One Saturday afternoon, we headed downtown to meet our daughter and her husband for lunch. They suggested Gusto!, on Piedmont (they have several locations around town). They had been to the Decatur location and described it to us as “like Chipotle”, but not all Mexican. (We use the “like Chipotle” to reference things, a lot, in our family.). The “not all Mexican” aludes to the options they offer:
- Tahini cucumber feta
- Chile sesame bbq
- Ginger lime peanut (Thai-ish)
- Chipotle mango avocado
- Tsiziki lemon artichoke (Mediterranean)
- Sweet soy sirache (Japanese)
You then choose mixed greens or rice (or a combo) or a flatbread, as a protein (chicken, spicy chicken, shrimp or portobello – we’ve even had seared tuna on more recent visits) delivery vehicle.
For our meals, we chose cucumber feta with chicken over half and half.
which was made with tomatoes, cucumber and chickpeas, tossed in a white balsamic dressing and topped with feta cheese. There is also a dressing served on the side with the bowls. This was a fresh, light combination that was surprisingly filling.
I chose the chipotle mango avocado, with spicy chicken over rice.
Made with avocado, mango, black bean and corn (all tossed in a cilantro lime vinaigrette) and topped with jack cheese. This bowl spoke my love language. A perfect mix of tangy, spicy, salty and sweet, particularly when you add the smoky chipotle pepper cream sauce. This has been my go to meal when we need to get our Gusto on, although I did recently branch out and have the seared tuna in a sweeet soy sriracha bowl. This allows me to go to one restaurant and have a choice of two of my four favorite food genres – Asian and Latin American.
Maybe they’ll add some barbecue and burgers, and they’ll hit the quadfecta.