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The Parrillas of Puerto Madero

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The Perfect Steak

Puerto Madero isn’t all glitzy high-rises and polished SUVs. On the slow, wide avenue that runs parallel to the Reserva Ecológica, gather what must be the city’s largest collection of parrillas.

Bondiola

At lunchtime, an endless lineup of food carts grill sandwiches for the hungry workers from nearby offices. They all offer the same things, and it’s hard to see much difference between the carts, but some enjoy long lines while others are disquietingly empty.

After a walk through the Reserva, we sat down at one of the more popular parrillas and ordered bondiolas: grilled sandwiches complete with egg and cheese. Cheap, huge and delicious. When you’re in the park, trying to enjoy nature, the stinky grill smoke isn’t the most pleasant thing in the world, but it does make you hungry.

Locations of the Parillas from here to here
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April 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm Comment (1)

Las Cholas

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On a Twitter recommendation, we stopped by a parrilla called Las Cholas on a sunny afternoon we were spending in Palermo. During our time in Buenos Aires, we’ve eaten at a lot of restaurants, and can safely say that Las Cholas is among the very best of them.

Fresh Meat

Las Cholas’ location on Calle Arce is perfect. This tiny section of Palermo directly behind the polo field is advantageously separated from large streets and enjoys light traffic. A number of restaurants have set up here, and we joined the hordes of hungry people blanketing the sidewalks. But we were quicker (or more shameless) than the others, and snatched a coveted window table at Las Cholas.

Just reading the menu was mouth-watering, and once we saw the plates being delivered to other tables, we did a double-take at the prices. Huge portions of perfectly grilled meats for very little cash. Las Cholas would be a bargain anywhere, but especially in Palermo, where everything is noticeably more expensive than in San Telmo. We agreed upon provoleta as an appetizer, which is both (a) nothing more a hunk of baked cheese, and (b) exactly as delicious as that sounds. I had grilled quesadillas as my main course, while Jürgen decided upon the lomo, as he almost always will after spying it on a menu.

Thank god for technology like Twitter! Las Cholas has been just one of the great experiences we’ve had thanks to enthused tips from our social networking buddies. As our time in Buenos Aires ticks down, make sure to let us know if there are any other “can’t miss” dining or entertainment experiences!

Las Cholas
Arce 306
Tel: 4899-0094
Location on our Buenos Aires Map

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El Sanjuanino – A Rustic Recoleta Escape

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Immediately surrounding the Recoleta Cemetery, there are any number of restaurants with conspicuous English-language signs and inflated prices. Do yourself a favor and resist the bait. Instead, take a short five-minute walk to Restaurante El Sanjuanino on Calle Posadas, a classic in the area, with incredible food and excellent prices.

Argentinian Wine

We ate here shortly before visiting the cemetery, having done our research with the indispensable Guia Óleo: a popular restaurant guide for BsAs. I honestly doubt that better empanadas exist in the city. I doubt they could. There may be some just as good, but “better” isn’t possible. Emapanada-making, it seems, is an art that can be perfected.

In this well-bred, exclusive rincón of Buenos Aires, El Sanjuanino is an appreciated change of pace. It’s all wooden interiors, and you almost feel as though you’re visiting your grandparents out in the woods. There was a healthy mix of locals and tourists when we went, and the service was perfect: friendly but not hovering. Besides the flawless empanadas, freshly baked and enormous, we had homemade raviolis and matambre, a delicious rolled flank steak with vegetables and cheese. Locros and tamales are also favorites on the menu.

If you’re in the area and hungry for an excellent, filling and affordable lunch, El Sanjuanino has what you need.

El Sanjuanino’s Website
Posadas 1515
Tel: 4804-2909
Location on our Buenos Aires Map

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March 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm Comments (13)

Parrilla Desnivel

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No type of restaurant is more characteristic of Buenos Aires than the parrilla. Just around our neighborhood, there are at least six hundred thousand parrillas. Six thousand million restaurants with open barbecue pits where steaks, sausages and offal are grilled to perfection and served to the bloodthirsty meat-eaters of the city.

Desnivel

You might think one parrilla can’t all that different from the others. It’s grilled meat. How can a particular restaurant excel at that? But the quality actually varies widely, and so we wanted to chose correctly for our introduction to the art. And upon seeing the crowds packed inside Restaurante Desnivel, we made our choice. No surprise that Desnivel is so popular: the prices are low, the meat is high quality, and the service is quick, if a little brusque. No frills.

The steak I ordered was incredible. This was my first true Argentine slab of meat, and it was thick and delicious. Faultless. The rest of our food was great too, but paled in comparison to that steak. So juicy, I wanted dump the wine out of my glass, wring out my steak into it, and drink the bloody grease with my pinkie finger stuck out like a fancy caveman. So juicy, I wanted to use it as the world’s most delicious pillow, and lick it while I slept.

Because Desnivel is so popular, you might have to exhibit some patience before getting a table. It’s chaotic and loud, but if you’re looking for a perfectly grilled steak that won’t set you back too much cash, you can’t go wrong here.

Restaurante Desnivel
Defensa 855
Tel: 11 4300 9081
Location on our BA Map

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