Cue the confetti, all you south-of-the-border fans, Gringo’s back in town!
Yes, Chris Sommers (of Pi Pizza and ‘ZZA Pizza fame) has one of the hottest corners around for the comeback of Gringo. The relocated, rejuvenated Mexican cantina on the corner of Washington Avenue is upscale and inviting. You’ll find no sombrero-wearing servers or mariachi bands in this trendy taqueria. Even the black decor from former restaurant occupant, Robust, is gone. The place is now enlivened by an all white interior and a bar that dazzles centerstage.
Where the World Turns
I sat in the window at Gringo watching a virtual parade of people on the sidewalks—some having to dodge the ubiquitous scooters now seen about town. Chris noted that the corner of N. 7th and Washington has been referred to as the “Times Square” of St. Louis, a crossroads of downtown pedestrian activity. Come Monday, Chris and Cary plan to thrown open their doors for business offering lunch and dinner seven days a week.
A Bounty of Flavors
Our table started with the addictive corn chips and four sassy-flavored dips. I chose the taco salad, a dish that I’d been missing ever since original Gringo shuttered in 2016 after several years in the Central West End. I nibbled on some scrumptious designer tacos at the table and the charred street corn with lime and mayo. When I chose the Chardonnay, I got one of the best house wines I’ve had any place in town.
Welcome back, Gringo! We’ve missed ya.
Gringo, 635 Washington Avenue, Downtown. Open: Mon-Thu 11a-11p; Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight; Sun 11a-10p. Catering and large private room available. Owners: Chris Sommers and Chef Cary McDowell.