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Looking for a place that imports there beef from Argentina

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Humberto Feb 13, 2004 02:12 AM

I got back from Madrid 4 months ago & I had the best T-bone steak ever. The dead cow was imported from Argentina & it wasn't the seasoning that had the magic. A friend of mine took me to a Chilean independence day picnic 5 years ago & the beef was flown in from Chile & I had a similar experience. I've been to Morton's in BH & Vegas & the steaks were alright. Now the difference between the two is fucing huge. Is it me or is South American beef that much better. I have tried looking for a restaurant that imports their beef from Argentina or Chile & I've had no luck. Is there anyone who could recommend a very good steakhouse that has excellent beef or better yet imports it from Argentina or Chile.

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    WlA RE: Humberto Feb 13, 2004 09:10 AM

    Have you tried Gardel's Restaurant on Melrose Ave.?, (7963 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles (323)655-0891) They are an Argentine place that has been around forever, (at least since 1984 or so, which counts as forever in the restaurant biz). The information below used to be good, but I am not sure it is still current. If it is you can probably get some good information on your quest from her.

    Silvina DiBella of the Argentine Meat Company Ltd., located at 3345 Newport Blvd., Suite #214, Newport Beach, CA 92663, telephone number (949) 675-8593

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      Public Eye RE: WlA Feb 14, 2004 03:22 AM

      Gardels is terrific and certainly uses Argentinian beef unless it's banned. They also have the best garlic fries in Creation!
      Beer and wine license, flamenco on Wed. and the weekend.

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      Fidelixi RE: Humberto Feb 13, 2004 12:17 PM

      I believe it's illegal to import beef from Argentina since a hoof-and-mouth outbreak in 2000.

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        2chez mike RE: Humberto Feb 13, 2004 12:54 PM

        I remember seeing Argentine beef at the Mayfair Market on Franklin Ave. in Hollywood. Call and find out if they still sell it.

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          JudiAU RE: Humberto Feb 13, 2004 02:40 PM

          I believe it is illegal to import. You might want to look for grass-fed beef. It will have a similiar flavor.

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            Jerome RE: Humberto Feb 13, 2004 02:52 PM

            These people might have either imported beef (unlikely) or locally produced beef of similar quality (my guess).

            CARNICERIA ARGENTINA
            11740 VICTORY BLVD
            91606
            NORTH HOLLYWOOD

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              Jimbo RE: Humberto Feb 13, 2004 05:26 PM

              Try the Gaucho Argentine meat market on Inglewood and either marine or Manhattan beach blvd.

              If anyone knows it's them

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                jennifervision RE: Jimbo Nov 19, 2009 02:01 AM

                That place is legit. I'm from argentina and my family and I go there regularly for our meat and other foods from the motherland.

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                robb RE: Humberto Feb 14, 2004 05:26 PM

                Cafe Buenos Aires in Santa Barbara used to (2000) say that they brought beef in from the Pampas. Don't know about the legality thing but the place is on State Street and has dancing too.

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                  Jeryy RE: robb Nov 19, 2009 10:12 PM

                  Try Mercado Buenos Aires on Sepulveda in the Valley.

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