Parrillas in Buenos Aires

20 Mar

We might or might not have gone overboard in Buenos Aires. Steaks were consumed on a daily basis for 4 nights in a row. In the land of glorious grass fed beef how could we not? So we partook in the experiences of 4 different types of parrilla “establishments.”

Exhibit A, local:
Club Eros
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Nondescript exterior, check.

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No, we didn’t stumble into a futbol field by mistake. Club Eros is a legit and local parrilla joint that is attached to an indoor gym that hosts soccer and volleyball games.

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This place was happening on a rainy Monday evening.

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The menu is very simple, spanning only a couple of pages.

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Obligatory papas fritas aka french fries.

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Bife de chorizo, aka strip steak. So what you have to know about ordering steak in Argentina is that they basically only offer 3 cuts: New York, Rib-eye, and Filet Mignon. Local people order them cooked like hockey pucks all the way through, but if they know you’re a tourist they will cook it medium-rare for you. The terms to use (if you don’t have a picture on your phone) is azul (blue) or jugoso (juicy). Most places speak English to a degree, but at Club Eros they didn’t.

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Milanesa, essentially beef that’s been pounded thin, battered, and fried.

Verdict:
Not the best cut, but still really tender and mindblowingly cheap. $8 for that hunk of steak! Our total bill was around 20 bucks!

Exhibit B, food court:
Yes, we tried steak at a food court.

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This flan was disappointing- too eggy.

Verdict: not shabby for a food court.

Exhibit C, tourist happy hour:
La Cabrera
South America is similar to Europe in that people dine quite late. At home we used to eat at 5:30 or 6, so we had to adjust to eating at earliest 7 or even later. We found out that La Cabrera has a happy hour from 7-8:30 where food is half off. Instead of it being a true happy hour where people order drinks and light foods, all the tourists use it to eat steak at their normal hour for half off! We started lining up around 6:30.

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Verdict:
Very decent. We wouldn’t mind coming back, esp with happy hour being such a good deal!

Exhibit D,
Don Julio
This was our favorite parrilla experience, and one our top restaurants that we’ve ever eaten at.

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For a size reference, those steaks are sitting on 12″ plates.

Verdict: Fantastic. The steaks were HUGE and cooked a perfect medium-rare. Where else can you get a whole meal like that for $61 including potatoes, sodas, and flan)? We also loved the ambiance and service was impeccable. This place is a must visit for the ultimate parrilla experience.

So there you have it, all in the name of research!

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2 Responses to “Parrillas in Buenos Aires”

  1. msluu March 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM #

    Jeannie, you are so right! I need to add Argentina to the top of my travel list! I love the pictures and your food posts! I just had a steak last night but now I want a grass-fed beef steak!

  2. Oscar March 21, 2012 at 7:44 AM #

    Send me some Argentina steaks…not picky–new york, rib-eye, or filet mignon will satisfy me!

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