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as you may have guessed,
is what courses through
the city’s veins

The list is so extensive there is no possible way to touch

all the bases, but here is a “quick” overview.

If you are looking for authentic food head to a pizzeria or a parrilla to fill up. Stepping out of your door without smelling bbq’d meat or baked cheese is entirely out of the questions. Most locals will tell you that the best pizza by the slice in town can be found at Pizza Güerrin (Av. Corrientes 1368). This spacious, crowded restaurant boasts a great atmosphere and dishes up meals at scrumptiously low prices (even lower if you eat at the bar in the front). Try the napolitana if you’re aching for something with a little spice and don’t even think about missing out on the very local fugazza or fugazzetta (white pizza with onions).

One of the most famous—for good reason—parrillas in Palermo, La Cabrera (Cabrera 5099), has mouth-watering steaks that come with endless sides and a steeper price tag. For meat done a little out of the ordinary try the steak burgers at El Lomo Feroz (Fitz Roy 1666 and Serrano 1449, Palermo). Wherever you go, do not underestimate Argentina’s facility for grilling meat. All neighborhoods will have local restaurants that serve up fantastic cuts for a fraction of what a steak dinner would usually cost. The best option is to ask your cab driver his suggestion and take the chance that he knows what he is talking about.

Ethnic cuisine
Palermo is also the place to get less traditional fare with many places offering ethnic fusion cuisine. Some of the places with the most sought after menus can be found in Palermo Soho and Hollywood. Here is a selection of some of the top places:

Krishna Love (Calle Malabia1833) serves up satisfying Hari Krishna food, perfect for those seeking vegetarian or healthier options.

Xalapa (El Salvador 4800 corner of Gurruchaga) has some of the best Mexican food around. Considering the reasonable prices on the menu, there is no excuse not to try their beyond-perfect frozen margaritas ($17 pesos) and guacamole with ample chips to start.

Osaka (Soler 5608) offers an interesting Peruvian-Japanese fusion menu. Though it is most definitely a pricier venue it is said to be well worth the splurge. Reservations a must!

Sarkis (Thames 1101) is the Armenian restaurant that both locals and foreigners put on their list. Said to be one of the best deals in the BsAs food scene, this place is packed nightly with people enjoying the hummus and shish kabobs that are only two favorites on the menu.

Street food
For those on a budget and looking for a quick fill, look no further than the abundance of vendors selling food on the street. Fruit and vegetable stands, as well as bakeries selling fresh bread, are a mainstay of every neighborhood. From time to time you may even be stopped by a vendor selling cheese and dried salami straight from his basket. Put these ingredients together and you’ve found yourself the cheapest sandwich in town.

If you would rather someone else put your meal together, try out the food stands of Buenos Aires. La Costanera Norte can be found right in front of the domestic airport and, though it is mostly visited by fisherman and families saying last goodbyes before hopping on the plane, it can be a great, cheap scene for fast food. Similarly, the walk up to the Retiro bus station is peppered with tempting take-away.

More popular options for cheap, eat-as-you-go foods are the Sunday street markets. San Telmo and Mataderos are bursting with well-priced bites like the standard and always delicious chori- and morci-pan (chorizo/morcilla + pan), pan relleno (bread stuffed with cheese and other goodies), Mexican burritos, and, of course, the ever present sweets: facturas (pastries) and churros.

The true street food hot spot,
..however, is located in Puerto Madero right along the canal and ecological reserve. Known as the Costanera Sur, permanent food stands open up shop on the weekends to provide tasty classics from all over the country. Ranging from the outstanding cores of Argentine cuisine such as choripan, asado, bandiola, and churrasquito to regional dishes such as locro—a delicious, hearty stew from northern Argentina—there is no shortage of choices.

The Porteño says: “Aside from all the incredible restaurants in the city, there is nothing quite like the flavor of argentine barbecue done at home. Not only the flavor of the meat itself, but rather the experience of getting friends and family together around the grill while waiting for the meat to cook, is something fun and typical here—and of course it’s not complete without a cup of wine or beer in hand (people usually find this helps with Spanish too). Vegetarians can also take part; ‘Provoleta’ is a thick piece of cheese cooked on the grill. The flavor is truly indescribable.

For pizza El Palacio de la Pizza (Av. Corrientes 751), right by the obelisk, has gigantic-sized pizzas for the true fanatics. If you really want to do as Argentines do, try the traditional “Fainá” which is eaten as an accompaniment with pizza. It is a type of bread made from chickpeas that is usually placed on top of each slice. In the old days, tradition was to sip on a glass of ´Moscoto´, an alcoholic drink, while enjoying your pizza and fainá.”

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