The Height of Argentine Fare

“The epitome of Argentinian food in LA is Mercado Buenos Aires,” says RicRios. “The service is very authentic (which means as bad as it gets …),” he says, the TV screens are constantly blaring soccer, and the food is excellent. And cheap. It’s “very informal,” says estone888, but it serves “truly great steaks, great Argentinian sausages, matambre, empanadas, parillada, great chimichurri on the table–all about as authentically like a neighborhood cafe in Argentina as you can find.” Mercado Buenos Aires “is as good as it gets,” agrees anothernotch.

Others recommend Carlitos Gardel. The place really knows its wines, especially Malbecs, says Foodandwine. And be sure to get dessert, like mascarpone tart with dulce de leche at the bottom, mascarpone mousse in the center, and a dark chocolate shell. It’s simple and perfect, says tablefor1, who also recommends the flan: “the perfect balance of cool-jiggly and melt-in-your-mouth creamy.”

Mercado Buenos Aires [San Fernando Valley–West]
7540 Sepulveda Boulevard, Van Nuys
818-786-0522

Carlitos Gardel [Mid-City]
7963 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
323-655-0891

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