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Dining Out For Life: Spotlight on Asado

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on April 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm | No Comments »
April 28, 2010 5:41 pm
The happy hour menu at Asado includes serrano prawns (foreground), steak skewer, and Asado burger dip (rear). Photo by Peter Haley / Staff photographer

Taking a date out for Dining Out For Life tomorrow? Wining and dining doesn’t get more date appropriate than the sophisticated space at Asado on Sixth Avenue. Beef is what you should order at Asado. Steaks arrive licked from mesquite-fueled fire. Chimichurri, the Argentinian condiment similar to pesto, adds herbal dimension.

The Sixth Avenue eatery is one of dozens that will participate in Dining Out For Life, the dine-out event where participating restaurants in Pierce County will donate 25 percent of meal sales to the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. To contribute all you have to do is dine at Asado or another participating restaurant listed here. But if you want to do more, you can donate $25 and get a dining discount card good at 12 participating restaurants for future Tuesday dining. Read details in this blog post from Monday.

I paid a visit in February to Asado, along with its sister restaurant across the street, Masa. I also took a bite out of Primo Grill and Crown Bar, both of which will participate in Dining Out For Life tomorrow. Click “more” to read about the happy hour menu items pictured here. Asado is open for lunch and dinner tomorrow, and happy hour will be between 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Asado’s happy hour offers $3 discounts on the bar menu. Here’s what I ate on my last visit in February. Prices listed here are happy hour prices.

Burger dip ($9.75): A mixture of ground sirloin and chorizo made for a meaty, thick burger. The sandwich was served on a hefty, chewy roll with melted Beecher’s white cheddar cheese. The sandwich oozed with so much burger juice, we deemed the side of veal and garlic au jus sauce unnecessary. Sweet potato fries tossed in a pungent garlic-herb chimichurri butter made for piquant noshing.

Calamari frito ($6.75): Strips of narrowly sliced calamari steak came coated with a crisp breading with salty dimension. The flavor brightened immensely with the addition of yellow bell pepper aioli and cilantro jalapeño dipping sauces.

Filete parrilla skewer ($6.75): A skewer of marinated skirt steak arrived sizzling hot from a tease of flame. A slightly charred exterior yielded to tender, juicy beefiness. The skewer came perched atop a bed of toothsome lentils infused with cinnamon.

Serrano-wrapped prawns ($10.50): Big, chunky prawns were wrapped up snug in salty slices of silky serrano ham. Mixed greens dressed with truffle oil added bitter bite and cut the richness of the dish.

Chorizo and clams ($12): The white wine sauce came perfumed by meaty chorizo and wafted with garlic and shallots. The dish created a grab-battle for the grilled potato bread, a perfect sponge for sopping up the delicious sauce. The clams were grit-free and tender, as they should be.

Where: 2810 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
Info: 253-272-7770 or

Read more here about happy hours at Primo Grill, Crown Grill and Masa – all three are participating in Dining Out For Life tomorrow, April 29.

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