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Crave for Latin Foods at Joyce and Gigi’s

Joyce and Gigi’s has been on my To-Eat list for some time now. After doing some recon, I was excited to check this place out. For over a year, I’ve driven past this place without giving it a second thought. To be honest, I thought it was some crappy Asian fast food restaurant because the red and yellow signage reminded me of Lover’s Eggrolls. Whoops! Anyway, the reviews and the menu sounded promising and I was in the mood for something different.

It’s been a while since I’ve been out on a double date, so I thought Joyce and Gigi’s would be a great spot to check out. So who better to invite then my own favorite Guatemalan, Esteban and my really good friend Claire. The restaurant is owned by a mother and daughter and it offers a mix of Argentinian, Bolivian and Peruvian inspired dishes so I hoped he could help me validate with his taste buds if this was a solid joint. (Not that Guatemalan is the same as all South American foods, but there are similarities).

Joyce and Gigi’s is located right next to the Method  coffee shop. It’s a very strange location hidden between a random neighborhood and “the hood” off Ross and Hall St. There isn’t much of parking lot, so we had to valet our cars and hope none of them would go missing later.

The restaurant is super cute on the inside. Very homey and the natural light that pours in makes it instantly likable. The bar area has this faux-kitchen feel to bring out the coziness of the dining room. It was like stepping into grandma’s home and something you wouldn’t expect at all. We were quickly seated and started perusing the menu over a few glasses of the Kaiken (Mendoza red blend wine)….

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Chino Chinatown offers Asian-Latin Fusion

Chino Chinatown was a fun spot to visit on a Friday night. Plus, a visit to Trinity Groves was in order. I remembered what it looked like when the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opened: desolate. Now, the place has transformed into the new “hot” place to go for locals. The addition of all new restaurants in the past two years is so exciting.

This restaurant is supposed to be an Asian-Latin fusion restaurant. I am all about the fusions. New York is all over the fusion scene and it’s definitely nice to see it make an appearance here. Asian foods though, is something I will always be skeptical about. My standards going in were high.

Elotes
Elotes

I experienced both highs and lows. To start, we tried the elotes. Now, I imagined it would come out in a cup, the usual way. Instead, it was still on the cob. Different I supposed. Definitely a lot lighter than the mayo, sour cream, Valentino sauce and cheese saturated globs I’m used to devouring. There were hints of Sriracha and lime. Buttery taste and dusted with cheese. It wasn’t bad. Wasn’t a to-die-for appetizer. Next time, I’m going for the duck fat fries. It’s been noted.

Duck Fat Fried Rice
Duck Fat Fried Rice

Next, we had the Duck Fat Fried Rice. It was delicious. Not sure what duck fat tastes like, but it was basically some bomb ass combination fried rice with chopped bbq pork, shrimp, and peas and carrots. It came with a sunny side up egg on top which was mixed in. I loved that the yolk was able to mix in with the rice. Drool. It wasn’t heavy or saturated with soy sauce, but in my eyes it was still combo fried rice that I just paid $12 for. Regardless, it was my favorite part of the meal. I wasn’t sure what part of the dish had any Latin fusion. Duck is so predominantly Asian, maybe I missed something. Maybe someone should’ve added cheese or a Latin specific vegetable instead of peas and carrots. Just a thought.

20140208-105557.jpgOur main course was the Fajita Steak Drunken Noodles. I felt there was a bit of a clash with flavors. To start, the noodles alone were very tasty. It had the the sweet and the tang, but the overload of sauce made it an overwhelmingly sweet dish. The fajita meat had a strange tangy taste that I wasn’t a fan of eating. I didnt think it went well together. The bell peppers were just a cop out for the “Latin” fusion.

A few dishes definitely don’t define this place. I love that Chino Chinatown attracts a large variety of Dallasites. From food snobs like myself to young couples, business people and even the elderly in need of a night out. I’ll be back. There’s definitely more on their menu that piqued my interest. Next: Pho-zole. Chicharrones. Seabass. I’m coming for you.