The vacio is a very large flank steak, marinated but still chewy and heavily textured. So goes the centro de entrana, or hanger steak, which might be downright crusty on the exterior though still red and soft within. Nightly specials can sometimes go far beyond that. One skirt steak is even served with the cow's silver skin membrane intact, which renders during cooking into a thin, crackling layer of crunch.
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Steaks are served a la carte, so you practically have to order some kind of side dish. The don't miss choice is an order of fries, which are clearly cut in house, served crisp and salty and are as irresistible as popcorn at the movies.
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One of the more unusual choices is the Milanesa, which is thin cut, breaded, fried beef, topped with an optional fried egg. Air Force Ones White Womens
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assortment of tart, sharp or smooth chimichurri sauces, which pair beautifully with the crusty mouth feel of the meat. The Italian influence comes back with a few pasta entrees, including the highly recommended "noqui," a dish of potato pasta dumplings better known as gnocchi, cooked with a rich cream sauce, bits of pancetta and green peas.
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Places like Crescent City Steakhouse and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse have a lock on the New Orleans style steak a meltingly tender slab of beef served sizzling in butter. La Boca, however, is a steakhouse cut from quite a different cloth. This Warehouse District restaurant is inspired by the carnivore centric cuisine of Argentina, and its specialties are big, crusty steaks of a type we don't see much in New Orleans, served with tart, tangy chimichurri sauces of parsley, garlic and oil.
a huge impact on Argentine culture, including its cuisine. That shows up most clearly on La Boca's appetizer menu. The most interesting choice is a hot, iron skillet of melted provolone cheese, herbs and olive oil called the provoleta, ready for dipping with some crusty bread. It's filling but hard to resist. The mollejas, or grilled sweetbreads, are smoky and substantial and even people normally put off by the idea of eating glands seem to like these. Bruschetta with goat cheese and empanadas stuffed with ground beef are more straightforward.
It's different, but too tough and bland to recommend next to the much more interesting grilled steaks.
There are only a few steaks on La Boca's menu that could be Nike Air Force High Tops Black described as tender. These are fine but also available at any number of other places. To put this restaurant through its paces, try one of its South American specialty steaks.
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