Nestled amidst a fleet of Asian joints on Lawrence Avenue, this Guatemalan-inspired parillada emporium offers a veritable barnyard on your plate: steak, chicken breast, sausage, ribs and pork chops come stacked next to boiled potatoes, guacamole, fired plantains and garlic bread. Add in some dancing and karaoke on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and you've got a great celebration spot.
The parillada will set you back about $45; that's "para dos" (for two). If you're not up to the task, you can go for just one high-class cut of meat with a side like avocado dip and plantains for $15 on average, depending on your choice of animal. House-made chips and salsa are complimentary.
Since it's BYOB, and dressed in hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling street-side windows the place is perfect for the mulitiple-bottle-of-wine conversation set, as long as you don't mind a little live Spanish guitar (on the weekends) in the background. You'll also find a mean sangria, if that's your thing. And all you Wilco fans, keep an eye out for drummer Glen Kotche, who loves the place.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Gavin Paul