Ruth and I discovered Gringo’s Grill in Holland, Michigan last fall. We advise you don’t pass this one by, which is easy enough to do. It is located in a strip mall in what I think of as the “generica” area in northern Holland, along the highway among chain restaurants and big box retailers, about 35 minutes north of our Inn. Rumor has it they are planning a move to the downtown Holland area, which would improve their visibility and image, I think.View Larger Map
The theme here is Mexican, but this is not the usual “wet burrito” place. These folks emphasize using fresh and seasonally excellent ingredients which are creatively put together into interesting and unique items. We usually order the Guacamole prepared tableside for starters
For the salad, try the grilled head of Romaine with caramelized onions, goat cheese, and a shell of parmesian.
A full head of romaine was enough for both of us, so we ordered one entree to share. There are too many interesting choices to share here-we can recommend the fish tacos, chicken empanadas, pork tenderloin with cocoa and dried chile…. This time, we ordered from the “Lighter Fare” section of the menu and chose the sticky shrimp tacos. The main reason was my curiosity about them being sticky and all. The subtext stated the shrimp are tossed in something called a “gastric” which turns out to be a sweet glaze. This came with choice of soup, salad, or beans & rice.
Full wine/beer and mixed drinks available, live music on Thursday nights. Full menu available on their website.
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