Are you planning a trip to Argentina? Perhaps to visit the Iguazu Falls or learn Tango in Buenos Aires? Maybe you are traveling to see the beautiful and diverse landscape in Patagonia or the Andes Mountains. Whatever your reasons maybe, be sure to check out these 5 foodie places you should visit on your next trip to Argentina.
Fitz Roy 1795, Palermo, Argentina
Bariloche in Argentina’s Patagonia is one of the most attractive cities in the country. Surrounded by rivers, forests and dominated by the Andes, it is popular for outdoor activities. If your travels take you to Patagonia, you have to indulge in the authentic local specialty – Patagonia Lamb or Cordero. The best place to have Patagonia lamb is at Alto El Fuego. Walking into this restaurant is like walking into a little rustic and cozy dining room. Be sure to make reservations or go early. When you order the Patagonia lamb cooked on a parilla (grill), you will immediately notice the large serving sizes. If you are not too hungry, this meal is perfect to share. Served with a side of french fries, this lamb is incredibly flavorful and tender.
Bonus: Matias Bollinger is the chef and owner. He is very approachable and open to sharing his love for Patagonia food. Stop by and say “hi.”
De Los Pioneros, 451, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
Mendoza is known for its red wines, particularly the Malbec. It is also a city close to the Andes mountains, with a unique climate making it very favorable to delicious fresh produce. Maria Antonieta is a local bistro restaurant in downtown Mendoza. This is the perfect place to try local specialties made with seasonal produce, while enjoying a delicious glass of Malbec. They serve delicious sandwiches including their signature Sandwich de ojo de Bife con salsa criolla (Ribeye steak with criolla sauce sandwich). The beef is exquisite along with the incredibly intense flavored tomatoes, pepper and onions. A delight! Everything is homemade including the bread. Bonus: Argentina is all about meat though Maria Antonieta offers delicious vegetarian local specialties as well.
Belgrano 1069, Mendoza, Argentina
+ 54 261 4204322
If your trip to Argentina takes you to “The End of The World”, then you have to try the local specialties of the region. Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego and also home to the famous Tierra del Fuego National Park. This port town is a popular gateway city to the Antarctica and is nicknamed the “End of the World.” Food from the Tierra del Fuego (Fuegian food) is influenced heavily by the natural resources, which are fish and seafood. The best place to try the fresh seafood is at Kaupé Restaurant. Perched on top of a hill overlooking the Ushuaia harbor, this high-end restaurant is one of the best in town. The King Crab (Centolla) is a local specialty and must be experienced. It is on the expensive side, but the servings are huge and can be easily shared. The King Crab is served “naked” and devoid of any sauces. That way you get to taste the full, rich flavor of fresh crab. You will find this to be the sweetest, most delicious crab you’ve ever tasted. Bonus: Grab a table by the window and watch the boats come in. Enjoy your crab with Torrontes wine, a delicious white Argentinian wine.
Roca 470, Ushuaia, Argentina
In the Northwest region of Argentina, you will discover secluded Andean villages. Tilcara is one of these villages in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, which is known for its colorful desertic landscapes and rich Andean traditions. Tilcara attracts many tourists and has many restaurants, which is surprising for such a small village. Khuska Restaurant is located off the tourist path, and has the best local specialty – llama meat. The cazuela de llama is a casserole of llama meat thinly sliced mixed with boiled native Andean potatoes and served with a creamy sauce. It is incredibly delicious. The meat is very lean and tender. The potatoes are full of flavor and the rich sauce give the meal a smooth finish. Bonus: If you still have room for dessert, don’t miss the local specialty quesillo con cayote which is a flat cheese with sweet squash.
Padilla s/n Tilcara, Jujuy, Argentina
+ 54 8154787356
About Claire and Rosemary
Claire and Rosemary are co-founders of Authentic Food Quest. They aim to inspire travelers through the discovery and knowledge of authentic foods.