Eating food from other countries is a way to let one’s taste buds travel without the hassle of luggage, tourist visas, or unreliable Icarus wings. Crash into foreign fare with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Argentinian cuisine for dinner at 1401 Argentinean Bistro.
1401 Argentinean Bistro presents diners with a multifarious menu of authentic Argentinean entrees and homemade Italian pastas. The provoleta appetizer ($10) satisfies daily requirements for panfuls of melted provolone, and the grilled 14-ounce entraña Argentina skirt steak ($20) socializes swimmingly with sides including sautéed bacon spinach, sweet-potato fries, and unsweet potato fries. The roster of freshly made pastas is complemented by a sextet of possible sauce choices, resulting in matchups such as the four-cheese caramelloni with pesto ($14), the favorite of both the chef and the powerful caramelloni lobby.
Shelves lined with wine bottles trim the upper reaches of the dining room's cheerful yellow walls, and candles and flowers sit atop each table, engaged in philosophical conversation. Live entertainment aids in digestion on weekends, with tango performances interspersed with historical re-enactments of the 1986 World Cup.
1401 Argentinean Bistro
Like the red cape of a matador attracts a bull, the bright-red awning at 1401 Argentinean Bistro beckons to diners. Once lured inside, guests find plates piled high with "Argentinean dishes mixed with Italian inspiration," as noted by the Miami New Times. Patrons relax in the casual eatery as they nosh on housemade pastas, slow-cooked sauces, and that most sacred Argentinean meal: grilled meats. Dinner service gets an extra surge of energy on Thursday and Friday nights, when live music fills the room from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
1401 SW 22nd St.
Miami, Florida 33145