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Hipster Churros and Froze Come to New West Town Taqueria and Beer Garden Next Week

Take a sneak peek at the Gringo’s patio and food

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Enjoy decadent churros at the Gringo.
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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

The Gringo, the new taqueria and beer garden taking over the Grandview Tavern in West Town, will open next week. Customers will find hipster churros topped with ingredients like Pop Rocks candies and ancho chili chocolate sauce, as well as flaming queso fundido. The star attraction is the 60-seat back patio that hosts its own back bar.

The opening date is Thursday, June 7 at 1202 W. Grand Avenue. The bar is the third restaurant from the owners of AMK Kitchen Bar in Bucktown and Nosh & Booze in the West Loop. They’ll serve fancy boozy slushies and margaritas. Yes, they’ll have froze.

Chef Barney Smith created a menu with 10 tacos including two vegetarian options. There’s also a quesadilla with habanero honey-glazed bacon and fried chicken nachos. The 10 churros on the menu include one topped with Girl Scout cookies (Samoas). While fun and light hearted, given the Gringo’s name, they’re not really interested in authenticity.

The space dates back decades, and AMK feels they can fill a neighborhood niche. Take an early peek at the space and read the menu below. The Gringo opens on Thursday.

Gringo Menu by Ashok Selvam on Scribd

The facade has a spiffy new paint job.
It’s a compact space as the back patio is the bar’s real treasure.
There’s a map on the ceiling.
The plants in back call customers to explore the great outdoors.
Tequila and bourbon fill the bar.
West Town missed this patio space.

The seating and floors have been rehabbed.
Enjoy tacos, churros, and tequilas outdoors.
The outdoor bar is partially covered.
A view from the back of the patio.
Reposado Negroni
Gringo’s Paloma
The trio of tacos: fried fish, carne asado, and grilled chicken.
The hipster churros in four varieties.

The Gringo

1202 West Grand Avenue, , IL 60642 (312) 265-1655 Visit Website