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We are traveling to BA for 8 days in April. Any recommendations on local Restaurants, Delis, Wine Bars & Food Markets? We are interested in Parrillas and Bares y Cafe Notables de Buenos Aires.

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    Tha Groovin' Gourmet

    With that much time in BA, you MUST MUST MUST go to Restaurant Dora.
    Go there your first night in town, and if you're like us you'll go back again before you leave. We even ended our ski trip a day early to get back to BA for a 3rd Dora visit before leaving town.

    Your first visit get a steak and one of their spinach preparations...HEAVEN!

    Enjoy BA...it is one of my favorite cities anywhere.

    Was that enough MUSTs up top???

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    1. re: Tha Groovin' Gourmet

      I beg to disagree- I took the advice of Chowhounds and went to this restaurant Dora on my 15 th annivesary, on an anniversary trip to BA. I was SO dissapointed !!the tables were really close together, the noise deafening-all of which wouldn't have mattered a bit if the food was any good. which it wasn't !! in a country famed for meat,theirs was completely unappetizing. I hesitate to recommed the Cabana las Lilas, which Chowhounds would probably say is too touristy- but we did go to a parilla called "1881", near San Telmo, on Defensa Street. It was small, local, cheap, fun and delicious. Everything you want in a parilla..

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        Victor Domenech

        I lived for two years in BA before the crash and when the peso=dollar. The best parrilla is La Brigada in San Telmo. The waiters use spoons to cut the meat in your table. Cabana Las Lilas and La Caballeriza are for first timers in the city and tourists. Better than those in the same area is Estilo Campo in Puerto Madero. Dora is overrated. Try Oviedo in Berruti street in the Recoleta-Barrio Norte area. Used to go there a lot on sundays.

    2. There have been several posts on this board about BA, so run a search to see what others recommend.

      I was in BA in December and enjoyed Cafe la Biela in the Recoleta district. It is a bit posh, but a huge, huge tree hovers over the outdoor tables. It is worth a stop if you are visiting the Recoleta Cemetary. Also, on that same street (this is the street leading up the the Iglesia del Pilar) is a deli called Peck. I believe it is the same Peck that's in Milan, but it might be worth checking out if you are looking for delis.

      One restaurant I read about, but didn't visit, was El Obrero. You might want to investigate that. I liked Cabana de las Lilas, even though it is probably overpriced for BA standards and touristy. Finally, don't miss gelato - Freddo, Volta and Periscopo (sp?).

      1. note spelling change in header - now this thread will be searchable.

        1. I highly recommend Sucre. Especially the shredded lamb entree. One of our best meals in BA that we had last year.

          1. On the advice of chowhounds we went to Cabana las Lilas and Dora.

            Cabana las lilas was phenomenal. Don't let the fact that tourists go there discourage you. It was the best steak period! The prices were fabulous because the dollar is so strong. If the weather is nice have the concierge call ahead to request an outdoor table, you will not get one otherwise. NB there are two. We went to the one at the waterfront area.

            Dora was good. Although the waiters are in tuxes it is not a fancy place. The decor is dated and the tables are close together. It is very casual. HOwever, we enjoyed everything we ate. I highly recommend the spanish omelette. It is stuffed with potatoes. Really excellent.

            have fun.