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Fast-Casual, Authentic Carne Asada Concept Opens Downtown

Updated: Pipirins opens January 21.

In the last few months, Broadway has seen a welcome new food infusion, from the long-awaited opening of Ramen Yamadaya to the recent debut of the artisan yet affordable Italian-inflected BIGA. The third food concept to move into the Samuel Fox Lofts building is Pipirins, a transplant from Guadalajara that specializes in authentic grilled-to-order carne asada.

Officially opening this Thursday, January 21, the 1,860-square-foot eatery will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Char-grilled over lava rock in the open kitchen, the carne asada cooks in just three minutes and is served traditionally alongside a pot of Peruvian beans, freshly made tortillas, grilled green onions and salsas, from red chile to avocado. There's also pollo asada and thin-cut bone-in New York steak, plus chorizo, queso fundido and snack-like 'thins', 1/8-inch slices of beef that are grilled for one minute then wrapped in a tortilla with beans, onions and cilantro.

The 74-seat eatery offers table service but is aiming for fast-casual speed. There is beer — local and Mexican bottles — plus housemade desserts, from flan to chocolate cake and ice cream.

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