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Dec 5, 2006 06:00 AM

Buenos Aires Recommendations--Just Returned from Trip

Wanted to share a few recommendations from a recent trip to Buenos Aires. Overall, I think you're hard-pressed to go wrong. If you want to see some pics of the places/food written about below, visit:

Great Steaks
Both at Cabana Las Lilas in Puerto Madero and La Cabrera in Palermo. Would recommend reservations at both places, but easy to get the day of. The best filet mignon of my life at Cabana Las Lilas--bigger than my fist, the definition of tender. La Cabrera is cheaper but also good, and you get a dazzling array of tiny dishes with your steak--roasted egggplant, marinated pearl onions, applesauce, marinated garlic cloves--it's truly a wonder.

Great cookies
Stop in any one of the Havanna cafes, a local chain, for great alfajores--sandwich cookies filled with dulche de leche and covered in chocolate. They also make a great lemon cream sandwich cookie--tastes like meyer lemon to me. You can buy boxes to bring home!

Great Empanadas
I didn't have a bad empanada anywhere, though some crusts were better than others. Definitely pop into neighborhood joints, but also try the famed La Cupertina in Palermo on Cabrera, especially the sweet corn empanada. Best crusts--from a woodfired oven. Just under 60 cents for one. Closed on Mondays.

Surprising treat
Homemade hard cider at many a cafe/bar. Some of the best was at Bar Federal in San Telmo (the food there wasn't anything special, however). Light and refreshing, a great way to cool off after a day of pounding the pavement.

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  1. On the way out of the country, you can get tins of Havana Alfajores at the Duty Free shop at EZE. I got the miniatures covered in chocolate..
    True about empanadas, never did have one that was not good. A lot of places give you little ones with your drinks while you look over the menu.

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    1. re: pdxgirl

      I really like the chocolate covered lemon cookies....I bought some in BA and then bought more in the airport like you said.

      Dave MP

    2. Erin, looking at your pictures, my Ceasar salad lunch looks sad =-(
      It's so cold in my office that a submarino or cafe con leche would really come in handy. And sorry to say, but you will never get over the coffee, my husband has been here for close to 10 years and he can not find anything close to it. I am glad you enjoyed your time there. It's a beautiful city.

      1. I hope you tried gelato in Argentina...I still think about it.

        1. I am headed to Buenos AIres and will be meeting a local, who is very sociable and 'loves' BA and Argentina. He has stated we will eat great foods and drink good wines.
          And got an invitation to go with him to Mendoza, when the grapes will be harvested on the family lands! So perhaps, there will be some great places to recommend, when I get back.

          Still remember the great Beefsteak (NY) with a green salad, glass of wonderful white wine and ricotta cheesecake ($7) at the local diner Florida Grill.on the last trip, several times.
          It was delicious unlike anything, I can get around here, so I don't bother with steaks.