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Italian beef at its best – Osso Buco at Joes’ Secret Garden

Flavors that will remind you of your mother's beef stew. Beef shanks are popular in many European cuisines, but it’s in osso buco, the northern Italian classic, that they can be at their most heavenly. And Joes’ Secret Garden brings them to Cuenca … braised in a sophisticated and subtle tomato sauce and fresh vegetables, then finished with a bright gremolata (fresh parsley, lemon zest, and garlic), But few dishes are more seductive. Like most braises, they require slow, gentle cooking so we start cooking early.

In this Saturday’s menu, osso buco is paired with its classic accompaniment, creamy polenta with a touch of cabernet sauce. The meal starts with a colorful combination salad of winter greens, sweet beets, oranges and avocado in our special cider vinaigrette, Dinner ends with an irresistible sweet-tart lime pie bar. Ecuadorian coffee and Sri Lanka (Ceylon) Tea, of course.
A memorable dinner evening.
By reservation only at

Vegetarians - let us know 24 hours in advance and we cook something special for you.

Not eating beef? Our popular oven roasted garlic and herb chicken is prepared especially for you if you tell us at time of booking or 24 hours ahead.

Saturday, June 8th. Bar and garden open at 5 PM featuring our $5 drink specials - Cuba libres, margaritas, mojitos, bloody Mary's, and caipirinha cocktail. A nice selection of beer and wine also. Dinner about 6:30. Address and direction at time of booking.

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