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Parrilla Central: The Argentina Meat Experience

In Japan you eat sushi, Mexico you eat tacos, India you eat curry, and in Argentina, it’s all about the meat.  It’s no surprise that Argentina has one of the highest per capita beef consumption in the world, with the consumer ingesting a yearly average of more than 140 pounds.  With so many parrilla options (restaurants specializing in meat) in Buenos Aires, here is our Expanish guide to help you find the perfect place to eat that steak.

 

The Traditional Bodegón Parrilla:

Parrilla Peña (Rodriguez Peña 682, Centro / Recoleta): No frills, this place is just about the food.  The clientele may have an average age of 60 years old, but these are serious eaters who know how to pick a restaurant.

Don Carlos (Brandsen 699, La Boca): Not only does Don Carlos offer an excellent meat selection, but also a wide variety of  seafood and pasta options.

El Trapiche (Paraguay 5099, Palermo Hollywood): Meat, fish, pasta – el Trapiche has it all.  Don’t forget to order the papas a la provenzal as a guarnición (side dish).

 

The Touristy-for-a-reason Parrilla

La Cabrera (Cabrera 5099, Palermo Soho): Sure, this place is filled with English speakers – but there’s a reason for its popularity: huge portions of perfectly cook meat that come with about 10 sides dishes at no extra cost.

La Brigada (Estados Unidos 465, San Telmo):  Order a bife de lomo (tenderloin), a chorizo sausage, wine and you’ll leave a very happy meat camper.

Don Julio (Guatemala 4691, Palermo Soho): For a traditional experience, the service at Don Julio is old school: waiters dressed up in clean white shirts offering excellent service to guests.

The Modern Parrilla

Miranda (Costa Rica 5602, Palermo Hollywood): Miranda fits under the category of a new breed of a trendy parrilla that mixes classic items with a modern twist.  Salad fanatics do not fret, try the ensalada Antonia, a mountain of grilled vegetables on top of leafy greens.

A Orillas del Maldonado (Humboldt 1729, Palermo Hollywood): Perfect to sit outside on a summer’s day, this newly opened restaurant has excellent quality meat, perfectly crisp thick french fries and very economical prices.

The Street Food Parrilla

Puestito del Tio (Dorrego in between Figuero Alcorta and Lugones, Bosques del Palermo):  Street food is not common in Buenos Aires, but you can find mobile street parrilla carts.  Don’t think about hygienic aspect, just order a choripan (chorizo and bread sandwiches) and vacíopan (flank steak sandwich) and drench on the chimichurri.

Alameda Sur (Av. Achaval Rodriguez, Costanera Sur)

Another famous street food cart located on the southern end of the Ecological Reserve entrance.  Some claim that Alameda Sur serves the best choripan in the city, and that’s a big statement to make.

Allie