Wanna get away? No need to pack your bags, just drive on up to Parkville for a lovely evening at Piropos Grille.
The original Piropos was in Parkville, but it moved several years ago to Briarcliff where it remains today. The Parkville location was used solely for private events until recently, when it became a Latin American grill. More casual than its Argentinian sibling, Piropos Grille sits on a perch overlooking the quaint town of Parkville and the Missouri River. It sports spectacular views, particularly during the fall foliage.
But it’s not just about the setting. The food and service are excellent, and there’s something for everyone.
We started with Ensalada Tres Colores, which evokes a bit of Europe rather than Latin America. It’s the quintessential French salad–shredded carrots, celery root and beets, presented separately on the plate, and dressed with a citrus vinaigrette a bit heavy on the oil.
Instead of bread or rolls, toasted breads are served, accompanied by chimichurri sauce (an oil with chopped green herbs) and garlic puree in oil. Both are addictive and threatened to spoil our appetites, but we managed to persevere.
We opted for the more Latin American dishes on the menu–pork tamales, arepas (corn masa cake stuffed with chicken and black beans), a fish taco, and chicken mole with beans and rice (which they were kind enough to split for us). Tamales can be dry and heavy, Piropos Grille’s are neither. Same with the arepas. And the fish tacos were grilled not fried, served with a flavorful avocado salsa.. The chicken was moist, but the mole did lack the complexity that the sauce should have, as it does at several Mexican restaurants about town (Poco’s, Frida’s and Guadalajara Cafe come to mind).
There are many more traditional entrees as well, rib eye and shrimp, salmon and chicken, all of which are given a south of the border twist. The rib eye comes with that same superb chimichurri sauce, as do some of the skewers.
During daylight savings season, it’s fun to go early to take a walk along the river. After you’ve worked up an appetite, hustle up to the restaurant, order a glass of wine (on Wednesday nights bottles are half-priced) and watch the sunset. Parkville is less than fifteen minutes from downtown Kansas City, so don’t use lack of proximity as an excuse to keep you from a fun and tasty excursion.