It was great from the very first time….fish tacos while lounging by the pool, but even better when we experienced the restaurant full service. Eating at the Gallo Blanco Cafe & Bar for a sit down dinner was definitely much better than just sampling the food at the pool. It is my favorite American-Mexican restaraunt. The food has an american twist on the old favorites. The fish taco is topped with guacamole and pico de gallo. The house salad is made with romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, Cotija cheese, pumpkin seeds, orange, jicama, and tortilla strips finished with a citrus vinaigrette and tastes absolutely delicious! I wanted to order another one. The savory taste of the roasted pumpkin seeds left my mouth singing with joy. I can’t wait to eat it again…..soon.
The tacos are served on a taco party tray…its a fiesta in itself. I had the fish tacos, which for this day was Ahi tuna-lucky for me, porque es mi favorita; but on a sour note-when the server announced the fish in the fish taco, not the noted menu item, she never announced the price increase. I didn’t mind paying the extra $2.00 but she should have disclosed the price increase too. The tacos are on soft shell, which tasted homemade, but this time they tasted store bough (not so fresh). The red cabbage is an american twist gone great! I normally don’t enjoy the white sauce on fish tacos, but i think this one might have had a citrus twist and i didn’t mind it at all. The ahi tuna was lightly seared to perfection! It was bright red and melted in my mouth!
The sides are served ala carte here, which is very american. The beans were great with the tortilla strips, which tasted like they were made in house. I also liked the roasted tomato salsa, it was so spicy and flavorful, not much tomato, just how i like it! One thing I definitely didn’t enjoy, but got the joke (green tomatoes instead of red tomatoes are definitely american) was the rice made with green tomatoes. It was a cross between soft, fluffy and hard sticky rice (that from the bottom of the pan when you leave the pot on the stove and then scrap it) served mixed with a tomatillo salsa made with too much onion…..very weird and not tasty at all! That was one taste of rice, where once is enough, next time i’ll just have to order two salads and more tacos!
The guacamole ala americano, served with their thick tortilla chips, was really just halves of an avocado and a citrus salsa, which had grapefruit slices in whole slivers. A little too much onion and fruit for me, but it was still tasty. I’ll definitely order this again.
The sangria was a little cup of heaven. It was perfect. Not too sweet, not too much liquor, not too bitter and laden with diced fruit. Our service was great as well! There was always a server around; asking about the food, with a keen understanding of knowing when not to interupt. That is superb service, they are around and available, but not hoovering. The decor is very fun. We sat in the window at a tall table with a perfect view of the uptown high rise buidlings. Our meal was served up with a beautiful backdrop, spanish music enveloping the room and a delicious twist on the food I grew up with, making it exactly the way I wanted it, I just wish the spanish rice brought me home.
Gallo Blanco Cafe & Bar
401 W Clarendon Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013