Fooled by those glimpses of sunshine last week? Welcome back to real life. Winter is here and it won’t be going anywhere for a while. Delivery and Netflix are all that you are envisioning for Friday nights and you’ve already announced to your friends that you’ll only be available on through social media or carrier pigeon.
Hope is not lost though. After some carb-fueled research, here is the food lover’s guide to dealing with the winter blues here in Buenos Aires.
Reaching for something sweet is about as human as it gets when temperatures drop. But, where does one get the perfect combination of both great baked goods, good tea, coffee and a cozy setting? Malvon in Villa Crespo is the short answer.
It’s cute, warm and has a soul restoring variety of cakes, budines, cookies and other homemade treats. The carrot cake is among our favorites. Their coffee has finally been gaining ground there, but tea is still king of the menu. If you’re into a fruitier brew, go for the “Mango” – a green tea with mango and subtle notes of guava. If you’re more into something a bit spicier, “Mumbai” is the pick for you.
Not far from there is Café Crespin, a little American-style bakery serving the rightfully (but self) professed “best” cinnamon roll. Their key lime pie and hot cakes are not to be missed either. Coffee lovers rejoice! Crespin works with Cafe Puerto Blest’s top beans and serves a more generous cup than most.
Close to Malvon’s Palermo Chico location is Birkin. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the colder New York style design scheme, this place has the right amount of cozy, delicious coffee and seriously solid pastry options. The lemon cake with poppy seeds is as fluffy as it gets with just the right amount of sweet and is ideal for sharing. Did we mention their coffee is great? It is. Macchiato is our regular choice there. Next level caffeination.
If we’re talking about sweet little pleasures, there’s no way we can leave without mentioning French pastries… Our new favorite spot to get them? Le Moulin de la Fleur brand new Puerreydon spot, offering a variety of your favorite French treats. The pain au chocolat, croissants are always a safe choice, but for those really crappy winter afternoons don’t hesitate to try one of their eclairs, among the variety of other mouthwatering desserts calling your name from the counter.
Sure we all love asados, but honestly, who wants to spend a cold windy afternoon, (or worst – an icy evening) watching meat get cooked? It’s time for a change. Drop your chori and go for fried chicken, enough with the chimi, it’s time for a spicy BBQ sauce, bye bye parrilla, bring on the slowcooker.
When it comes to southern treats, El Tejano is the place to go. Grap a spot at their small but comfy bar, order a pint and make some hard choices. Brisket sandwich? Ribs? Add some BBQ sauce, and you’re well on your way to surviving the winter. Great news is the oh so famous chili con carne will be on the menu all the way until sun rises again next September.
A new player in the southern food scene made its appearance – along with an actual Texan slow cooker – by the end of 2015 and has proven to be promising: Bulls BBQ Smoke House. And no, it’s not the same one you find on Pedidos Ya. Though the nachos and ‘Philly’ sandwich weren’t up to our expectations, we have to admit the incredibly tender ribs, soaked in a rich homemade barbecue sauce melted a piece of our hearts.
We also recommend you give the pulled pork sandwich a try. And when it comes to southern food you all know NOLA is the place to go to. If you’re looking to branch out from their perfectly fried chicken then go ahead and order the gumbo. It’s the actual bomb. We also recommend you take a look at the kitchen board and give the day specials a try. Crazy things have been happening there lately, we heard the ropa vieja was a huge success, as were the beans and coconut.
Savory Winter Escapes
Can you think of a warmer, happier word than “stew”? We can’t. Which is why Peron Peron is on the list. Believe or not, this place pays tribute to the greatly debated figure Juan Domingo Peron and his practically mythical wife Evita. But let’s forget about politics for a moment and focus on what truly matters here: food.
To start warming up, go for a couple of ossobuco empanadas. They’re pretty small and so incredibly delicious that they won’t last long, so move on quickly to the more serious stuff.
The lentil stew is to die for, heavy on flavor and calories. This Argentine classic, cooked with bacon and chorizo will be all you’ll want to eat this winter. The ossobuco is another of the season’s favorite, order it with the house’s creamy polenta. The ultimate winter plate though is the famous “garron de cordero” (lamb shank). Tender with just the right amount of fat and lots of flavor.
If you’re looking for something lighter, Ramen is what you should go for. And we all know there is one place in Palermo where one can get a decent bowl: Fukuro. And while you wait to get your warming plate of noodles, why don’t you go ahead and order some steamed buns?
Mian in Barrio Chino is also a great choice for noodles, specially if you’re looking for a quick but savory lunch escape. If you’re feeling adventurous you might want to point at an item on the chinese menu. Anyway, make sure you add on some spice to your order.