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Nuno's

rudeboy | Feb 22, 2008 10:58 AM

This place is a bar on 6th street, but now, it is also a bar and grill in the old Don Luis location. We went today for lunch....they are expanding their music offerings to this location, are working on the outdoor stage, and will eventually build a volleyball court. Inside, it looks the same as Don Luis, with decorative differences. It just opened, so customers were sparse and the service still learning the menu, etc.

Anyhow, my first impression was that the menu was too much - chicken wings, sandwiches, burgers, mexican food, 10 different veggies, pizza, steaks...all over the map. I was concerned if they could execute all of that, and concerned about all the overhead with all the different items.

Here's what we all ordered:
Tika Tika chicken (or something like that): a whole half marinated and roasted chicken. It was very good with a nice char and a hint of the marinade. I chose grilled asparagus and mac and cheese (which was made the right way, and in house). A great deal for $8.99, as I have the rest of it for another meal, snack, or tacos (they gave me corn tortillas with it).
Hamburger - can't remember what all was on it, but it was a large, med rare burger with thick slices of tomato and spicy dill slices, lettuce. The cheese was melted on top of the burger. The guy that ordered it kept squawking about how good it was and he is a burger connoisseur, among other things. Came with homemade chips (ranch, bbq, or plain) or fries.
Nachos - A big plate of nachos with thick, what looked like homemade corn chips. Completely covered with a lot of different stuff neatly arranged. He liked it, but he's a pretty simple guy when it comes to food. He commented that he liked how the guac was at one o’clock, the sour cream at 4, jalapenos at 6, and two different cheeses at 10 and 3. No one was really sure what he was talking about.
Turkey Pot pie - I didn't see this dish, but the guy that ordered it said that it had "a lot of soul in it." He's sort of an ethereal hippie libertarian, so you never know what's going to happen. I tried to pin him down on some more tangible specifics. He thought that it was going to be a little prefab round thing, but it was a piece cut from an obviously larger whole homemade pie.

Black forest ham sandwich - Ham with cheese on a pretzel bun. huh? I tasted it, and it tasted okay, but the ham, cheese and pretzel all together was a little salty. Their sandwich section is limited, but there are cards on the table where you make up your own sandwich, give it a name, and then turn it in for an order. I might introduce the "Razorback" next time I go there. I think eventually, they intend to add the best ones to the menu. The waitress said that the chef would make "anything."

Anyhow, the five us all agreed that they surprised up, and we'll definitely go back. We went in half expecting that Don Luis would be at the door, just opening up under a different name, so it took a while for the paradigm shift. The name is Nuno's, not Nuño's - the owner is Portuguese. I asked when they'd have balcalau on the menu (as a joke); she said "call in ahead of time, he'd love to make it for you.

I admire their zeal, and the food was good. I think that you should all try it.
Happy hour - $2 domestics, $3 something, and margaritas. Can't remember the specifics, but it is from 4 to 7 PM.

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