"Kargi Gogo" - Georgian restaurant in the U.S
18 February, 2019
"Kargi Gogo" - Georgian restaurant in the U.S
If you happen to be in Portland, the U.S, make sure you visit an American couple’s Georgian restaurant “Kargi Gogo” (good girl). The couple were so impressed with the traditional food and wine in Georgia that they decided to open the one and host Georgian food lovers in their cozy restaurant. Nino Tsipuria, a journalist of Georgian Journal talked the Americans Sean Fredericks and McKinze Cook about the story of the restaurant.
Sean Fredericks and McKinze Cook
"My wife and I lived in Georgia from 2010 to
2012 in Akhaltsikhe. We were Peace Corps volunteers. We learned to speak Georgian, learned about Georgian culture, became friends with many Georgian people and fell in love with the food and wine. After two years, our program was finished and we returned to America. We were sad to leave for many reasons, and one of those reasons was because we knew we could not get some of our favorite foods at home - khachapuri, khinkali, badrijani, etc. So in 2013, we decided to open a small food cart (ჯიხური) in Portland, Oregon, to sell khachapuri, khinkali and a few other things. The cart became very popular with Americans (and Georgians), and we operated it until the end of 2015. At that time we closed the cart to pursue other interests, even though business was very good. We returned to Georgia in 2016 and lived in Tbilisi for the spring and summer. Then we moved back to Portland and got jobs doing other things: my wife works in online banking, and I did marketing consulting. By the end of 2017, I missed working with Georgian food and wine and decided that I was ready to open a small Georgian restaurant. I began working on it in January of 2018 and we opened in July.
We opened Kargi Gogo to share Georgian food with Americans. Most Americans have never had Georgian food, and we believed that if they tried khachapuri, khinkali, badrijani, qartuli ghvino, etc. they would love it like we love it. Over 90% of our customers are Americans, with the remaining 10% Georgian and people from post-Soviet countries (Russia, Ukraine, etc.). I love it when Georgians come to the restaurant. They have been extremely supportive and are very happy that we are open. Many of them say the food reminds them of their childhood or their mother's cooking back in Georgia. These are my favorite compliments! It means so much when Georgians like our food because I know they understand what it's supposed to taste like.
We have a small menu that focuses on different kinds of khachapuri and khinkali. Then we have a few side items (badrijani, salata, jonjoli, pkhali, etc.). We are not trying to be a full-service Georgian restaurant like Samikitno that has all of the Georgian dishes. We are focused on doing a few dishes very well. Sometimes we have specials (we have made chakapuli, mtsvadi, kharcho) and private dinners where we make some of our other favorite Georgian dishes (like achma). All of our important spices come from Georgia (kindzi, zaprana, utskho suneli, etc.) so the flavors are authentic. We work hard to develop good recipes, then we have a very talented staff who learns the recipes and makes them every day.
Our most popular item is khinkali. We make beef & pork, mushroom, and potato & cheese. Our second most popular item is Acharuli khachapuri. People also love our Imeruli, pkhlovani, kubdari and badrijani, and we make our own red adjika and green adjika. The badrijani is probably the most challenging dish to make because the eggplant has to be cut thin and cooked perfectly.
I love coming to Georgia. I was in Georgia twice last year (March and October) and will definitely be back this year. Actually, we are bringing a tour group of 10-15 Americans to Georgia in October, which will be very exciting. We will be taking them to Kakheti, Stepantsminda, Mtskheta, Akhaltsikhe, Vardzia, etc.
Learning about Georgian food and wine is a lifetime adventure. There are many recipes I don't know. The fun part is continuing to learn about them!
For the future, we want to continue introducing Georgian food to Americans, as well as Georgian wine, spices, sauces, and other products. We currently have the largest selection of Georgian wine for sale on the west coast of America and love to share Georgia's winemaking culture and traditions. We also want to continue supporting our partners and friends in Georgia. Perhaps one day we'll be able to live in Georgia, too! It is a very special place for us and I think it will always be a big part of our lives. "
Related stories:

First Georgian restaurant opened in Switzerland

Former Georgian plastic surgeon who owns a restaurant in New York

A place where Tiflis meets Tbilisi – A new restaurant “Meama” opened in old Tbilisi

