“Argentinean food” just means steak to a lot of people, but for more everyday food, there are a bunch of hole-in-the-wall joints that are pretty much like holes-in-the-wall in Buenos Aires.
Mercado Buenos Aires has good choripan (sausage sandwich), empanadas, and fried cheese. Service is straight outta BA–the staff would rather be watching futbol.
Grand Casino, a bakery, makes tasty empanadas that are baked instead of fried, says Dommy.
DiveFan points to the empanadas and Argentinean sandwiches at the deli counter of the Argentinean-owned Continental Market.
If it’s fugazza you want, the Argentinean answer to pizza, minus the sauce, try Carniceria Argentina, says Jerome. There’s also Catalina’s Market.
Colo’s is a tiny place tucked into the back of a North Hollywood mini-mall. It’s pretty darn good, says Steve Doggie-Dogg, and they have a butcher shop too.
It’s no longer a hole in the wall, says silvana, but Tito’s Market still is a great place to go for empanadas and other Argentinean goodies.
And if you just can’t live without a hunk of beef, you might as well hit up Carlito’s Gardel, which somehow isn’t as well known as it should be, for a melt-in-your-mouth steak.
Mercado Buenos Aires [East San Fernando Valley]
7540 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys
Grand Casino French Bakery [Culver City-ish]
3826 Main St., Culver City
Continental Gourmet Market [South LA]
12921 Prairie Ave., Hawthorne
Carnicera Argentina [East San Fernando Valley]
11740 Victory Blvd., at Colfax, North Hollywood
Colos [East San Fernando Valley]
11009 Burbank Blvd., at Vineland, North Hollywood
Tito’s Market [East LA-ish]
9814 Garvey Ave., El Monte
Any Argentinean gems I don’t know about?