La Rural Steakhouse
La Rural is the kind of place you would find in a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, or maybe Mendoza. Relaxed, family-owned and unpretentious, it offers a warm ambiance along with topnotch meats, good red wine and some true Argentine comfort foods.
La Rural feels authentic because it is. Managed and owned by Eduardo O’Toole and his family, it started as a grocery store selling beef and Argentinian products with a solo table in the back. Once customers experienced the diverse selection of food choices and Argentinian wines, the demand created an opportunity for a full-service restaurant.
There’s a magic that will capture your heart while dining in this neighborhood restaurant. The inside seating area runs along a handsome bar with wooden tables and chairs; the colors are warm touches of amber and soft red, with painted bricks and a few murals that make the experience casual and charming. Outside patio seating puts you on a small lake, where you can enjoy the beauty of a Florida afternoon or evening while sipping a glass of Argentine merlot or cabernet. The list of choices is extensive but no worries, the bread is delicious while you negotiate your wine selection.
At La Rural you quickly learn to love Argentinean empanadas. Theirs are exceptional: Light, flaky and tasty, they come from the “Salta” province. Each empanada is filled with beef, chicken, ham & cheese or spinach. Also try the Tablita appetizer. It will give you bona fide opportunity to savor a variety of Argentine items that deserve a taste. Included are blood sausage, sweetbread, half pinwheel sausage, grilled peppers, marinated artichokes hearts and our favorite, cured pork sausage (a.k.a. Corizo Argentino).
Other assorted goodies aside, Argentine dining prides itself on beef (their vast rural Pampas is cattle country, after all). True to form, La Rural’s grilling emphasizes the technique of Asado, which literally means roasted. Beef is grilled slowly until it’s perfect.
La Rural has premium cuts of certified Black Angus Beef that include: New York Steak, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, Beef Short Rib, Outside Skirt and more. The filet, cooked juicy and rare, is wrapped in bacon and served in a light mushroom sauce. The Rib Eye and New York Strip Steak are both incredibly tender and flavorful, served lightly surrounded by their own juice. Both are worthy of your order.
If you’re not a beefeater, La Rural has a special chicken dish for you, the Milanese de carne o pollo—breaded chicken breast with two fried eggs on top—a tasty and authentic Argentine meal. Side dishes include Russian potato salad, sweet potato fries, white rice and steamed vegetables.
Dessert is sophisticated and also authentic at La Rural. Try their pear soaked in Malbec wine; the ripe pear takes on a deeply colored hue and has a juiciness that is rich with an almost velvety texture, served with vanilla ice cream. The apple flambé and the crêpe filled with Dulce de leche are two more sweet options to enjoy if the pear doesn’t entice you. These tempting desserts are all homemade in La Rural’s kitchen.
Call ahead to learn more about Tango night and the live music schedule.