Restaurant Old Metekhi - Synthesis of Georgian traditions and fine taste
Other Stories
Stray dog helps children cross the road in Batumi, Georgia
ABC News has published a video recorded in Batumi that shows how a stray dog helps kids to cross the road.
What makes Georgian fashion distinctive?
Georgian fashion and designers is becoming more and more recognizable, but what makes them unique?
NDI: Majority of Georgians support EU, NATO membership
Recent poll results released by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and CRRC Georgia revealed that the majority of respondents approve of the Government’s goal for Georgia to become a member of the European Union (EU) and NATO.
NDI: Majority of Georgians say no political party is “closest to them”
The U.S. National Democratic Institute (NDI) has today released the results of its public opinion survey. According to the survey, majority of the respondents say “no political party” is “closest to them”.
Human Rights Watch: Impunity for abuse by law enforcement officials remaines a persistent problem in Georgia
Impunity for abuse by law enforcement officials remained a persistent problem, - reads the Human Rights Watch Report 2020.
HRW 2020 report: media landscape shaken, labour law still not sufficiently regulated in Georgia
Human Rights Watch has published its 2020 report. The report includes information about media, judicial and political environment in Georgia.
British Ambassador congratulates Georgian people on Kalanda
British Ambassador to Georgia Justin McKenzie Smith congratulates Georgian people on Kalanda - Old style New Year.
Civil Aviation Agency calls on airlines registered in Georgia to refrain from using the airspace of Iran and Iraq
Georgia's Civil Aviation Agency calls on airlines registered in Georgia to refrain from using the airspace of Iran and Iraq
Georgia celebrates orthodox Christmas
Christmas in Georgia and in the Orthodox Christian countries is celebrated on the 7th of January. Part of the celebration is traditional Alilo March.
Mayor Kakha Kaladze switches on Christmas Tree in Tbilisi
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze opened main Christmas tree in Tbilisi on the 25th of December. The tree was made in Milan and costs 304 848 Euros.
Pope Francis invites Georgian Patriarch Ilia II to Vatican
Pope Francis has sent a letter to Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II and commemorated the Patriarch's hospitality during his visit to Georgia three years ago.
Death of 15 years old Luka Siradze sparks controversies in Georgia
Opposition parties have issued a joint statement expressing their condolences over the death of 15 years old Luka Siradze.
Premiere of the film “And then we danced” to be held amid possible unrest
The premiere of the 2019 Swedish-Georgian drama film - And Then We Danced, directed by Levan Akin, is scheduled to be held at Tbilisi and Batumi cinemas today.
Explosion after Possible gas leak in Tbilisi
A natural gas leak is the suspected cause of an explosion that destroyed the part of a multi-storey residential building on Guramishvili Avenue in Tbilisi.
Exclusive interview with Gail Elliott
The name of Gail Elliott is known to anyone. She was among supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer in the 1990s.
Mountaineer and pioneer: Nick Erkomaishvili
In 1989 Nick Erkomaishvili and some friends agreed to guide a group of Swiss climbers to Mount Kazbek. This encounter led them to become the first Georgian tour operators. And they founded the one and only Georgian Mountain Guide School.
Police in Tbilisi detain 11 for child pornography
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has arrested 11 members of a criminal group on the charges of child trafficking and pornography.
“She had schizophrenia” – Mother of the perpetrator of the 3-year-old boy speaks out
On the 27th of August in Tbilisi an unknown woman suddenly approached to a three-year-old boy, walking with his parents and sister, and harmed his face with sharp instrument and escaped.
Dead woman found in Tbilisi
In Tbilisi suburb called Temka dead woman is found. According to unofficial information, the fire brigade was called by the neighbors.
Nik West and Niko Kandelaki publish their wedding video
Famous American singer Nik West and Georgian Niko Kandelaki got married on the 11th of May but have only just published pictures and video about their wedding.
16-year-old dies due to reanimobile technical problems
16-year-old boy, Luka Popkhadze, whose health condition worsened due to reanimobile ambulance vehicle technical problems, has died. He was in a coma for 41 days.
Crashes and explosions heard on the Rustaveli Avenue
Crashes and explosions heard on the Rustaveli Avenue,
3 year old child, stabbed by passer-by in Tbilisi, to be discharged from clinic today
The 3 years old child, who was stabbed by a passer-by, will be discharged from Zhvania Clinic today,
After ten days of filming Fast&Furious, Tbilisi citizens have something to joke about
Filming of The Fast and the Furious 10 was started on the 18th of August in Georgia (It will take part in two cities – Tbilisi and Rustavi) and will last until the 20th of September.
Guram Sudadze’s Georgian hand made cars
There are people who make cars in their garages all around the world and Georgia is no exception.
GEL Exchange Rate
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange
January 2020
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31