Increasingly Buenos Aires is becoming a destination for food and wine lovers around the world. Recently 15 Argentine restaurants were named in a list of the 50 best restaurants in Latin America. Here’s a list of some traditional Argentine dishes you have to try when you visit Argentina. We eat many of these on our food tours in Buenos Aires, but if aren’t able to join us, it might be helpful.
Meat – This is an obvious one. Argentine steak is famous for its tenderness and flavor, as well as the Argentine custom of asado barbeques and parrilla steakhouses. It’s pretty hard to avoid eating more than your share of steak when you visit Buenos Aires, but it is worth noting that quality between parrillas varies greatly. Check out our guide to ordering meat in the country.
Achuras – While this is meat too, achuras, or offal, are wildly popular in Argentina. In many parts of the world these cuts are discarded, but here they are more desired than steaks by many people. Order a parrilla mixta that includes several types of achuras.
Dulce de leche – This thick caramel-like sauce is spread generously on just about everything in Argentina from toast to cakes to on ice cream. We highly recommend you try the ice cream version of it and pick up a couple bottles of good ddl to take home.
Milanesa – An Argentine comfort food, milanesa is a breaded cutlet, most commonly veal or chicken. Brought to the country by Italian immigrants, milanesa is a beloved dish here, and there are several variations of it. Our favorite is milanesa napolitana, which is milanesa topped with ham, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
Empanadas – One of traditional foods of Argentina you’re most likely to find outside of the country, the empanada is without a doubt a must-try. Quality of empanadas ranges dramatically, so you’ll have to try several while you’re visiting! The classic flavor in the Buenos Aires region is the carne empanada.
Choripan – Buenos Aires or Argentina does not have a street food culture, but choripan is one of the very few exceptions. This delicious sausage and bread is the local (and much better) version of the hot dog. It is served at asados, at roadside stands, and soccer games.
Locro – A Northern Argentina classic, Locro is a hearty stew that often includes squash, potatoes, corn, beans and beef. If you visit the region around Salta you’ll have lots of opportunities to try it, but even in Buenos Aires there are several restaurants that offer it.
Medialunas – Literally translated as “half moons,” medialunas are the Argentine version of the croissant. Bakeries offer two varieties, lard and butter based medialunas, with our personal favorite being the super soft and sweet butter medialunas. Visit one of the classic cafes of Buenos Aires and order a café con leche and a few medialunas.