselves, but a great lunch meal to share. The Steak could’ve been seasoned a bit better, but I had no complaints because I didn’t expect much from this place during lunch. This meal was just fine.
The other meat I ordered were the Camarones. It consisted of Cast Iron seared shrimp with rosemary, garlic and lemon. The shrimp were good, but I should’ve asked for some drawn butter, because I’m sure they would’ve tasted beyond amazing. The shrimp weren’t rubbery, but it wasn’t anything that would fill you up.
The vegetables of the day were the Brocollini and the Cauliflower. The Brocollini was grilled with scallions and lemons which were pretty good and the Cauliflower was roasted with chili oil, scallions, and lemon juice. These vegetables were perfect choices to go with the meat that was ordered because it made a complete well balanced lunch. The Cauliflower was my favorite and it was well seasoned. The Brocollini had a little kick to it but still tasted fresh and sweet.
Overall, this restaurant is a great lunch spot for you to go to if you’re in the area. They offer an extensive menu including empanadas, salads, and vegetables. If you decide to go, let me know what you think.