We all like to get out of the kitchen every so often and treat ourselves to a well-deserved meal, which isn’t a pre-packed sad desk lunch or over-the-top dinner. But with the economic situation being less than ideal (to say the least), food prices are on the rise. As the struggle to find delicious but reasonably priced morfi continues, we’re here to tell you where to go for a truly tasty meal for less than a AR $200 bill.
No empanada or pizza places are included, because we’re not that extra and everyone already has their favorite go-to anyway. Instead, we’re going on a culinary journey up to the Caribbean shores through the spicy peaks of Mexico and across the mountainous Far East, all without leaving the capital. Sound too good to be true? You can thank us later.
Difficult to locate but well worth the hunt, cozy Venezuelan arepa bar Guaica is situated on the basement floor of a pretty retro-looking mall (fun fact: if you’re in need of a new phone charger, external battery pack, or anything tech-related, Galería Jardín is your spot!). Guaica is definitely low-profile and off the radar for most. With a simple menu of a few specialty arepas, you can’t go wrong no matter what you order. It goes without saying though that their avocado, tomato, and cheese combo is the all-around winner. You’ll no doubt be back for more.
Florida 537, Galería Jardín, Local 315 | Mon – Sat 12 PM – 7 PM | Arepas are around AR $100 | More info |
This is the place for an office lunch on the fly. With arm-length burritos loaded with just about anything your hunger pangs crave, if you do manage to finish it, you won’t need refueling for about a week. Meat is carved freshly in front of the customer and added to a toasted flatbread, along with a huge choice of salad items. Your best bet is to go for a bit of everything, with plenty of sauce added into the mix. If you really are inhumanely hungry, their dulce de leche cheesecake is truly delectable and worth the insane calorie load.
Fitz Roy 1841 | Mon – Fri 12 PM – 3 PM | Roll of the day is AR $70 | More info |
A sandwich bar, really? I hear you, but these sandwiches are extra-special epic monsters of fillings, encased in thickly sliced slathers of freshly baked bread. Flavors range from the classic milanesa sandwich to the more creative Thai style chicken served with peach chutney, cilantro, and arugula. Portions are generous and can be easily split between two. Due to its prime location in office-land, by 2 PM the place is packed to the gills so arrive early or be prepared to a grab a ticket and shout loudly.
Tacuarí 185 | Mon – Fri 8 AM – 5 PM | Sandwiches are around AR $100 | More info |
For a jazzed up version of Argentina’s archetypal sausage and bread sandwich, head to Soho staple Chori. With a basic but tasty chori de cancha served with tangy chimichurri, it’s a risk-free option for those who know what they like. If you’re looking to broaden your choripán horizons, go for the prizewinning original of smoked pork served with mushrooms, lettuce, orange, and garlic. Sounds odd, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Open until late-ish, it’s perfect for a beer and chori at lunch, atypical merienda, or a casual pre-boliche dinner.
Thames 1653 | Sun – Thu 12:30 PM – 12:30 AM | Fri – Sat 12:30 PM – 1 AM | Choris are around AR $130 | More info |
You could be fooled by the grandiose settings into thinking that Bellagamba is a far fancier affair than the reality. Providing a wide variety of fail-safe favorites, the bodegón has both a self-service section as well as an extensive menu. If you’re looking for real value for money, make sure to check out their daily suggestions, which range from brioche and bondiola to a more substantial bife de chorizo.
Various Locations | Mon – Sun 8 AM – 1 AM | Around AR $150 | More info |
If you are craving asado and have no urge to get the parrilla going, Don Niceto is the closest you’re going to get to a home grilled BBQ. So, the setting might not be the most picturesque (the fluorescent lighting resembles a public bathroom), keep your ‘judgey’ hat off for just a moment. Relaxed vibes mean you can turn up wearing just about anything – hello Tuesday evening sweats. It’s likely you’ll end up spending more than AR $200 on a full-blown meal, but if you just feel like a hearty snack or light lunch, you’re in the right place.
Av. Cnel. Niceto Vega 5255 | Tues – Fri 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM | Sat 11 AM – 5 PM, 8:30 PM – 12 AM | Prices vary but AR $ 200 will provide a light lunch | More info |
If your palate is missing some fire and spice not often found the local cuisine, a little zest might just be what you need. This tiny Mexican hole in the wall, located in San Telmo, seats about 20, and its burritos served with all the trimmings are supposedly some of Buenos Aires’ best. Served alongside their salsa extra picante, real spice aficionados can get their chili fix in a flash. The margaritas are definitely worth getting, but you’ll have to part with a little more plata to go for the whole hog. It’ll be worth it though.
Balcarce 873 | Mon – Sat 12 PM – 5 PM, 7 PM – 12 AM | Sun 1 PM – 11 PM | A burrito is AR $140 | More info |
Millennial hummus lovers rejoice that Buenos Aires can, in fact, produce the good stuff, and at reasonable prices too. Serving up falafels, our beloved hummus, baba ganoush and a few other Israeli treats that change daily, Teamim is just a few blocks from Parque Centenario, making it an easy and cheap picnic haul for a sunny afternoon.
Av. Díaz Vélez 4431 | Mon – Tues 10 AM – 3 PM | Wed – Fri 10 AM – 3 PM, 5 – 10 PM | Sat 11 AM – 3 PM | AR $200 will fill a hungry diner| More info |
Getting a flavorful, reasonably priced curry can sometimes feel like it’s an impossible request, it isn’t. Located in the thick of microcentro, Green Curry is another gem where you can get your spicy kick. With an extensive menu ranging from a red curry to a sweet and sour wok, there’s something for both those who love a bit of zing and those who definitely don’t.
Tucumán 271 | Mon – Fri 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Curry of the day is AR $150 | More info |
For the juiciest, meatiest burger around, head straight to Dogg. With options of a double or triple patty burger, no doubt your panza will get some bang for its buck. With an overwhelmingly vast selection of toppings, including rarely seen burger trimmings like Brie and guacamole, it’s time to get creative and throw the calorie count to the side. Don’t miss the wall of hot sauces – brought in from all over the globe – to accompany Dogg’s legendary fries.
San Martín 657 – Lavalle 1134 – Blanco Encalada 1651 | A burger is around AR $150 | More info |
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