There's a steakhouse coming to the rescue for downtown Dallas: Corrientes 348, an Argentinian steakhouse, makes its debut on June 20 in the former Stephan Pyles location at 1807 Ross Ave.
Corrientes refers to the famed street in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. This upscale family-owned steakhouse was founded in 1997 and has six locations in South America; Dallas will be the first in the United States.
The menu features classic Argentinean dishes with prime cut meats and beef that undergoes a stringent selection process from the most reputable ranches and the best American breeds.
It is mostly family-style dining with traditional Argentinian steakhouse items, most made from scratch. At lunch, there's a combination menu in addition to the main menu, with four courses serving three to four people.
In addition to steak, there are six vegetable side dishes such as grilled onions, grilled squash, grilled eggplant, grilled asparagus, and grilled pineapple. Wait, what? Yes, under the vegetable category, there is a grilled pineapple with proscuitto. Maybe it's like, if you combine fruit with meat, you end up with vegetable?
Starchy items include white rice, mashed potatoes, grilled potatoes, and papatasso, which are crispy smashed potatoes that look like thick potato chips.
Appetizers include cute empanadas filled with beef or vegetables, grilled provolone cheese, polenta, a charcuterie board, and three sausage dishes including grilled blood sausage.
Salads include one with watercress, yay. There's one with iceberg lettuce, another with quinoa, and a Caprese that's topped with prosciutto.
And now for the meat: bone-in tomahawk ribs, rib eye, short ribs, strip loin, bottom sirloin, top sirloin, tenderloin with pineapple (which is a vegetable here), rack of lamb, leg of lamb, pork ribs, pork chop, and grilled boneless chicken legs. For $92, you can get a meat combo.
Four sandwiches include a two burgers and a steak sandwich. Three fish dishes include cod, salmon, and redfish.
Eight desserts include crepes, molten chocolate cake, flan, crème brûlée, and tres leches cake.
The arrival of Corrientes takes some of the sting out of the downtown departure of The Palm, which is closing on June 30. Never fear, for every steakhouse that falls in Dallas, another rises.