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Savor South America at Joyce & Gigi's Kitchen

10.20.2016 by: Hannah Whitman
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One of East Dallas’ most charming restaurants, Joyce & Gigi’s Kitchen, wows with their South American cuisine, adding a delightful twist to traditional dishes. A joint venture of mother-daughter chef duo Gigliola Aguilera and Joyce Stenvall, this beloved spot has been earning well-deserved praise since their opening in December 2012.

Take a taste excursion through flavors from Bolivia, Argentina, Peru and more. 

The margarita and the Joyce & Gigi's (sangria) are two excellent choices for cocktails.

The vibe is chic yet homey, cozy yet romantic. With bossa nova music streaming through the speakers and delicious aromas in the air, you get the feeling you are about to have an authentic dining experience. The service is sophisticated and accommodating—they’re happy to tell the story of Joyce & Gigi. From their Bolivian roots to their love of cooking to their joy of sharing culture, they truly have something special here. The food has character, and they have the heart and soul to back it up.

Mint bread is available in loaves so purchase some for your next event or party. Your friends will thank you.

These flavors and fusions show up not only in their dishes but in their beverages as well. From margaritas to sangrias, South American wines and more, you’re sure to find something that pairs perfectly with your courses. Starters include chicharron (braised/fried pork), pate, empanadas and other enticing options. Among the entrees, you’ll find a number of highlights: anticuchos (beef skewers), churrasco and chicken milanesa. Be sure to get the info on their specials as well!

Chicharron: braised and fried pork ribs with grilled corn and cilantro pesto sauce. Our mouths were watering too. 

Try one of each in the empanada trio: cheese, beef and duck, served with a locoto aioli.

The churrasco is perfect to share with its flap steak, homemade chorizo, fried yuca, arroz con queso and pickled onion salad. Chances are, you may even have leftovers (which keep well).

Although we weren’t able to squeeze in dessert at this divine outing, we’ll be sure to save room for next time. We have our eye on the manjar—caramelized bananas layered and baked with Italian meringue. Yes, please!

Check out their great happy hour (5-7 pm, Mondays and Thursdays; 5-10 pm, Wednesdays) for half-priced apps, wine and cocktails. Happy hour is the perfect time to experience Joyce & GIgi’s Kitchen for the first time. 

{Joyce & Gigi's Kitchen's Official Website}

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