This year, the hubby and I celebrated Valentine’s Day a bit late. I was in Cincinnati for work, and he was working 90+ hours on the job. Totally romantic, right (insert eye roll here)?
While he was working, I got spend Valentine’s Day with our adorable 6-year-old niece who lives in Cincinnati. She took me to her favorite sushi restaurant (yes, the kid is super multi-cultural) and dessert – Graeter’s – where she filled a foot long tube with rainbow colored sugar (I know, so not healthy, but I couldn’t resist those puppy dog eyes, especially on Valentine’s Day). Plus, as the aunt, I then got to drop her off at her parent’s house, sugar rush in full effect. Man, it’s good to be an aunt (sorry B+N).
Anyways, I finally made it back to Chicago and the hubby finally got some time off. Even though it was no longer technically Valentine’s Day, last Saturday we opted to continue our Valentine’s Day tradition: a steak dinner at Tango Sur.
Tango Sur is, without a doubt, one of the sexiest restaurants in the city. And at a time when restaurants spend hundreds of thousands (millions?) of dollars in design and decorating, Tango Sur’s atmosphere is effortlessly sophisticated. It is dark, lit mostly by the single tall candle placed on each table, cramped, bustling, and genuine. Muy porteno as they say in Buenos Aires. And, since I lived in Buenos Aires while studying for my chef’s degree, I can attest to the fact that the food is as Argentine as it comes here in the United States. For those in the know, it’s like eating at a Palermo neighborhood restaurant. *Sigh* makes me homesick.
Like in Argentina, the meat at Tango Sur is the star of the show. And to let it shine, it is prepared simply: salt, pepper, perhaps a hint of butter. Aside from the garlicy chimichuri (which will give you dragon breath, but is totally worth it), the meat coms sans any sort of rich sauce that would conceal the flavorful meat. Not to be dramatic about it, but to do so would be a crime.
Portions are large, so the hubby and I each ended up bringing half of our steak dinners home (and using it in a vegetable and steak stir fry dinner the next night – yay for saving food and money)! Doing this helped keep our red meat intake in check…and made it so we could also fully enjoy our bottle of wine (Tango Sur is BYOB, so be sure to bring your favorite red), empanada appetizers, and mil hojas dessert, a classic Argentine pastry with dulce de leche. As always, dinner at Tango Sur was a splurge I was happy to make. And it was the perfect belated Valentine’s Day celebration. We’ll definitely be back next year!
Try Tango Sur at 3763 N. Southport.