On the corner of University Avenue and 30th Street, in the hustle and bustle of North Park you will find Encontro. From the Spanish verb “encontrar”, which means to meet, find or to discover; Encontro will take you on a journey to rediscover classic American craft food.
The Paul Basile designed eatery opened in January and boasts an industrial-chic look with natural lighting, an open kitchen and a down-to-earth aesthetic. Black walls contrast the large windows that surround 30th Street and University, and bring the essence of North Park into Encontro. Guests can place their orders upon entry at the iPad station, after ordering diners can choose from table seating, bar seating, the outdoor patio, a stool that looks into the open-flamed grill or one that gazes out onto University Ave.
Fast casual with a twist, Encontro offers chef-driven dishes bringing true American craft food and beverages to the North Park area. Alcoholic libations offered include a vast selection of wines by the bottle and on tap, 21 rotating beers on draft and select bottles, and prosecco that can be livened up with Bundaberg or juice. For a non-alcoholic drink order a craft soda or the Nitro cold brew coffee and Living Tea Ginger kombucha on tap.
The menu consists of house made, custom grinds from sausages to beef patties and garden fresh salads. The main staple of Encontro is their Burger made with all-natural brisket and chuck roast blend topped with baby gem lettuce, heirloom tomato in a brioche bun with a side of Worcestershire aioli. To make this burger even more exceptional add a fried egg. The most popular “go withs” (a la carte items) item is the crispy Portobello Fries with shaved parmigiano-reggiano and basil aioli for dipping. End your meal on a sweet note with a handmade milk shake prepared with Hammond’s ice cream. Encontro covers a gamut of American favorites. Quality is key at Encontro!
With spacious seating and an outdoor patio to sit with your furry friend, take in the unique characters that call North Park home. Stop by for lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends; and if you can’t make it in you can place your order online and have a delicious meal delivered right to your door. Simplicity and high quality food are what have made this restaurant a local favorite.