In two weeks I’m heading to Chicago for a couples shower being thrown in my honor. Beyond the excitement of seeing my good friends, I’m also looking forward to showing my fiancé the city I lived in for almost 6 years.
One of our first stops that Friday night will be at one of my favorite restaurants in the city: Tango Sur. Located on Southport, Tango looks like any regular restaurant from the outside, but a peek inside reveals family style tables sprinkled amidst exposed brick walls, urban artwork, dim lights and candles. The mellow beat of Latin music adds to the cool vibe.
An Argentinean restaurant famous for their succulent steaks and empanadas, Tango Sur has consistently delicious food. (Perhaps this is why patrons will often wait for two+ hours just to get a table!)
The wait, though tortuous for the hungry, is part of the fun. There’s a small waiting room in the back of the restaurant with benches, a table and some chairs where customers can open their own wine (the restaurant is BYO), and begin vino sampling while they wait. The waiters happily supply wine glasses and uncork your beverage choices. If there is no space in the waiting room, the Irish bar down the street is a cozy waiting place with a vast beer selection.
If you like red meat in large quantities, you'll love Tango Sur. Hearty meat dishes peppered with exotic spices and a side of mash potatoes will make you drool. I truly can’t eat enough of their fried beef and chicken empanadas drizzled in garlic, parsley and oil. This is my favorite item on their menu and frankly I could eat only empanadas for dinner and be more than satisfied. But for the famished, a tasty selection of el filet, beef vesuvio, and steak para dos will fit the bill.
The food is great for sharing and the atmosphere perfect for romance, an intimate dinner with friends or a large, boisterous dinner group. Possibly one of the best restaurant in Chicago!