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Gourmet Gringos

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on November 13, 2013 / review policy

gourmet gringos bathurst torontoGourmet Gringos, Toronto's favourite mobile taqueria (voted AwesTRUCK's People's Choice 2013), has a new fixed address on Bathurst south of St. Clair. It's a cheerful 24-seat eatery that offers an expanded menu of Latin street foods available from this all new stationary source.

gourmet gringosOwners Krystian Catala and Terry Nicolaou have been using the space as the food truck's commissary and production kitchen for catering operations. Now open to the public, the interior has been renovated to accommodate casual dining and quick take-out.

gourmet gringosSelect walls radiate bright orange and grey accents but the rest is still a work in progress. An airbrushed mural will eventually adorn one of the currently white walls. At the back, chalkboard menus herald the DIY bar where tacos ($6.95/2 or $8.95/3), burritos ($7.95) and quesadillas ($7.95) are customized with a choice of a half dozen or so fillings.

gourmet gringosThere's all the standards that you would expect: carne asada, pork carnitas, chicken tinga, chorizo, veggies, plus mole beef short ribs and daily specials like, say, lamb barbacoa. Fresh toppings, rice, beans and salsas can be applied per personal preference. Carb-conscious eaters can choose to go with a lettuce wraps instead of traditional corn tortillas or to opt for signature salads like the Tijuana Caesar ($6.95), Cactus ($6.95) or Mexican Corn ($7.95).

gourmet gringosThe kitchen also sends out specialties from the fryer like Chicharron Poutine ($9.95) and Fish Tacos ($8.95) served two per order and topped with beer battered Mahi-Mahi, guacamole, chipotle aioli and slaw. Prime specimens! I'll be back for these.

gourmet gringosThe Nachos ($7.95), too big to be a side dish, are layered over a base of freshly fried tortillas and come topped with cheese, chipotle aioli, pico de gallo, black beans, ranchero salsa and a choice of meat. A dollop of gauc on top is included too.

Gourmet Gringos is set to expand further with a suburban outpost poised to open in Aurora in the next couple months. Currently the Bathurst location is open daily from 11am until 9pm (until 10pm on weekends).

gourmet gringosgourmet gringosPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

20 Comments

Dave / November 13, 2013 at 08:49 am
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I don't know about any "DIY" section of the restaurant, but it is a very nice place.
Very friendly staff.
IL / November 13, 2013 at 09:30 am
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i almost cried when i saw that they were opening in our hood!
David / November 13, 2013 at 10:27 am
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How is it DIY when someone else does it for you?
Tex / November 13, 2013 at 11:01 am
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This looks more like Tex Mex than Mexican food to me. It seems to me that perhaps we feel safer when "Mexican" food is interpreted for us by non-Mexicans. In general, those are the restaurants that seem to get the most publicity in Toronto.
Rick / November 13, 2013 at 11:09 am
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Finally! I just wish it were closer to my place.

Grab a spot near the core please!
lindsay / November 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm
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look how friggin expensive TWO fish tacos are!!!
AA / November 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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$9 for 2 tacos is too much (IMO)

I can get restaurant tacos at hot-spot locations throughout the city for cheaper than that
Dave replying to a comment from Tex / November 13, 2013 at 02:24 pm
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It's not Mexican food though, it's South American food.
Head Chef is Venezuelan I do believe.
poh / November 13, 2013 at 04:50 pm
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DOUBLE WRAP THOSE TACOS!
Amanda / November 13, 2013 at 04:59 pm
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Prices are pretty fair. Actually cheaper than most places by $1-$2. And the food here is in generous portions. For their price, it's def worth it.
kisten replying to a comment from lindsay / November 13, 2013 at 05:27 pm
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Read carefully, it is $8.95 for 3 tacos. Seems fair to me.
kisten replying to a comment from lindsay / November 13, 2013 at 05:32 pm
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Just to clarify, with the exception of fish and shrimp tacos, 3 tacos are $ 8.95.
Nathaelle / November 14, 2013 at 09:31 am
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People saying $8 for 2 fish tacos is too much have obviously never been to the truck. Holy crap i'd trek half the city and pay double for these 2 fish tacos. They're the best fish tacos i've ever had.
Andrew / November 14, 2013 at 10:36 am
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These are the best fish tacos I have ever had. at least now I won't have to go half way around the city chasing the truck to get them!
Anna / November 14, 2013 at 10:55 am
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I live in the hood and its worth giving a try. Just hate opting to try new South-Central American food when I can just got to Tenoch down the road and get CHEAP and DELICIOUS food. I'll try it out tho
Lucy / November 17, 2013 at 11:40 am
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Went last night and really, really enjoyed it. Prices didn't bother me. Fish tacos were amazing!!
Michael replying to a comment from Dave / November 18, 2013 at 06:28 pm
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Head chef is actually from Mexico.
Heather / March 21, 2014 at 06:54 pm
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Overrated. The portion is tiny and sloppily threw together. Mind you, I had it from their food truck. $11.95+ tax for two tiny ass peices of fish taco. PLUS TAX from a food truck?! Usually it's included in the price. What a joke. I thought I got something from a copy cat look a like truck, but nope, it's def them. There are other places with more satisfying quality and quantity than these guys.
J / June 23, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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Bets Mahi mahi fish taco I've had so far!
Garneau / July 26, 2014 at 09:06 pm
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Got this delivered tonight. Was awesome.

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