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Jul 6, 2008 11:49 AM

Argentinian Food

I need your guys' best rec for Argentinian. Please no La la's, either location.
Much appreciated

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    1. Carlitos Gardel and Max really knows his wine especially Malbec..

      Carlitos Gardel
      7963 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

      1. Every year I take my wife to a restaurant that she has never been to before. This year I picked Gardels and she absolutely loved it. Short of doing Churrascaria (bring a 20 year old appetite) Gardel's is the real thing and value for the money.

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        1. re: Hughlipton

          We considered going to Gardels but I did not see Morcilla on the menu. Do they have it? If not, that is a deal killer.

        2. Well, that was the Gardel's trifecta and all within the space of 4 minutes. Great minds...

          1. yes. I have been there, and we love it. Just curious if anyone knows any others.

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            1. re: cincyn

              The epitome of Argentinean food in LA is Mercado Buenos Aires in Van Nuys ( Saticoy & Sepulveda ). The service is very authentic (which means as bad as it gets ...), TV screens allthe time broadcasting soccer, excellen food and pastas, very low prices. No alcohol, no BYOB.


                1. re: RicRios

                  Agreed. Mercado Buenos Aires is as good as it gets. In addition to the great food, we buy most of our meat from the market.

                  On a related note, while I have not tried the place, I noticed a new Argentinean restaurant on Nordhoff near Havenhurst. I do not recall the name.

                2. re: cincyn

                  A new one just opened in sherman Oaks called Pampas Cafe, at 5242 Van Nuys Blvd., just north of Magnolia, yet south of the carwash.
                  They also have one in Granada Hills.
                  Went once, food was quite good, and their wine selection is due in this week, and will then be posted on their website, so they said. Will be wines from Chile and Argentina only, and quality ones at that.
         for some more details.
                  And here is a recent review and post on the place:

                  1. re: carter

                    SO yummy! You must try the tres leches cake.

                    1. re: valleychowhound

                      Oh, but I did, and my companion who I talked to today still comments rhapsodically about that tres leches cake - she can't wait to return just for it alone. I liked it, yet not to that level, as dessert is never overly high on my list of favorite parts of the dinner, but I would eat it any time anyone wanted to share a bite with me. The serving is enormous, btw!