When you think of Argentina, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Lionel Messi and the immeasurable passion of his fans. Argentinians bring that same level of passion to their cuisine. Then again, soccer matches are the perfect excuse to gather family and friends to treat them to a barbecue where all kinds of meat will be on the grill.
Distinctive cuts of beef, empanadas and dulce de leche are some of the dishes that characterize the cuisine of this diverse country in the Southern Cone.
Here are some of the best places to have authentic Argentine barbecue without leaving Miami:
In the heart of Brickell is this cozy spot where you can enjoy some of the best Argentine dishes in Miami.
A Family offers a wide variety of empanadas with different fillings, including meat, ham and cheese, and mozzarella with spinach. If you’re looking for a twist on the classic, try their prosciutto, mushroom and brie empanada. The restaurant also serves sandwiches, milanesas, cakes and desserts. Each bite will transport you to Buenos Aires at an affordable price.
41 SE 5th St., Miami; 786-899-0413; Monday-Saturday: 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
A truly authentic hidden gem in Miami Beach, Panizza Bistro serves up fresh Argentinean favorites throughout the day.
Start your morning with a rich breakfast starring Panizza’s famous fresh squeezed orange juice. They also offer Argentine tapas, empanadas, wine and sangría in a pet friendly space. They also offer banquet service with vegetarian options.
1229 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-695-8800; Sunday to Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
The walls of this restaurant are filled with nostalgic images that will transport you to Buenos Aires. If you are looking for the best Argentinean steak in Miami, don’t miss Fiorito.
This restaurant offers high quality homemade food that will cure the longing to be back in South America. Start your dinner with a meat empanada or provoleta with chorizo; for the main course you can enjoy their famous steak along with hand-cut French fries. For dessert, try their iconic pancakes with dulce de leche.
5555 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-754-2899 or https://fioritomiami.com/; Sunday-Thursday: noon- 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday: noon - 11:00 p.m.
Baires Grill Brickell
This franchise has four locations in South Florida: Brickell, Sunny Isles Beach, Weston, and Coral Gables. Each offers delicious meat cooked to your liking.
If you want a taste of everything, opt for the two-person parillada that includes churrasco, vacio, skirt steak, chicken, sweetbreads, blood sausage, and your choice of two sides. Monday through Friday, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., they offer 50 percent off on variety of cocktails, beers and wines. Their spicy margarita made with tequila, passion fruit puree, fresh lime, cilantro, and habanero syrup is one of the most popular drinks.
1010 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-580-4923 or https://www.bairesgrill.com/brickell/; Sunday to Thursday: noon - 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday: noon- 11:30 p.m.
La Cosecha Argentinian Steakhouse
Helmed by chef Rosana Pineiro, La Cosecha is a cozy space that makes you feel at home with its friendly staff who welcome you with a plate of bread and salsa de porotos. Try their steak cooked to perfection and accompany it with some Spanish potatoes flavored with truffle oil, garlic and cheese. To finish your dinner, try their exquisite bread pudding with ice cream.
Once a month the kitchen moves to the parking lot, where they roast meat, lamb, ribs, vegetables and other delicacies. They give a heads up on their social media.
6981 NW 74th St., Miami; 305-885-8850 or https://www.lacosechasteakhouse.com; Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday: closed