Choripan, the Milanesa sandwich and Napolitana — all are dishes that are rated five stars on Gaucho’s

Argentine Cuisine’s website. According to the owner, they have customers coming from throughout the Pacific Northwest to try their homemade Argentinian food.

Gaucho’s opened for business in Milwaukie nearly one year ago. After moving into an already-established business — the popular breakfast spot, Sully’s Cafe, 2037 S.E. Jefferson St. — Silvia Schmidt and her husband, Hans, decided to keep Sully’s Cafe open and start their new restaurant for dinner on the weekends.

by: PHOTOS COURTESY: GAUCHOS - Gaucho's Argentine Cuisine serves one of its most popular dishes, the 'Parrilla para dos,' enough grilled meat to share.“Sully’s is too famous to get rid of,” said Schmidt of the 10-year Milwaukie staple. “It has a huge following for breakfast, and Argentinians don’t really eat breakfast, just coffee.” Sully’s is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Gaucho’s is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

According to Schmidt, so far, the restaurant has been a lot of work, but the response they’ve gotten has been a gift. “People who come and eat here absolutely love the food,” she said. “It makes it all worthwhile.”

Gaucho’s specializes in home-cooked Argentinian cuisine. Schmidt and her husband were both born and raised in Argentina, as was their chef. After their kids moved out, Schmidt and her husband, who were looking for something to keep them busy, decided to try something new.

To Schmidt, the best thing about owning an Argentinian restaurant is the food. Schmidt’s favorite dish is “Parrilla para dos,” Gaucho’s signature dish. It’s an assortment of meats said to feed two, but according to Schmidt, it can feed more. Skirt steak, short ribs, sweetbreads and chicken all come to your table on a portable grill. She also enjoys the homemade empanadas, which come filled with chicken, beef or spinach.

While some of Gaucho’s menu items are available at Sully’s, it’s best to come on the weekend and eat your fill of authentic Argentine PHOTOS COURTESY: GAUCHOS - Guitarists often serenade evening diners at Gaucho's Argentine Cuisine.

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