1410 N. Gessner
Several of our South American restaurants have Uruguayan dishes on their menus but so far as I know this is our only eatery identifying solely as Uruguayan. There is an image of the Uruguayan flag on the menu board.
On a second visit I stuck to the empanadas, going for a Leek and Cheese and a Shrimp.
There are 14 empanadas on the menu board including several breakfast options and 2 sweets - Dulce de Leche and Sweet Potato. There are also ten 'Meals' on another menu board, including the Choripan and a Chivito Burger and a Chivito Sandwich. That last one is considered the national dish of Uruguay and it's on the menu of several South American restaurants around town, usually occupying a prominent place on the menu. Gram's online menu describes theirs as flat iron steak, ham, bacon and cheese plus a fried egg. I'm pretty sure I saw one on one of my visits and it's a very good looking sandwich. The Chivito Burger substitutes a hamburger patty for the flat iron steak.
There are several tables on a covered porch on the south side of the little stand and a drive thru window on the opposite side. Despite the drive-thru, Gram's is not fast food - empanadas are cooked when ordered, not sitting under a heat lamp, and it takes about 10 minutes.
A couple of real winners and more to explore sums it up. Gram's Empanadas should definitely be on anybody's list for an Empanada Crawl.
Gram's Empanadas on GrubHub
Sunday, March 22, 2015
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