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Looking for a good Argentinean restaurant in the Chicago area

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A friend is looking for a good Argentinean restaurant in the Chicago metro area - this friend is coming from Wisconsin, so something north would be preferred. I can't think of any Argentinean restaurants at all! Help, please.

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  1. Buenos Aires Forever: 939 N. Western Avenue. It's relatively new. I haven't tried it yet.

    Tango Sur: Argentinian Steakhouse 3763 N. Southport. Located in a vibrant west Wrigleyville/Lakeview neighborhood. Extremely popular and packed. BYOB! The same owners have an Argentinian Grocery Store nextdoor. Definitely adequate to satisfy your friends craving but not as good as the steakhouses I dined at in Buenos Aires. The food quality is very good...I was dissapointed by the sauce on my steak during my last visit. It tasted like it was from a ready made seasoning packet. Next time I'll order it without the sauce, afterall, a great steak doesn't need a sauce...especially a "baby beef" from Argentina.

    Also try the Columbian Steakhouse on Lincoln Avenue called Las Tablas. It's quite tasty.

    Cafe 28 is very good as well. It's located on Irving Park Road and Ravenswood Avenue. They serve both traditional and contemporary Mexican and Cuban cuisine. I know what you're thinking...how good can a combo latin fusion restaurant be? This place is really good.

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    1. re: amoncada

      amoncada said

      Tango Sur: [snip] I was dissapointed by the sauce on my steak during my last visit. It tasted like it was from a ready made seasoning packet.[snip]

      That's odd, I've never had a sauce on the steaks at Tango Sur. They have a chimichurri that they put on the side in a cup, but I've never had sauce on the steak. Did you get something other than the regular grilled "Argentine" beef steaks?

    2. Thanks - I'll pass the info on.

      1. There's SAL E CARVAO at the corner of Butterfield and Finley Road in Downers Grove. Haven't been there, but several friends speak very highly of it. Call them at 630-512-0900.

        They serve as much roasted/grilled meats as you wish from a cart; lunch is about $29 and dinner about $45.

        Mike

        1. Sal & Carvao is not an Argentinian Restaurant...it's a Brazilian Churrascaria. No similarities to an Argentinian restaurant.

          1. Sorry about that...
            Hey- they're all down south of here, and they all eat beef.

            Whatever.

            Mike

            1. There is a great little Argentine restaurant on Fullerton called El Nandu. It's over near Logan Square and I've never had a bad meal.

              EL NANDU
              2731 W Fullerton Ave