Argentine dishes you must try while in Buenos Aires

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Heading to Buenos Aires this Austral spring? October and November is the best time to be in the Paris of the South, as temperatures hover in the low 20’s (Celsius), and the warm sun makes patio drinking and dining a popular pastime after the chilly winter months.

While you are surfing from one establishment to another, be sure to try the following Argentine dishes…

1) Asado

With the Pampas and Patagonia brimming with cattle, the supply of top quality beef in Argentina will have you plying your stomach with the best cow you have eaten in your life at prices you won’t be able to comprehend.

The steaks here are often cut from a cross containing the entire animal, which roasts over a sizable fire. Those seeking the best asado will find it at Don Julio’s in Palmero, or at La Brigada in San Telmo.

2) Empanada de carne

While empanadas are a common savory pastry treat that can be found all over Latin America, many consider the ones that come out of Argentina to be the best of the lot.

Once you sink your teeth into an empanada de carne for the first time, the special care that the ground beef has been treated to during cooking will be apparent as their flavor hits your taste buds. Cooked with onions and variety of spices (chili powder, cumin, and paprika are common), it is a snack you’ll want to have at the first available opportunity.

Look for the best empanadas in Buenos Aires at El Sanjuanino, which has locations in both Palermo and Recoleta.

3) Argentine pizza

Many Argentinians trace their lineage back to Italy, and when you look around at the fine architecture, aggressive driving habits of the locals, and multiple gelato shops in nearly every neighborhood, it’s not hard to believe that.

This extends to pizza as well, which is almost as widely eaten as asado these days. Despite their love of these pies being related to their Italian roots, that is where similarities end.

As Argentine pizza evolved, the crust became thicker than its Italian progenitor, and cheese became the dominant topping, with many pies resembling a disc of mozzarella.

For those brave enough to try though, the cheese melts easily in your mouth, and the ingredients underneath reveal a love of freshness that mirrors their ancestor’s belief’s when it comes to food.

The subject of where one gets the best pizza in Buenos Aires has sparked fist fights in the past, but seeing how we can hide behind a keyboard, we recommend that you head to Banchero in the downtown core, or Pirillo in San Telmo.