Contra Filet (Steak) at Brazilian Fast Casual Giraffas

I haven’t posted a food adventure in a week and a half now, and it feels like an eternity!  To make up for lost time, I’ll share a recent foodie experience I had at the fast casual Brazilian restaurant Giraffas*!  (There are apparently several stores throughout Florida and also 400+ stores in Brazil.  That’s how you can tell they’re authentic!)

I went out with some co-workers for lunch to celebrate my birthday, and ordered the Contra Filet (medium), a New York Strip cut of a meat, with Chimichurri or Brazilian Vinaigrette and my choice of three sides.  For $12.99, that doesn’t sound half bad.  I chose the Chimichurri — love that stuff! — as well as farofa (described as “toasted manioc flour and mixed with scrambled egg, bacon, olives and parsley”), grilled veggies, and french fries (seasoned with rosemary, garlic, and parsley) for my sides.  FYI, you don’t have to order the rice and black beans if you don’t want to!

051015_giraffas_contrafiletThe steak was actually quite delicious.  Good, in fact — and I rarely say that!  It was fairly thinly sliced, with beautiful grill marks, and very flavorful and juicy, as you can see from the photo.  The pinnacle of my meal, hands down, especially in conjunction with the Chimichurri — so oily but so good!  The seasoned fries were pretty tasty as well, and I’d rate those a fine.

The rest of the meal… Continue reading

Punto Sur, I’m Back Again!

Getting six people to agree on a restaurant for lunch is no easy feat, but since I’m not the type of person to back down from a good challenge… challenge accepted, buck passed — hey, asking colleagues for suggestions is perfectly acceptable — and goal accomplished!

This afternoon’s pick… Argentinian at Punto Sur*.  Though I had eaten there before, the food was decent, so I didn’t mind going back again.

I remember the empanadas from last time being pretty tasty, so I ordered one as an appetizer.  Again, the spicy beef.  When I bit into it this time, I was reminded of a pastelito — one of my favorite pastries!  Not only was the flaky golden crust similar to that of a pastelito, but the meat inside was also flavored in a very similar manner.  I like that this little guy was not too spicy, but just spicy enough.  Woo.

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I also ordered the Flap Meat Sandwich (chimichurri on the side) with thick-cut fries.  Taste-wise, there seemed to be little difference between this and the Skirt Steak sandwich I ordered last time, though I would say this flap (pun intended) of meat was a bit more tender/chewy and less tough.  Overall, fine!

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*Location:
7902 NW 36th St
Doral, FL 33166

Argentinian-Uruguayan at Punto Sur

Happy Friday, everyone!  Do you know what Friday means?  It means lunch out of the office, yay!  (For the record, I don’t always eat lunch outside the office on Fridays, but I try to as much as I can.)

As if I hadn’t had enough Latin American food recently, today I lunched at Punto-Sur, an Argentinian-Uruguayan joint serving empanadas, salads, sandwiches, grilled meats, pastas, and desserts, among other things.  As a small starter for the table, the restaurant offers savory bread with garlicky-mayo (and butter)… mmm, so tasty!  #fatty

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To continue the meal, I sampled some empanadas, Latin American pastries filled with a variety of sweet and savory selections.  I tried the carne picante (spicy beef) and capresse (mozzarella, tomato, and basil) options, which turned out to be somewhere between okay and fine, based on my previous experiences with empanadas.  A little more filling inside would’ve been nice.

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I ordered the skirt steak sandwich with fries for my main entree.  FYI, the sandwich is big enough to share, especially if you’ve had some empanadas or other appetizers already.  The sandwich came with green chimichurri sauce on the side to further flavor my skirt steak.

Did you know that chimichurri sauce generally includes parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano, and white (or red) wine vinegar?  Or so Wikipedia says… but hey, that’s totally a legitimate source nowadays!

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The thick-cut fries were pretty standard fare, though I appreciated that they weren’t overcooked.  I’d say the entree rated between okay and fine for me.  It was generally what I expected it to be, so I’m not complainin’.  Plus, I was with my Toastmasters crew, so it was all good.  Good way to start the weekend.

*Location:
7902 NW 36th St
Doral, FL 33166