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Gram's Empanadas - Uruguayan - Spring Branch

brucesw | Apr 26, 201510:07 PM

1410 N. Gessner @ Longpoint

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.79521...

14 empanadas on the menu including 2 sweet and several breakfast varieties, 10 'meals' + beverages

The Choripan, a typical South American sausage sandwich, featured a Uruguayan chorizo made from chunks of meat rather than ground, like a Brazilian Paio, butterflied and over-done on the grill, with a schmear of mayo and a thin slice of tomato and way too big a bun and too much lettuce. Not a very successful sandwich.

The beef and cheese and leek and cheese empanadas (pictured) were both very good, with minced onion, red, green and yellow bell pepper and a gooey, stretchy melted cheese. The shrimp empanada uses tiny frozen, tasteless shrimp and the crab empanada uses surimi.

Another sandwich I saw but haven't tried looked very good, the Chivito, the national dish of Uruguay. There are no descriptions on the menu board but from online this is flatiron steak, ham, bacon and cheese, plus a fried egg. There is also a Chivito burger substituting a hamburger patty for the flatiron.

The french fries accompanying the sandwich were of the crinkle-cut, frozen persuasion and forgettable. A creamy, slightly spicy green sauce accompanies the empanadas.

No indoor seating so consider the weather. There's a drive-thru but this is not fast food - things are cooked when ordered.

It's a family operation. Both times I've been I've seen 4 or 5 people inside putting things together.

Gram's menu on GrubHub:

https://www.grubhub.com/houston/grams...

Looks like they've changed the menu since I was there. I don't remember a calamari empanada.

ETA: I tried to include some pictures with this post but it wouldn't post. If you want to see pictures, here's my blog post:

http://chilibobshoustoneats.blogspot....

Text is pretty much the same.

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