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Gregoria’s Kitchen

Posted by DID 29 Jan 2012 One Comment

Serving Cuban food in an upscale yet unstuffy atmosphere, Gregoria’s Kitchen is located in an old house on Chapel Hill Road just up the street from La Vaquita. Lured in by the $20 three course meal, we checked it out this past week during Triangle Restaurant Week.

On a Friday night, we were warmly welcomed by two hosts and seated near a harp player. Despite low lighting, candles on the tables and the harp, Gregoria’s manages to feel casual and relaxed. The friendly waitress talked us into trying their mojitos, which were nice but a little too sweet for my taste. We were immediately brought a plate of fresh bread and a roasted pepper butter spread that was excellent. For our appetizers we choose the Relleno de Platano Maduro (beef-stuffed plantains) and the Croquetas con Jamon (described as dumplings with Spanish ham). The plantains were great – the sweet plantain balancing nicely with the spicy ground beef mixture. The croquetas were almost like a crabcake – a fried and crusty bread mixture topped with slivers of ham.

For our entree’s we chose the skirt steak and the Lechon Asado (roasted pork with grilled veggies). The pork was really similar to NC style pulled pork, hunks of roasted pork tossed in vinegar. The roasted veggies consisted of a large red pepper slice, zucchini and squash. The vegetables were really good, but I’m not sure I’d order the pork again. It was just too similar to an average NC BBQ joint. The steak however was excellent – perfectly rare with a peppery crust and topped with chimichurri sauce and fried cassava. For dessert we had the coconut/pineapple flan and a guava pastry topped with vanilla ice cream – both were great.

Everything that was on the Triangle Restaurant Week menu is on Gregoria’s regular menu as well. Appetizers are $4.50-$9 and entrees are all right around $15 with one $19.95 steak and a $37 seafood paella for two. We really enjoyed dinner and the friendly waitstaff and we look forward trying more of Gregoria’s menu. Gregoria’s is a unique, welcome Durham dinner option that won’t break the bank.

Gregoria’s Kitchen
2818 Chapel Hill Rd
Durham, NC 27707
Tue-Thu 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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  • ilovefood said:

    I went for TRW as well- very disappointed in the pork, it had no seasoning and nothing to accompany it other than the veggies. We also order the shredded skirt steak which also lacked seasoning but it was a saucy dish and the sauce was great. My dining parter actually put the sauce from my dish on his pork to liven it up! The soup was great, calamari was bland and the desserts were good. It’s a cute place and they are starting Sunday brunch and $5 appetizers and mojitos on Tuesdays soon- will give it another shot for that price!

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