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Buenos Aires food report

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hofame Nov 19, 2007 10:30 AM

My wife and I recently spent two weeks in BA. Our first week was at Teresita’s B&B in Adrogue, a very nice small suburb about a half hour from downtown.Teresita runs a cooking school there which is absolutely super. Her empanadas were the best we had and the parilla is spectacular.

For the second week we rented an apartment in the Palermo area. Despite BA’s reputation for not having much fish we had very good fish at El Preferido de Palermo located on the corner of Borges and Guatemala. The restaurant entrance is on the side of the building, bar entrance on the corner.

Arguably the best meal we had in BA was at Divina Patagonia. I had roast loin of venison and my wife had a lamb dish, both flavorful and excellent.

An unplanned but interesting lunch stop found us at El Palacio dela Papa Frita. They have several locations and we were at the one on Av. Corrientas 1612. Their Papas Fritas are supposedly a secret recipe that is a souffle potato, sort of like a french fry skin, very light, without a center. Very good as were their entrees.

A big disappointment for us was La Cabrera. The lomo was tough, as was the pork that my wife had. Their side dishes are a nice touch but they didn’t make up for the meat. I don’t know what happened, perhaps they are coasting on their reputation or not buying the highest quality meats to increase profit margin. The place is definitely not worth the wait. We had great lomo at La Trapiche that restored my faith in Argentine beef. As a bonus there was no line and no wait. Mostly locals inside.

We could stuff ourselves only once a day and tried to eat one lighter meal. A really good one was found in Palermo at “a Manger” at Charcas 4001 on the corner of Malabia. Great bread, sandwiches and light entrees. Wash everything down with Malbec.

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