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Buenos Aires, Argentina

What's your favorite place (aside from your backyard) to eat BBQ?
Post Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:45 pm
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In a town loaded with grilled meat and asado, a stateside BBQ fan may not know where to start. Its pretty hard to go wrong, but you will want to try a couple of places for sure.

HAPPENING (Almagro)
Alicia Moreau de Justo 310, Buenos Aires, Argentina
(011) 4319-8712/5
For something Fancy (most of the meast are roasted in a wood fired oven) try "Happening" in Puerto Madero. Its trendy and hip, with an awsome wine list and some of the best cordero (lamb) I've ever tasted.


LA TRANQUERA (BELGRANO)
Figueroa Alcorta, Av. 6464, Belgrano, Bajo Belgrano, C.A.B.A.
Tel: 4784-6119
For the straight up real grill and Asado experience everyone goes to "La Estancia" - of course a classic - but please don't overlook "La Tranquera" for a fantastic selection of griled Achurras (sweetbreads, kidneys, blood sausage and Intestines) and drop your socks Asado.

PATAGONIA SUR (BOCA)
Rocha 801, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5411 4303 5917
Francis Mallmann is the Argentine version of Steven Raichlen. He's conquerd TV, Books (You must read Seven Fires) and Restaurants. He is a maestro when it comes to live fire cooking. His zona Boca restaurant Patagonia Sur should be on your list. Try the peached pork, its divine.

My experiences only, but you're sure to find something you like in one of these. By the way if you ever get a jones for a Pizza when you are there, look no further than "El Cuartito". Best pizza in the world. Hands Down.
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Post Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:37 am
ScreamingChicken BBQ Deputy
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Cool review! Do you get to Buenos Aires on a somewhat regular basis or did you take a once-in-a-lifetime trip?

Brad

Post Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:00 am
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Yes... cool review... I have been curious about Francis Malman's 7 fires since reading Planet Barbecue. Sounds like I should check it out.
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Post Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:56 pm
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I get down when I can, which is never often enough. My wifes relatives are there. Everyone has not only a "grill" in the backyard, but what they call a "Quincho" which is an entire building (usualy a covering but they get pretty fancy) devoted to the "Parilla" or Grill. My wifes Aunt has an incredible setup that seats about 20, and a giant wood fired grill. I'll post some pictures when I get around to it...

The food there is the best I've eaten anywhere - which says a lot because i've spent a fair amount of time in Italy with "my side of the family". Argentina has better food. And WAY better pizza.

Next time you want an exotic trip to a food (I mean barbecue) destination, check it out. For a small taste of it, read Francis Mallmanns "Seven Fires". Great pictures, and a step by step diary of barbecuing an entire cow (takes like 3 days and 7 people).
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