Best Argentinian Parilladas and Facturas in Miami?
I'm visiting in June from Austin, TX. One of the things I want to do is have a good Parillada and facturas Argentinas (want genuine medialunas, which we do not have in Austin.) It’s been ages since I’ve been to Argentina. I miss this food, terribly. My family is from Argentina, so I know what great Argentine food should taste like.
I did a little investigating and came up with these Argentinian Parilladas in Miami. Can you advise on which one is best, or if you know of a better one?
- La Parrilla Liberty Argentinian Steakhouse
- Graziano's Restaurant
- The Knife (http://www.thekniferestaurant.com/)
I also came across this recommendation for facturas:
- Confiteria Buenos Aires Bakery & Café
- La Estancia Argentina
Hi, I love the parilladas and Argentinian grill.
I have some out of towner came visiting from Canada, they love the Argentinian Grill, I took them to the Graziano's, seeing the recommendations from this group. I was hoping to get them a better experience.
The place is nice, I looooove the wooden table they sat us. and the service is nice too. But I got to say I am a bit disappointed by the food. The Appetizer were good, and I like the Italian menu. But it is the main course, the meat that I care about. But the meat just wasn't so good. I tried the Parilladas, the Rib Eye, the Vacios and I tried the hardwood roast for farm lamb rack and farm raised young roasted pork shoulder.
The meat may be aged Agus, but I couldn't tell, they are all dryer than I expected. Especially the Lamb and pork. I honestly had better meat at any road side BBQ, or even at Youth fair. Not much flavor to speak of, I had to drown it with sauce.
Maybe it just wasn't my night. But I wont try there again.
Last night we went back to the one we always go to for the Argentinian fix. La Nueva Argentina on 10121 SW 72nd St. Miami. There were no comparison, the verdict were unanimous. It was way better than Graziano's. I have been coming here over 10 years, and it never disappoint me. The quality were consistence, and we tried it dinner, lunch, weekdays, weekend, even Sat. Afternoon. it always delivers.
It is just a family style restaurant, and the price is low. I spent less than $200 for a group of 10 plp (that's with tip). We couldn't finish the food. The meat were tender and taste great, I didn't even use the chimichurri. Even the sausage taste better here. I don't think they make it in house (or maybe they did). But it is just juicier and more tender. I find it strange that this place doesnt' get mentioned here at all. I thought I would recommend it here and let it get the credit it deserves.
Gosh, you guys have been so helpful! I think I'm going to get my fill while I'm there. Churros de dulce de leche are my childhood favorite! I can't wait. So I was going to save some room for Cuban food... but now I think comida Argentina all the way!! Muy Agradezido por todos los consejos!
A bonus of the Graziano's on Bird is there is a Graziano's Market within walking distance where you can get some facturas at the bakery to go (their empanadas are also very good). There's all kinds of Argentine products to take back to Austin too. If you end up at the Gables location there's also a Graziano's Market, but a few blocks away.
If you want to go full on Argentine there's locations of Manolo in South and Mid-beach. It's horrible but if you want dulce de leche churros that's the place to go.
Also if you're looking for Argentine gelato there's Dolce Vita with locations all over the city (there's more gelato places in Miami than ice cream).
Of the places you mentioned The Knife is probably the lowest on the list.
I live near Las Vacas Gordas, which is at Normandy Circle on Miami Beach, so always go there. The place has a lot of brio and we like the parillada and the enrollada.
LOVE Buenos Aires Bakery for breakfast pastries, empanadas, sandwiches, and cakes. Just be sure to take a number!
Graziano's is probably a class above the other parrilladas in town. I go to the Coral Gables location, but have heard - as you see said here - that the Bird Rd. location is better.
For baked goods, my favorite is Buenos Aires Bakery on Collins Ave. near 71st Street. Never really noticed much in the way of baked goods at Estancia Argentina, which is more of a supermarket & butcher shop than a bakery.
If you're looking to not travel too far, Las Vacas Gordas is a nearby parrillada whch is my second choice to Graziano's (though that's more for its geographic proximity to my house than anything else).
Patagonia in Doral has an authentic Argentian vibe -- always alive unlike anything else in Doral -- and its branches in Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, and South Miami will satisfy the hole in the Tex-Gentina sweet tooth if you want it casual and cool, but on styrofoam.On the other hand, these are good casual places for wine as well, with cheap corking and real glass.