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“Innovative Mexican Food!”
Review of Gringo Jack's

Gringo Jack's
Ranked #20 of 59 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern
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Good for: Bar scene, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Arlington, Vermont
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Innovative Mexican Food!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We ate dinner on a Tuesday night in March 2013. This place is a gem! It has a great menu of both traditional mexican dishes and some really yummy looking BBQ items. There are even entree's that seek to combine the mexican flair with the BBQ items...like a burrito filled with pulled pork!

The mexican food here is very innovative. It is not your usual refried rice and beans. The mexican flavors are fresh, and unique! My date informs me the Margarita's are awesome too! They offer several entree's that could be considered, light, healthy fare which is hard to find in the commericial mexican restaurants, like Chevy's.

The guacamole is home made and awesome!

They serve hot home made corn tortilla chips and flour tortilla chips. They are really good, but also fried (fat bomb alert) and will potentially undo any good of ordering a healthy entree :-(

The check for two persons, no appetizer and one cocktail was $52.00... a bit pricey, but worth it for fresh, innovative Mexican fare.

  • Visited March 2013
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West Shokan, NY
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14 reviews
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“Nice Mexican Food”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Loved this place! We had a terrific person waiting on us. She made excellent suggestions and we really enjoyed every bite. The whole experience was really nice. Highly recommend this place. My husband had pulled pork that he loved and I had a shrimp and avocado salad with the best cilantro ginger salad dressing.

Visited March 2013
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Albany, NY
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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“Liked it better with "patio" dining”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

I just ate at Gringo Jack's with my daughter during the winter. I last ate here quite a few years ago when it was under another name, but it was still essentially the same Mexican restaurant. it was summer and I ate outdoors on the deck in front of the restaurant, which seems like it was wider before. The food here is fair to good, they actually make surprisingly good burgers. The drink selection is very good and this is generally a fun place to go. I don't know if they still have outdoor dining in the warm weather but if so, I would recommend going then for a better experience. Otherwise this place rates fair to middling.

  • Visited February 2013
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New York City, New York
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Needs Work”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

My husband, our 2 daughters who are 7 and 11, and I went to Gringo Jack's for dinner and were placed in what was clearly the "families with young kids" room. It was loud, service is slow and the tables are close together. The food was terrible, except for the chips. I got a mojito and sent it back b/c it was so bad. I got a plain margarita instead and that was fine. If you go here, stick with the basics - don't try anything too unusual. Also, if you go and either don't have kids with you or have kids that are well-behaved, definitely ask not to be seated in the room that has loud families with screaming kids.

  • Visited February 2013
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Princeton, New Jersey
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37 reviews
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“Nice southwestern/Tex-Mex”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Housed in a nice 1800's brick building, the southern decor was immediately inviting and interesting with original art covering the walls (that was also available for purchase). As others have mentioned, the complimentary chips were probably the best i've had in a Tex-Mex restaurant. The Guacamole was also excellent. My wife and I had an appetizer from the specials menu, an arugula salad with baked goat cheese - outstanding.

Our table had a variety of mains, pulled pork and beef tacos, chicken salad and seafood/rice dish. These were unfortunately not on par with the starters. While not bad they were nothing noteworthy and slightly disappointing after the yummy appetizers. The BBQ sauce on the brisket tacos was somewhat overpowering. The service was very good and a mistake by the waiter with some dishes for the kids was remedied within 5-6 minutes.

All in all a solid choice for Tex-Mex in the Stratton/Manchester area.

Summary:

Location/Ambience: 6/10
Warm and eclectic interior in old brick building on Main st.

Food: 6/10

Service: 8/10

  • Visited February 2013
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