October 17, 2012 | 7:54am
Carnivores take note: a new parrilla-style Argentinean grill is opening soon in Coral Gables. Siga la Vaca ("follow the cow") has taken over the old Novecento space on the ground floor of Alhambra Towers at 121 Alhambra Plaza and is scheduled to open by the end of October.
According to Carlos Badaraco, general manager of the new restaurant, Coral Gables is the first U.S. location for the chain, which started in 1993 with a restaurant in Buenos Aires and now has 12 locations in Argentina.
"We Argentineans like our beef," Badaraco says proudly, "and Siga la Vaca is one of the most popular steakhouse chains in our country."
"We offer 13 different cuts of meat, from chicken, ribs, pork chops and sausage to quality cuts of beef such as filet, New York strip, ribeye, skirt steak and flap, which is similar to skirt steak in flavor but a thicker cut." Badaraco says all meats are grilled whole, then sliced to order for customers at the grill.
Siga la Vaca's fixed-price menu includes an extensive salad bar with more than 30 items, all the meat you can eat, a choice of three sides and eight desserts, plus a half-bottle of house wine or pitcher of beer. Meals also include all-you-can-drink American coffee.
Badaraco describes Siga la Vaca as an upscale parrilla steakhouse, but more affordable than some of the already established chains like Texas de Brazil or Fogo de Chao. "We offer the same quality, quantity and variety but they charge $47 or more for dinner, and that doesn't even include beverages or dessert."
Lunch at Siga la Vaca runs $24 (a weekday Executive Lunch without wine, beer or dessert is also available for $19) and dinner Sunday through Thursday is $30. An expanded menu is available Friday night through Sunday afternoon for $35.
The restaurant has a full bar and a wine list that includes bottles from Argentina, Italy, New Zealand, Australia and California. Badaraco says their homemade sangria is popular, and Siga la Vaca's bartenders also will be creating a daily special cocktail.
Siga la Vaca has 200 seats inside and will offer outdoor seating for up to 60 in season. The restaurant will be open for lunch (11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and dinner (4-11 p.m.) seven days a week.
Complimentary parking is available at the restaurant's entrance just west of the main entrance to Alhambra Towers. For more information, call 305-448-2511.