Buenos Aires – Six of the Best Cheap Eats
Buenos Aires is a food lover’s dream. It was great to be back in a city that had so much good culinary choice on offer. With only a week there was no way to get to all the places we wanted. However the ones we did are listed here, and trust us none of them disappoint.
El Sanjuanino, Recoleta.
Cute and cosy this long running bar-cafe serves up some of the best empanadas we tasted. Try and bag a table upstairs for the full experience or it’s standing only down below. Mozzarella in the ham and cheese empanada oozed out to perfection. Liz had arguably the best four cheese ravioli she’d ever had. Plus very drinkable house red at reasonable prices. A great choice before heading to the incredible Fuerza Bruta show (see our other Buenos Aires post here). Address: Posadas 1515, Recoleta.
One of the coolest budget friendly restaurants in Palermo, the burgers here are served thick and fast. There’s a multitude of choices including Mexican, American, blue cheese and Messi (named after the football player). All are delicious and will fill you up. The fries are crunchy and amazing. They make their own condiments in house and the mayo-coriander sauce was delicious. Address: Borges 1766, Palermo.
Comedor Nikkai (Japanese)
Some of the freshest sushi in town. We got there with friends at 11.30pm (they eat late in Buenos Aires) and were given a table in no time even though it was busy. The sushi was expertly done and the udon soup was next level. We ordered a selection box of 30 pieces which was perfect for our group of four. We washed it all down with some ice cold Asahi’s and hot sake. Porteno’s (Buenos Aires residents) like to hit the clubs late and this was the perfect meal before heading out. Address: Av Independencia 732, San Telmo.
Situated in the back streets of Palermo, this old school restaurant has been around for almost 60 years. And by the look of it so have most of the staff. This is a slightly no frills options but is always popular and for good reason. We were told by friends to share a steak because they were on the big side and were glad for the advice. Our well cooked juicy bife de chorizo (fillet steak) was enough to feed a small family. We ordered a bottle of decent mid priced malbec. And with a tomato side salad it was more than enough to accompany the main. Definitely recommended as it ticks all the boxes for an authentic Porteno steak experience. Address: Paraguay 5099, Palermo.
A hidden gem in the back streets of Moreno, this local favourite cooks up a mean bondiola (pork steak sandwich). Serving hungry locals all day long. You can order take away from the little hole in the wall or grab a table outside.We opted for the latter and sat out on the pavement sharing a litre of beer, ordering the massive sandwich. We knew one would be enough when the body builder bro sitting next to us split one with his mate. The meat is stuffed generously in the baguette while their onion and chilli mustard relish is tangy perfection. Address: Moreno 2201.
This place has been a Buenos Aires institution for over 70 years and it’s easy to see why. Pizza slices are served thick and fast from the takeaway counter. Locals in the know stand to eat the thick crispy dough bases topped with mountains of gooey mozzarella cheese. The old time decor gives a real sense of a time forgotten, but the pizzas remain some of the best in town. Try and get in before the 1pm lunch rush has queues snaking through the door onto the pavement outside. Address: Av. Corrientes 1368
You could literally spend weeks eating your way around Buenos Aires. One of the best places for more info is the awesome foodie website, Pick Up The Fork. Visit for comprehensive reviews of the best culinary experiences in the city.
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