Where is the best beef in Buenos Aires and what to eat?

Where is the best beef in Buenos Aires and what to eat?

Sight included on our Buenos Aires Free City Tour

Ok, Buenos Aires is famous because of our steak, but what else does Argentinean beef have?
It’s not only that the cows grow up in very green fields so their muscles are not so developed and as a result the meat is more tender, it’s also the way we cut it afterwards!!! That is why, first advice, I wouldn’t order the American T-Bone or Baby beef… come on! get into pure beef culture!!!

So here you’ve got some recommendations of different cuts you may try:

Appetizers:
MOLLEJAS (glands, totally recommend these ones with lemon ‘n salt! – not for everybody…)
PROVOLETA (it’s not meat, it’s melted provolone cheese and its great!!!)
CHORIZO (pork and cow sausage)
MORCILLA (blood sausage)

For the brave ones: you can also try – I don’t like these and don’t recommend you to do it…:
CHINCHULINES (guts)
RIÑONES (kidneys)

Main (all of them are beef stakes):
BIFE DE CHORIZO
ENTRAÑA
VACIO
ASADO DE TIRA (small ribs)
OJO DE BIFE (rib eye)
MATAMBRE TIERNIZADO
COLITA DE CUADRIL
LOMO (tenderloin)

Would you like some pork?
BONDIOLA
MATAMBRITO DE CERDO

HOW TO EAT EVERYTHING?
When we go to a Parrilla, we usually order different cuts and then share them with our friends.  As first could be an empanada, chorizo, morcilla and provoleta and then for main we ask for one cut every 2 people.

If you’d like to taste a dessert, a classic here is “FLAN CON CREMA Y DULCE DE LECHE”.

WHERE TO GO?
It’s easy, welcome to Argentina!!!
You don’t need to pay a fortune for getting a very good steak….

There are four big groups of parrillas:

Prices are orientative

PARRILLON it’s a place “from around the neighborhood”, cheap, and don’t expect a great service, prices will be about AR$ 300 – AR$500

EL DESNIVEL – San Telmo – 1 – Defensa 855 – Tel 4300-9081 I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE! Ask for BIFE DE CHORIZO MARIPOSA!

LAS CABRAS – Palermo – Soler @ Fitz Roy – It’s really cheap, go early! Nice atmosphere! It’s no so parrillon, it looks cooler!

LA GRAN HOLLYWOOD  Palermo – Bonpland 2205 – 4773-3580

PARRILLA PEÑA – Barrio Norte – Completely local and friendly! – Rodríguez Peña 682 – tel 4371-5643

NEW STYLE PARRILLAS (A$500-$800)

LA CABRERA – Palermo Soho – Everybody likes this one!!! – Cabrera 5099 – tel 4831-7002 – Don’t forget to book for this one!

LA DORITA – Palermo Hollywood – Humboldt 1905 -4773-0070

DON JULIO – Palermo – Guatemala 4691 – 4831-9564

EL ENCANTO – Palermo Hollywood – Bompland 1690

LA POPULAR – Almagro- Lavalle 3602 esq Mario Bravo

FANCY PARRILLAS (AR$ 600 – AR$1500)

LA BRIGADA – San Telmo – Estados Unidos 465 – tel 4361-5557 – Book and ask for a table at the lobby, perhaps you are lucky and you have a Tango singer over there! I love this place!!!! Mollejas and Provoleta are the best!!!!EL MIRASOL– Puerto Madero – Alicia Moreu de Justo 202 – Tel 4315-6277

EL MIRASOL DE LA RECOVA – Recoleta – Posadas 1032 – Tel 4326-7322

CABAÑA LAS LILAS – Pto Madero – Alicia Moreau de Justo 516 – 4313-1336

The ones on bold letter are the ones I take my friends to and we love going!

If you try those 4 ones, you will have an idea of what Parrillas are like, if you have to choose only one, LA BRIGADA (if you are in the San Telmo area) or LA CABRERA (if you are in the Palermo area) and if you go to La Cabrera, sharing is the main tip, the portions are HUGE!

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