Hours: Lunch: Monday-Saturday; Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Thursday till 1, Friday & Saturday till 11:30
Logan Square Argentine restaurant with empanadas and beef galore.
At El Nandu there are eight kinds of empanadas to choose from, including criollo (ground beef, bell pepper, yellow raisins), maiz (fresh corn, hard-boiled egg, cheese), and espinaca (fresh spinach, white and green onion). We enjoyed the molleja, charbroiled beef sweetbreads (actually the thymus gland), which were firm, remarkably crispy, and lightly meaty, not at all what you'd expect a gland to taste like. There's a simple grilled chicken breast zebra-striped with garlic, or pollo with chimichurri sauce, but meat's the thing here--just driving past the place could give a vegetarian the heebie-jeebies. Asada a la parilla is a platter of juicy and wonderfully crusty short ribs; steak Milanesa is a traditional Argentinean preparation, breaded and fried. There's a full bar where you might try Quilmes, a light Argentinean lager. For desserts there's quince membrillo (a firm Spanish jelly) with cheese, one of the blandest sweets ever, or a fantastic flan--tough choice.
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