Pampas Argentine Grill
The lunch crew had mentioned that the nearby Pampas Grill served Argentine cuisine. It hadn't been chosen recently because the prices were a little higher for lunch. I was still curious about the food so I had Dennis meet me there for lunch one day. The restaurant is very close to the air field off Aero Drive, between I-15 and I-163 highway. Parking was easy and we were seated in the larger dining area complete with a stage for their occasional evening performances!
The waitress mentioned that the empanadas here were good so we had to pick out several flavors! Pictured is the beef, chicken, cheese, and spinach empanada (2.75 each) but externally they look about the same! We cut those suckers open to see what was inside!
The first one we tried was the beef on the bottom right. It was subtle like a pot pie but less beefy tasting. The chicken on the bottom left made me think of Mexican rice but not quite. The upper left was spinach which was combined with a white cheese like parmesan or mozzarella. The cheese one had a cheddar flavoring but not a lot of content. We found that the veggie one was the biggest but didn't have more content than the others. The beef one was smallest for our sampling.
The pastry crust was the same for all. It was on the softer side where crumbs wouldn't get everywhere but strong enough to hold the goodies inside. I thought it was an interesting sampler but none of the flavors wow'ed me enough to warrent ordering more.
What did wow me was the Chimichurri Sauce which was oh so yummy for dipping the appetizer bread in! I had to look up a recipe right then and there to see what was inside this sauce, which is usually finely-chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and white or red wine. Sounds like a real keeper!
For entrees, the Open Faced Skirt Sandwich (13.95) caught my eye. You can choose between fries or argentine rice so we ordered fries with this. They turned out to be crispy thin but underseasoned.
The sandwich was the winner of this meal. I am a sucker for carmelized onions, bell peppers and tasty meat morsels to go with. This combination did not disappoint me!
This is the other entree, the Beef Milan (10.50). The meat portion was very large and thin. The soft and pliable breading was only lightly seasoned. I wished that the meat underneath was flavored a little better and overall was a bit on the drier side for me. The lemon squeeze helped a little. I chose the argentine rice as the side but didn't really care for the taste, which was a bit on the bland side and too soft.
We came for a late lunch but there were still multiple customers dining at the same time as us. It works as a business lunch kind of place with prices generally over $10 so not the cheapest of lunches in the area. I actually wouldn't mind trying a few other items if coworkers came out here though.
Pampas Argentine Grill
8690 Aero Dr #105
San Diego CA 92123
It's spelled, 'Chimichurri'
Thanks, I'll correct it! That chimichurri is TASTY! Gotta get the lunch crew to come back!
No problem, chimichurri is a strange word for a great sauce!
Thanks for your honest review of our food ~ Hope to serve you soon, BEST!
I'm not a huge fan of their food (for the price) but their chimichurri sauce is one of the best I've had. I could make a meal out of that and some bread!
I'm not sure if I've had chimichurri sauce before but now I'm a fan! I find it a refreshing change to the appetizers I'm used to getting.
I tried to get co-workers to go here in the past as well but everyone balked at the prices. So I haven't been! That skirt steak sandwich looks divine.
Well if there is a lunch special, I'm more willing to go! This place has comparable prices to Bud's Louisiana, if you've ever been there before. Price really isn't too bad though and the food is unique.
I love Bud's. I loved their cornmeal batter on their shrimp and the beignets they do during the week.
The open faced steak sandwich looks delicious. We recently visited Puerto la Boca and BF thought they chimi sauce was quite good there. Empenadas to me always look like hot pockets for some reason.
Hah, I made a similar comment on your Puerto la Boca post before I knew you left one on mine! I want to find more chimichurri spots! I also tried hot pockets and lean pockets within the last year or two but they always just disappoint me. Or I burn my tongue. I'll stick with empanadas instead.
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