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Single Gal Looking for Great Food in Buenos Aires

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hany May 1, 2010 01:04 PM

I'm going to be in BA in about a week and I'm really looking forward to the food. Once concern, however, is that I'll be traveling alone. Anyone know of great places to eat (restaurants, cafes...) that a person wouldn't feel awkward dining at alone? Also, I'm a morning person so the idea of dining at 10 pm is a bit daunting. Will I stand out like a sore thumb if I try to eat at 6:30 or 7? I'd like to avoid overly touristy places. I don't have a ton of money but could splurge on a meal or two.

Thanks for your recommendations...

  1. Pata_Negra May 1, 2010 01:40 PM

    your criteria non touristy _and_ early dinner are going to be a little challenging :(

    although i never understand why Americans are afraid of eating alone but as far as BA is concerned i've seen lone (wo)men in restaurants. no worries! enjoy BA.

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      hany May 3, 2010 02:20 PM

      I'm not afraid to eat alone, just that my experience is that some restaurants see it as a waste of a table. Just wanted to know whether I'm likely to get that reaction in BA.

      Looks like I'll have to adapt to staying up late... Any recommendations for restaurants?

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        chicadelmundo May 3, 2010 05:20 PM

        I'm a single girl in BA and have had no trouble eating out alone quite often. You'll have to at least wait until 8 or 8:30 for the kitchen to open, you'll be eating alone then (in terms of an empty restaurant) but won't have to wait until 10.
        There are a bunch of recommendations in the discussion boards below you should check out. Also if you go to Las Canitas (neighborhood) there are a few restaurants along Baez that keep their kitchens open longer. It's a bit touristy there, but it's the tradeoff.

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          bronwen May 4, 2010 10:22 AM

          I noticed alot of ladies dining alone. You'd be comfy at the Rodi Bar on Vincente Lopez in the Recoleta District, we ate there all the time and it's a big hit with the locals too.

    2. sinjawns Jun 1, 2010 04:49 AM

      Hi Hany-- you may be back already, but for future reference I would recommend Dada, San Martin 947.

      Very buzzy, even on the early side (it has continuous hours from noon) and a good bar if you want to dine there rather than at a table. You won't be the only tourist (well, maybe at 7 you might see only tourists...) but it is comfortable, friendly, cool but not too cool, reasonably priced. Everything we ate there (three visits) was wonderful, with reasonable portion sizes and good wine choice.

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