El Pasaje

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El Pasaje is a highlight of any Buenos Aires itinerary.  While it doesn't quite have the local hole-in-the-wall atmosphere of some of its peers in Buenos Aires, the food ranks up at the top of the list.  The meat, in particular, is of a very high degree of quality.  As with all grill establishments in Argentina, make sure you order your meat a little extra on the rare side to take full advantage of the beefy flavor and fat marbling.

The restaurant is right next to one of the big Chabad Houses in the city, and is in a very nice neighborhood with a lot of other kosher infrastructure.  It is adjacent to an enlarged sidewalk area, and has a large, covered outdoor seating area.  They have heat lamps, so this is a great place to dine even when the weather is chilly.

The menu is extensive, but if you're with enough people, don't miss the Parrillada Completa, which is served at your table on your own charcoal grill.  It is piled high with steaks, chorizo, chicken, sweetbreads, and gizzards.  As far as side dishes go, the Revuelto Gramajo is as good as it gets, with french fries sauteed with scrambled eggs and smokey bacon-like beef.

Wash it down with a cold Quilmes beer, and make sure to plan on a long after-dinner walk.

 

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McDonalds

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McDonald's in Buenos Aires is a special treat, as the only kosher outlet of the fast-food giant located outside of Israel, and one of very few kosher chain restaurant stores anywhere in the world.  It is located in the Abasto Shopping Complex, and is up the escalators on the second-floor food court.  Be careful, as there are two McDonald's outlets in this food court: one that is kosher and one that is not.  

The menu at this outlet is limited compared to the non-kosher McDonald's locations, but they still have all of the favorites: Big Macs, Happy Meals, McNuggets, McChicken Sandwiches, and of course McDonald's Fries.  The menu shows that they also have parve McDonald's soft serve ice cream, but they've always been "out of it" every time I've visited.

The food is fresh-tasting, crispy, and delicious, and is a fun way to spend a meal in Buenos Aires.  Although it may seem strange to spend a meal at McDonald's in a city that has so many renowned kosher eateries, it is worth it for the novelty factor.  Also, most restaurants in the city don't even open for dinner until 8:00pm or 8:30pm, so if you ever need an early dinner, this is actually one of the only options.

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Al Galope

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In the heart of one of Buenos Aires's most Jewish neighborhoods, on Tucuman Street, Al Galope is a world-renowned Argentinian-style grill that serves up some of the greatest food in the city (and up there with the greatest food in the world).  Although unassuming from the street, this restaurant consistently churns out excellent grilled meats that keep it packed with locals every day of the week.  Given that it is cash-only, come prepared - but don't go crazy - as the menu is extremely reasonably priced given the high quality of the food.

Start with some appetizers, but don't fill up too much.  The empanadas are delicious, especially when smothered in the homemade red chimichurri.  Also don't miss the revuelto gramajo (french fries, sauteed with smokey meat and scrambled eggs.

The main course is meat.  The Parrillada Especial "Al Galope" is a must - it comes with all of the meats on the menu, and is served on a hot charcoal grill placed in the center of the table.  Unless you are with a big party, get the half.  It is enough to feed a lot of people.

This place is such a treat.  Buen Provecho!  

 

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