Chicago is a steakhouse town. We’ve got a lot of them. You say steakhouse, and the first few that come to our mind are the traditional powerhouses of Gibsons and Gene & Georgetti’s, or the new age hotness like Chicago Cut and RPM Steak. And while we all love a good night out at any of these restaurants, we don’t all have the endless bankroll to experience them on a weekly basis. H*ll, even rich people might think it’s a bit ridiculous to regularly dole out the kind of cash it takes to feed yourself on a diet of prime cut meat. And if you’re the kind of person that constantly has the sad dilemma of wanting a juicy steak while still trying to maintain a bank account in the black, Tango Sur is a need to know spot.
Tango Sur is a steakhouse of the Argentine variety, and Argentine steakhouses are usually a dead give away for a whole boatload of meat on a plate. We’re talking mass quantities of juicy grilled beef at affordable prices. How affordable are we talking? For the most part, we’re talking NY strips, sirloins, and filets, all for less than $30. That’s substantially cheaper than your high end steakhouse, but that doesn’t mean significantly worse taste wise. Are you getting the highest grade of beef at Tango Sur? Our guess is no, which would explain the price points, but honestly, who cares. Taste is what we are going for here, and overall Tango Sur’s steaks get the job done.
As if the steaks weren’t reasonably priced enough, it’s also BYOB. Talk about a double price saving whammy. It’s the mix of affordable, BYOB, and the fact they only take reservations for parties of six or more that make Tango Sur a great spot for big group dinners. Come with your friends, load up on the red wine beforehand, and indulge yourself in some Argentinian meats. Steak is what you want, but if you need a friend to come along who isn’t into the MEEEEEATS, there are a number of alternative options too.
It’s a dark room, but it’s usually crowded, and on the weekends it’s quite the lively place. Don’t come expecting to engage in deep conversation, and probably don’t bring your parents either who won’t be able to hear a thing.
Do bring your appetite. You’re going to need that.
Get yourself a few for the table to share. All of them are good, so take your pick of chicken, beef, ham and cheese, or spinach and cheese.
Are you familiar with greek saganaki? Well this is basically the same thing with a different kind of cheese, except unfortunately nobody is going to scream Opa! Grilled provolone with a little olive oil and roasted pepper on top of bread though is delicious.
A 12 oz. pork chop topped with shitake mushrooms, marsala wine sauce, and potatoes. It's a very mushroomy dish, so keep that in mind.
Filet mignon cooked on the grill, topped with a red onion wine sauce, and spinach mashed potatoes on the side. We are fans of filet mignon, so we are taking it upon ourselves to let you know. The spinach mashed potatoes are a nice touch.
We believe this loosely translates to "a lot of meat for one" or "a sh*t ton of meat for two." The para uno is grilled short ribs, sausage, beef sweetbread, and black sausage, while the para dos is a little bit more of everything plus some flap meat too. It's a nice sampler plate.