Eastside food court The Zipper now has a new spot for empanadas and dulce de leche bread pudding. Boca Grande, a new Argentinian restaurant serving casual grilled meats and snacks, opened in February in the former ChickPeadx space, The Oregonian first reported.
Yair Maidan, one of the owners of Chickpeadx, closed the falafel spot last year, turning the counter-service restaurant into an homage to his family’s Argentinian roots. The restaurant stays pretty simple: The menu is centered around a few grilled proteins like medium-rare steak and chicken thigh, available in salads, on sandwiches, and alongside sides like tater tots and bean salad.
The restaurant also offers a few classics, like a choripan sandwich: A chorizo sausage served on a roll from Latin American bakery Dos Hermanos. The restaurant, which is still slowly adding hours and dishes, has also begun to sell empanadas on special, as well as one-offs like milanesa. For dessert, the restaurant offers a griddled bread pudding with dulce de leche and whipped cream.
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