The Ritchies, Allison, Janet, Meredith and Mike dig in to Argentine-influenced cuisine at Asado.(Peter Haley/The News Tribune/2006)
This just in from TNT editorial writer Cheryl Tucker:
Here's a great addition to lunchtime options on Sixth Avenue: Asasdo.
Starting Monday, Asado will serve lunch. According to bartender Will, it's the first time the restaurant has offered lunch service.
I found this out totally by serendipity Friday. With the day off and temps forecast for the high 70s, I thought I'd see who was serving open-air lunch on Sixth Avenue. A parking spot magically materialized near Asado, and I noticed the front windows wide open.
Wandering in, I was told that Asado was having a reservations-only free lunch (except for alcohol) as a dry run for Monday's real start to lunch service, but that clueless drop-ins like myself would be accommodated.
My dumb luck translated into an excellent lunch: grilled prawn skewer on poblano polenta with chimichurri sauce. And Will fixes a great Caipirinha (a South American cocktail made of cachaca, lime, sugar and club soda). His secret, which he happily divulged, is a brown sugar/molasses mixture instead of regular sugar. That gives the usually colorless drink a nice amber hue.
The skewers are also available at happy hour (2:30 to 6). I'll be back for that, and I'd also like to try the fish, beef and lamb sliders. The rest of the lunch menu looks tempting, too.