July 23, 2008

Tango Sur Is a Sure Thing

Those who love meat and plenty of it would do well to visit Tango Sur in Lakeview. This Argentine steak spot is a local favorite due to its quiet ambience and sensible prices.

tango sur empanadasThe small area can be a bit crowded but cozy, as servers in white T-shirts cover the two rooms. The front room provides a visually-clean area with little d'cor to distract from the big flavors. In the back, the vibe is a bit warmer and more romantic with exposed-brick walls and wood accents. During warmer months, seating is available outside which may offer a touch more personal space.

Feel free to bring your own bottle of wine (no corkage fee!) and a big appetite. Begin the evening with appetizers like empanadas (turnovers with beef, chicken, ham with cheese, or spinach with cheese), prosciutto served with hearts of palm, or the specialty matambre (veal rolled and cooked with vegetables, served cold). As you can guess, beef is the star at Tango Sur, and the restaurant is filled with the aromas of various cuts of meat. From boneless strip steak to sirloin to a half slab of range-grown flap meat, all the dishes are well-seasoned and are usually served with potatoes (wedges or mashed) and a salad. For a special treat, order a parrillada (for one or for two), a selection of different meats served on a table-top grill.

tango sur matambreThere are also a number of chicken and veal dishes, like the pechuga de pollo (grilled chicken breast) and milanesa de ternera (breaded and seasoned veal). And while this is a steakhouse, vegetarians aren't completely ignored'the berenjena is oven-baked eggplant layered with spinach, three cheeses, and a tomato cream sauce.

Romantic and full of sizzling heat, it's no coincidence that this restaurant is named after Argentina's sultry dance, the tango.

Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) Taekwonweirdo (1, 2)

Tango Sur ($$): 3763 N Southport Ave; 773-477-5466
Mon ' Thurs : 5 :00 p.m. ' 10 :30 p.m.
Fri: 5:00 p.m. ' 11:30 p.m.
Sat: 3:00 p.m. ' 11:30 p.m.
Sun: 12 noon ' 11:00 p.m.
Street parking difficult
Public trans: Bus # 9, X9, 22, 80, X80

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1 comment to Tango Sur Is a Sure Thing

  1. Go Chicago Card
    July 23rd, 2008 at 9:34 am

    This sounds like an amazing place to eat. I will def. have to try it out very soon. Anywhere that I can bring my own bottle of wine must be a good place!

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