The Union Recorder

January 16, 2014

Gringos serves up tacos, beer, tequila

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville taqueria Gringos is serving up one-of-a-kind tacos with its popular beers and variety of tequilas. 

“Gringos offers a unique, laid back atmosphere that’s slightly edgy. This type of restaurant is fitting for people with busy lifestyles,” said Jason Medders, owner of Gringos, Aubri Lanes and Quiznos. “You don’t have to eat foods that are unhealthy, cheap and quick. Guests don’t have to sacrifice quality for price at Gringos; they get high-quality food that tastes good without it costing a lot of money.”

Located on West Hancock Street in the former downtown Quiznos location next to Amici, Gringos held its grand opening the weekend of the Deep Roots Festival in October.

“Quiznos just didn’t go over well in downtown at all. So I thought a taqueria was a good idea since it’s such a cool and fun thing going on right now,” Medders said. “Our grand opening went great. We offered a limited menu with either chicken or beef because we were training our staff. Now we change and flip our tacos with different meats.”

The menu consists of a range of its famous tacos, from barbecue pork, veggie bean, grilled chicken, ground beef and fried fish to lime shrimp, buffalo chicken, short rib and philly. Customers can choose a starter to kickoff their meal with chips, seasoned with special Gringos chip salt, dipped in fresh house salsa, guacamole or jalapeno queso.

“We recently added nachos to our menu that comes with queso cheese, cilantro sour cream, pico de gallo, house salsa and any type of meat. We also added a variety of quesadillas with our best selling one being the buffalo chicken quesadilla, which is made with fried chicken in buffalo sauce with black beans, corn and fresco cheese,” Medders said. “Our fish taco is very popular right now; it’s made with tilapia that’s lightly dusted in cornmeal and fried, and served with crispy fried jalapenos, coleslaw and jalapeno ranch sauce.”

Customers can create their own alcoholic beverages, or taste the eatery’s special drinks, including Pomegranate Passion, Skinny Rita and Corona Rita. The popular $45 Millionaires Margarita is made with Herradura Seleccion Suprema triple anejo tequila, the only bottle of its kind within a 300 miles, fresh lime juice, Cointreau with a float of Grand Marnier 100 and served straight up in a martini glass.

“We have over 25 different types of tequila; not your everyday liquors. Our Corona Rita is just so impressive,” Medders said. “The spring and summer time is going to be really fun. We hope people come here to check us out.”

The taco shop also offers daily specials, including Margarita Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wild Wednesdays and $1 beef and chicken tacos on Thursdays. City of Milledgeville Day is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, during which county and city employees and downtown business owners receive 10 percent off their total food purchase. Buckets of beer and pitcher specials are available all day on College Day Saturdays.

“We have a beer pong tournament every Wednesday that starts at midnight and the kitchen is open until midnight as well,” Medders said. “On Tuesday, Feb. 4, we’ll be starting open mic night. We want to pursue some singer songwriters to come out.”

Gringos is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The late night crowd is catered to until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Gringos will offer the lunch and dinner menu on Sundays starting in the spring.

“In the spring time, we will be sourcing more of our produce from the local farmers markets,” Medders said.

For more information about the restaurant’s daily specials, or upcoming events, call 478-295-3200, or visit the Gringos Milledgeville Facebook page.