La Estancia Argentina

17870 Biscayne Blvd
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
305-932-6477
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  • Mon-Thu 8am-9pm, Fri-Sat 8am-11pm, Sun 9am-8:30pm
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Necessary
Argentine steaks are revered not because of how they're cooked, but because the meat is incredible. The cattle roam the fertile pastures of the pampas and are never forced to exert themselves (because exercise makes the meat tougher). They are carted around the country in train cars. This special treatment produces beef that melts when it hits your tongue and is unrivaled in tenderness and flavor.

But until just last year, the USDA — out of protectionism and semi-legitimate fears of hoof and mouth disease — banned the import of Argentine beef. Now that it can again be imported, you don't want to go to some fancy Argentine steak house and have them jack up the price on you just for cooking the meat. That's where Estancia Argentina comes in. It's a Miami-based chain owned by Buenos Aires transplants, with locations in Aventura, Coral Gables, Kendall, and Miramar. It's half restaurant, half market, and all good. The empanadas ($1.55) and sandwiches ($8) are delicious, made fresh with quality ingredients. The walls are lined with bottles of wine, so you can buy a Malbec and drink it with your meal. The meat counter is to drool over, with all sorts of Argentine beef cuts, cheeses, chorizos, and chimichurris. They also have great desserts ($1 to $5). The place is always packed with Spanish speakers enjoying a cup of vino or guarana soda with meaty skirt steak or prosciutto and mozzarella sandwiches. Join them.

Related Stories (2)

  • La Estancia Argentina Closes Gables Shop
    5 years ago by Lee Klein

    ​The flagship Aventura store, which opened in 2003, is still going strong. But La Estancia Argentina has called it quits in the Gables. We called the Aventura locale to speak with somebody about why the shop closed, but ...

  • Don't Tempt Me, Argentina
    12 years ago by Jen Karetnick

    Sure, there's meat aplenty to be found at this Argentine gourmet market and café, which has a location in Aventura only several months old and another, newly opened, in the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables. You can ord...

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