The battle is won.
The award for the best parrilla in Buenos Aires – at least according to porteños – goes to the famous (infamous?) Palermo restaurant La Cabrera. Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta announced the news yesterday after 17,596 locals voted in the BA Capital Gastronómica initiative.
Considering that 3 million people live in Buenos Aires, chances are the results aren’t very representative of what people in this city think. But oh well.
The competition that began on August the 30th and ran through until September the 10th saw 55 parrillas enter the race across the City.
The winner, a much-hyped Palermo meat den, serves large juicy steaks accompanied by mini dishes, creating an explosion of flavor with each bite. What’s even better is that from 6:30 PM to 8 PM it offers a 40 percent discount on everything (yes, everything!), making it probably one of the best happy hours in town.
And as of yesterday, the owner of this iconic grill, Gastón Riveira, will now be able to show-off his new trophy in the establishment, while (mostly foreign) customers will be able say that they’ve been to the “best” parrilla in Buenos Aires.
For Gastón Riveira, teamwork has played a major role in the success of the restaurant: “For things to work you have to have a good team and be there, because a restaurant cannot be operated remotely.”
Siga La Vaca takes second place with 2,029 votes and the celebrity of grilling in Argentina, Don Julio, takes third place, with 953 votes; both were awarded certificates to display in their restaurants.
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However, it should be noted that this competition is part of a wider initiative to make Buenos Aires a foodie capital, with the mayor adding: “We are all working to make Buenos Aires a gastronomic capital.”
It’s not all about binge eating (though, it’s a good excuse), but to generate jobs. Larreta explained that the food industry in the city has created “lots of jobs” and that is why “we are promoting tourism, so that we have people from all over world tasting the delicious food of Buenos Aires.”
This is the fourth event of its kind to be held, after the best hamburger, the most remarkable coffee and the best milanesa were chosen. Among those three votes, more than 60,000 people participated, placing Williamsburg, El Antojo and Las Violetas in first place on the podium. All in all, an attempt to showcase the best Buenos Aires has to offer.