Our first stop is Don Julio (Guatemala 4691), which is an upper crust steakhouse in the Palmero district. The steak here is fantastic and the vibe of the entire restaurant is very much old school. We got in at 8pm, which is early by Argentine standards, and ended up with lomo (tenderloin) which is pictured above. The cut is generous and the beef itself is phenomenal. This steak paired with a malbec is what makes restaurants like this famous. Reservations here are strongly recommended.
Want to see more of the restaurant scene in Buenos Aires, along with what has to be the all time, best treat from Argentina? Keep reading after the break!
Pizza isn't the only Italian that is being served here. Our next restaurant takes us towards "La Boca", where the famed (if overrated) Caminito is. Il Mattarello is full of families and friends meeting over a hearty meal of pasta, salad, and wine. If you are not looking out of it and if you are not seeking it out explicitly, odds are you will never stumble across this restaurant tucked away on the ground floor of a residential street (Martín Rodríguez 517).
No list of restaurants in Buenos Aires can be complete without the next entry: La Caberra. This is one of the most well known steakhouses in the city and sure to be a great time with a reservation. The steak was on par with Don Julio, but for us the meal was a little more festive. That might have had something to do with the free bottles of wine that they gave us at the end, or the fact that we had an unexpected visit in the spirit of the Ameglian Major Cow (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference. Google it.)
Havanna, which runs a series of shops and coffee shops around town. They come in a variety of flavors, including one with chocolate, lemon, and hazelnut, and every one of them is delicious. They are somewhere similar to moon pies, but with the marshmallow swapped out for rich dulce de leche filling. They can be purchased in the US, but these are fairly hard to come by. Our biggest mistake of the trip was not buying more of these to bring home, because everyone one that we have shared them with have been blown away by these simple, small treats.