As soon as you walk into Artango Bar & Steakhouse, you know you're in for a treat. The decor is alluring and elegant, the rich tones exuding warmth. It almost feels like an embrace, like you've stepped into another world and another time.
The room sets the stage for both a delightful culinary experience and an entertaining evening. The menu is Argentinian, with specialties like ceviche, empanadas and tender steak. Their cocktail list is a showstopping selection of Probition-era standards, Latin American classics, and Signature creations, and the wines originate from Argentina, Italy, and France
While the food alone should put Artango on your dining map, what sets this place apart from other restaurants is the entertainment. Thursday through Sunday guests are treated to live music, either Latin jazz or Tango. If you dine on Tuesday, you can take advantage of their free Tango lesson. Our Chef's Table event was on a Tuesday, and I was amazed at the quality of the instruction. Many (many) years ago, I taught dance, including Tango, and seeing this hour and a half-long lesson was a delight.
Artango treated our guests to a broad tasting of their menu, and one thing I heard over and over again was how good the food was. Tour the photos below, and I guarantee you'll want to make reservations for your trip to Argentina, Artango-style.
With flaky crusts and flavorful fillings, these Empanadas were a delicious start to the dinner.
Fresh and beautiful, the Trio de ceviche (shrimp, tuna, red snapper) was served with plantain chips.
The Eggplant Caviar with fried polenta was surprising. I'm not a huge fan of eggplant, so I would not have ordered this before trying it. Now I would.
With brie cheese, butternut squash, cherries, candied hazelnuts, honey vinaigrette, this Endive Salad was not nearly big enough. (Just kidding - I just wanted more!)
With many paellas, the individual ingredients get lost becaue there are so many. Not so with Argango's Seafood Paella. You can taste each flavor, including the saffron.
Grilled Duck with Malbec - cherry sauce and seasonal veggies - need I say more?
You know how I mentioned I'm a carnivore? THIS: Argentine Asado (taste of grilled meats, sausages, grilled chicken)
Spice cake. With ice cream.
Just when I though I couldn't eat anymore, they present this Argentine Gelato. I made room.
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Artango Bar & Steakhouse is located at 4767 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL. They're open for dinner seven nights a week and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.