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Great Argentine and Italian restaurant in Huntington Beach

What a lovely experience my husband and I had at Cambalache Grill Argentine & Italian Cuisine the other night.  A taste of Argentina right in Huntington Beach, located in a strip plaza on Warner just west of Magnolia.

It is a small restaurant but with high ceilings which gives it a larger feel.  The menu is a blend of Argentine and Italian fare.  We tried the Argentine dishes, which were delicious, so I can only imagine the Italian food would be as well.    There is also a good selection of wines.

Our server, Pedro, who is from Peru, also added to our wonderful experience.  He gave great suggestions, was attentive, professional and friendly.

Peta-Gaye's Picks, Cambalache

Provoleta del Chef

We started our meal with the Provoleta del Chef which was melted Provolone over Spanish chorizo topped with red bell peppers – a gooey, tasty dish served in a cast iron skillet.  It was good eaten on its own, but if your into bread, it’s good smooshed over the fresh baguette slices served with it.

I highly recommend the beef dishes!  The meat is seasoned with only sea salt and pepper, but perfectly seasoned, grilled to your liking and served with a delicious garlicky, Chimichurri sauce and a side of your choice.

Peta-Gaye's Picks, Cambalache Restaurant

Good wine selection at reasonable prices

I had the Entrana Cambalache, their grilled skirt steak, with roasted vegetables and my husband had the Bite Ancho, their rib-eye with roasted potatoes.   Both were very tender and mouth- watering good!

Prices are moderate, great prices for a good steak dinner and the wine  list had good wine for reasonable prices – we had a bottle of Daou Cabernet Sauvignon for $35 for the bottle, which complemented the beef very well.  The beef dishes started at $21 and up; pasta and chicken dishes were in $14 and up and seafood $19 and up.

I hesitated adding this to Peta-Gaye’s Picks, as this could easily become a regular dining spot for us, and they already seem to have quite the following. I recommend making a reservation, if you want a seat on the weekends!

Buon Appetito!