Thanksgiving is today and yet again nostalgic yanquis are on the lookout for an Argentine dinner joint that can stuff a turkey as good as grandma. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some porteños have lately embraced with gusto the spirit of a holiday whose essence is the wanton consumption of exorbitant amounts of food over the course of a single meal which can stretch till the early hours of the morning.
When carried out efficiently, participants often suffer food comas which can last up to several days. Luckily, several events have sprouted up around the city to provide a quality All-American service for hungry gringos and anyone else who feels like eating twice their body weight in food today.
Magdalena’s Party (Thames 1795)
Magda’s is offering an all you can eat dinner feast, complete with “banquet tables” and pumpkin pie. Traditional thanksgiving food is on offer, so you won’t be missing out on your roast turkey fix, home made stuffing, cornbread and even some healthy greens. There are two seating times, at 8 and 10 PM and you can RSVP at [email protected] Glasses of wine are included.
Closed door Mexican-American restaurant is offering an alternative to the usual grub, with such Southern-style soul food as pulled pork sandwiches, sriracha barbecue sauce and cornbread. Space is limited but MASA is serving on both Thursday and Friday nights at 9 PM. So if you can bring yourself to forfeit the turkey this year, book your places at [email protected]
Sugar Bar (Costa Rica 4619)
With its host of offers and discounts, it may give you best value for your cash. Besides a traditional menu featuring [!] warm apple pie, vanilla ice cream and not one – but two – Budweiser longnecks, there are a bunch of drink specials, happy hour until midnight and girls get an open bar from 9 PM to 1 AM. Seating is at 7.30 and 10 PM, and you can RSVP at [email protected] US music to be played through the night.
Kansas Bar and Grill (Av. Libertador 4625)
Probably the biggest celebration, Kansas is inspired by high-end US steakhouses and also boasts locations in Pilar and upscale San Isidro. The menu features stuffed turkey, nut purée and pecan pie. There are even vegetarian options! Thanksgiving is served all day but Kansas fills up fast, so the earlier you can make it the better.
The American Club (Viamonte 1133)
If you’re looking for something really fancy, try the American Club off 9 de Julio, which offers not only a full selection of holiday food but also the chance to brush forks with the Ambassador. Children (if you have any) are half price, with lunch kicking off at 1 PM, although a cash bar is available from noon. Turkey: stuffed and roasted. Sauce: apple and cranberry. Apple pie: “a la mode”. RSVP at [email protected] to find out what that means.