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Three score and ten or more

Saturday, June 25, 2011


This evening we invited our grandson and his parent to dinner in celebration of his high school graduation. We had planned to go to Ringside in Portland because we go some wonderful steaks there time we went. Unfortunately we couldn’t get reservations this evening so we asked my son to suggest another place. He played with his magic telephone for a minute or two and said that he had heard good things about a Brazilian Steak House called El Gaucho. We called for reservations, got them and off we went.

What a wonderful choice. We had an appetizer called Wicked Shrimp, and got great shrimp in what they called “El Diablo sauce” and followed up with a variety of dishes. My grandson and I had a sirloin steak with lobster medallions called the El Gaucho steak with asparagus etc. My daughter in law had a chicken dish with lobster medallions, my son had a rib eye steak that probably was as good as it looked (and it looked wonderful), and my wife ordered something called “Flaming Swords” with tenderloin medallions. We ordered sides to share, and Janet and I shared a baked potato that was totally decadent, and the man came with the Flaming Sword and set it ablaze at our tableside.

Everything was absolutely top notch including the fiery tenderloin. The service was out of this world with an ambiance that was also first rate with lighting that was just barely light enough to read the menu and very good Latin (I presume Brazilian) music . To top it off, because it was our first time in the restaurant and in honor of grandson’s graduation the manager provided a complementary desert of “Bananas Foster” another flaming dish prepared at tableside.

All in all, it was the best restaurant experience we have had in several years, and if any of you pass through Portland Oregon, I heartily suggest that you seek out El Gaucho. What a wonderful place.


At 4:52 PM, Blogger Norma said...

I've enjoyed your trip west.


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