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Friday, April 30, 2010

Americano’s cheesesteak grill-oh, and pastry shop, too


Americano’s cheesesteak grill-oh, and pastry shop, too

Just off of el centro on Bravo between Revolucion and Madero you will find John’s Americano’s Grill. I’ve long debated whether the name referred to the man running the place, or if it meant that here be eponymous land of freedom food, or exactly what. Given the logo, with the proud head of lady liberty surrounded by a cheesesteak sandwich and glittering aerial bombs bursting in the air, one might be tempted to think the food was Authentic American.
Checking the menu, the cheesesteak grill is a parody of Americana. Sure there are kraut dogs, and cheesesteak sandwiches, and malted milkshakes, and pies, too but it all has a decidedly local flavor about it, from the beans side dish to the rolls holding the meat for the sandwiches to the variations on the pseudo namesake sandwich itself.
The look of the place is decidedly bowery chic. The walls are yellow with green sponge paint or is it the other way around, ubiquitous plastic tables and chairs covered in unhemmed oilcloth, a rattling air conditioner over the door and the smell of fried foods that hover over the dining area. Termite-softened wood molding at the entrance greets each customer and occasionally on my morning neighborhood walks (the restaurant is a block away from my bakery) a homeless person obligingly lends character and charm by sleeping in the doorway alcove. He is usually gone by the time the restaurant opens at 10 a.m. Closing hours are three p.m. unless prior arrangements are made. And on Saturday, there is an all you can eat buffet for 75 pesos. “It's based on what we have left from the week's activities so we can clear out and start fresh on Tuesday.” Now that’s truly the American entrepreneurial spirit! Seriously, though. Check the place out. It’s a real contender.
Americano’s cheesesteak grill and pastry shop. Wi-Fi/Delivery. Bravo 150. Ten to three Tuesday through Saturday.

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La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Before gaining control of my life, I created pastries for some cool places in California: San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Brix Restaurant in Napa and The Lodge in Sonoma. Now I am the chef/owner of Pan D' Les bakery in La Paz. My personal favorite is the Multigrano loaf, full of crunchy seeds and a nice chewy crust.