Pretty much anyone you ask who has been to Tango Sur raves about the food and laments over the long waits (“but it’s worth it!”). An Argentinian BYOB known throughout Chicago, people come from all over the city at all hours of the weekend to try their amazing dishes – and drink plenty of wine.
Last week, I asked a group of Tango Sur veterans to come with Bobby and me and made a – gasp – reservation! It’s something you can only do when there are six people or more. Otherwise, it could be up to three hours before you get seated. We all showed up just in time for our 7:00 p.m. slot.
Clockwise: Bobby, me, Kelli, Jill, Andrew, Lauren, Kyle and Alex
We got the meal off to the right start by opening a couple bottles of red wine to share.
Jill also recommended we start with the Provoleta, an appetizer of Argentine provolone cheese cooked on the grill with olive oil and roasted peppers. It’s served with unlimited amounts of bread and tasted amazing – warm and, well, cheesy, with a bit of kick from the red peppers.
Another appetizer recommendation courtesy of Alex were the empanadas. We all shared one of each flavor: lamb, beef, chicken, ham with cheese and spinach with cheese. These were great! I was able to try the beef, chicken and spinach with cheese. The latter was my favorite, but they all had a deliciously flaky crust and flavorful middle.
For our entree, Jill and I shared the Lomo, a filet mignon cooked on the grill and served with salad.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get my pictures of the Lomo to turn out, but it was perfect. A little undercooked for me – I’m a crazy medium-well girl – but I saved a portion for leftovers the next day. With a little extra cooking time, it was easily one of the best steaks I’ve had.
I did, however, get a picture of Alex’s dish, the Bife Vesuvio, a grilled (range grown) prime steak sliced and filled with spinach, mar del plata cheese and garlic in a white wine sauce, served with Argentine style potatoes. These were the same potatoes that were served with my dish.
Our stomachs were content, to say the least. Jill was kind enough to bring champagne for my birthday, so we all shared in a glass of bubbly to wash down our fantastic meal.
Then they surprised me by telling the waiter it was my birthday! It was a great serenade, as evidenced by the cheesy grin captured by Lauren. Love Bobby’s expression in the background.
The flan they brought out was the icing on the cake, so to speak.
We had a great time, and now Bobby and I can officially say we’re Tango Sur veterans, too.
We’re already excited to go back again! The atmosphere is dark and cozy, which would make it perfect for a date night. Not to mention there are still so many great dishes we need to try!
Have you ever been to a BYOB – or Tango Sur, for that matter? If so, what did you think?