What would you like to eat?
In Buenos Aires you will find a varied gastronomic offer. It is due to the diverse cultural inheritance of the city and the multiple international culinary influences. So, here are some Buenos Aires local food recommendations so that you know what to eat and where to find it.
They just come from our experience as locals, these are the places we like to go to. We’re sure there always new options to discover.
In any case, they can be located in tourist areas or not, but we consider them all an authentic Buenos Aires offer.
Argentine Beef: Parrillas
If there is a meal that identifies Argentines, it is without any doubt beef.
Of course there are restaurants that are dedicated exclusively to offer roasted meat: the “Parrillas”, which is the same name as in the device where the meat is cooked.
Prices at these “Parrillas” can vary considerably, and generally for a higher price, we would get better quality.
We eat everything from the cow, and we encourage you to ask for “achuras”, which is what we love the most! They are basically different organs of the cow. Many times it is better to eat them without knowing exactly what it is, to avoid prejudices. In a restaurant menu you will find them as: “Riñones”, “Chinchulines”, “Mollejas”.
The most classic option to order as a starter is a “Matrimonio” that is a sausage and a blood sausage. Another must to eat on a parrilla is the “Provoleta”, a cheese melted on the grill, with an unforgettable texture and flavor.
Buenos Aires pizza, we could say, is different from all pizzas around the world. They all have cheese, and some of them have a lot of cheese, which makes them delicious for the Argentine palate.
In Porteños’ pizzerias, you will find that fainá is offered, but you may wonder what it is. It’s a dough made with chickpea flour, baked and cut into slices to put on top the pizza slice. Try it!
The typical drink to order at a traditional pizzeria in Buenos Aires is “Moscato”, a very sweet white wine that is drunk cold.
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Empanadas are an Argentine classic. Each province of the country has a different recipe for making empanadas, and so both the taste of the dough and its ingredients change.
Of course everyone says that the best empanadas are those of their own region, but the good news are that you won’t need to travel all over Argentina to taste them. In Buenos Aires you could find empanadas with recipes from all over the country.
It is very common to find that pizzerias also sell empanadas, but there are also restaurants dedicated exclusively to empanadas.
They can be baked or fried, but you would most likely distinguish one from another one by the filling.
The classic empanadas are: “Carne” (beef), “Pollo” (Chicken), “Jamon y Queso” (Ham and Cheese), “Humita” (cream of corn), “Caprese” (cheese, tomato and basil), “Roquefort”, “Queso y cebolla” (Cheese and Onion) and “Atún” (Tuna).
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The most popular street food of Buenos Aires is the famous “Choripan” (chorizo sandwich).
It is very common to see someone who installs a “mobile grill” and starts selling sandwiches at different public places: close to a soccer stadium, when there is a festival or in demonstrations or in other crowded events.
But there are also shops or food trucks that you can find every day in the city at the same place and they offer sandwiches with different kinds of meat prepared on the parrilla.
The most traditional options are: the “Choripan”, as we’ve already mentioned, the “Churrasquito” (beef cut very thin) and the “Bondiola” (pork meat cut very thin), but it is also common to find sandwiches of other cuts of meat such as “vacio”.
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In recent years the hamburger became very fashionable, and nowadays you can find up to 2 hamburger shops per block in neighborhoods like Palermo or San Telmo.
We can’t forget to mention the extraordinary “Milanesa” sandwich. Milanesa is a beef covered with bread crumb and fried. Usually the sandwich comes with lettuce, tomato and some dressing like mayonnaise, mustard or ketchup.
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Bodegones are the typical Porteños restaurants. They offer a wide variety of food like pasta, fish, beef, pork, chicken, etc. If you’re looking for some special Buenos Aires local food recommendations, going to a Bodegón may be something that’s not heard as frequently as you’ll hear that you can’t miss eating a steak during your stay in the city.
The most interesting thing of these restaurants is to visit them, because entering there is like traveling in time.
There is a list of Bodegones, which are protected by law under the name of “Bares Notables”. In other words, these places must keep their original façade and interior decorations, and any changes to be made must be first authorized by the city government.
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We dare to say that Buenos Aires ice creams are the best in the world, and we say it without shame because they are really very good!
There are many “heladerias artesanales” in the city, which means they produce their own ice cream right there. This gives a touch of personality to each ice cream flavor.
It is probably what we celebrate the most of our Italian roots, the heritage of making ice cream.
The most popular ice cream taste is undoubtedly “Dulce de Leche”, it could not be otherwise because of our fanaticism for dulce de leche.
Personally we are very demanding with ice cream, so we do not have a wide variety of recommendations, only the ice cream shop we consider the best.
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So, we hope that you’ll enjoy your time in the city and our Buenos Aires local food recommendations. If you have any suggestion for us, let us know! We’d like to try it for sure!!