10405 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC | Directions 2821035.094003 -80.867143
Great addition to Charlotte Latin cuisine – Been to Genaros over a dozen times in the last six months. It is across the street and up a little ways on Park Road from CMC-Pineville. It is generally about 1/2 full when I go in. Seating is usually wherever you want, with most tables accommodating 4 and located next to the exterior windows. Ambiance is relaxed and everything is clean. You can see a fair bit of the cooking area behind the counter or you can watch the Spanish cable shows on the TV screens.
Wait staff is dressed in black, courteous, and generally attentive. I rarely have to ask for my glass to be refilled, and they usually visit and check on me several times during my meal.
Food is made fresh. Having never been to Peru, I can't speak to the authenticity of the dishes, but they seem to go from more traditional to mixing more "American" components like french fries. I've tried several of their items, although I usually go for the chicken or pork sandwiches or the Saltada. Meats are generally pulled rotisserie style and are tender. On the sandwiches, they are combined with fresh tomatoes, avocado, and other toppings. The meat can be a little on the salty side, but I generally use VERY little salt when cooking at home, so most patrons may not feel the same way. Spice level is low (I am from Asia, so again, others may disagree with what I call "low"). I usually ask for hot sauce to accompany my order. It kicks up the flavor and adds a bit of juiciness on the rare occasion when the meat is drier than I like. They have two kinds of sauces, so try both and see which you like.
On lunch specials, you can get soup or salad with your entree. Conscious of my weight, I usually get the salad, but you should try the soup at least once. It is chick with a green broth base and has rice and vegetables in it. Squeeze in a little lime (not lemon!), and you can almost taste the tropical beaches of Peru in each spoon.
They have a dessert display, but I've always passed on it so I can't comment. They look good...
The only negative is parking, which is limited. I didn't remove a star because right now there are not enough patrons coming in to make parking (or seating) an issue. A restaurant this good will likely get very busy sooner or later, and then it might be a different issue. But right now, get in while things are great.
Great Chicken and Service – Had lunch yesterday at Genaro's after seeing an article on them in a local publication. Apparently this is their 2nd location in Charlotte, and I hope they keep expanding to be closer to the city.
The interior is very clean and contemporary and the air is filled with the wonderful smell of Rotisserie Chicken. The waitstaff are very friendly and welcoming.
Now to the important part, food. I had the quarter chicken, white meat with fries and Grilled corn. (Nursing a hangover so didn't want to get too crazy with the sides). The chicken was very juicy and tender and had great flavor throughout. The skin was seasoned wonderfully and had a little crunch. My girlfriend got the Rotisserie chicken sandwich which was equally good. The sandwich had pulled rotisserie chicken, avocado, onion and lettuce. The chicken here was also very flavorful and the portion was very good.
The prices here are very inexpensive for the quality and portions you get. They have a rather large menu with various Latin cuisine specialties including pork, beef and obviously chicken. Well worth another look.
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