In: Eating23 Sep 2010
This has been a popular place on Austin’s East Side for a few years. Luckily for us, they just opened a new one out West in the Galleria. Buenos Aires specializes in Argentinian foods like empanadas and sandwiches, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. Above, the Choripan, a sandwich of grilled bratwurst on a baguette, served warm with chimichurri sauce. Chimichurri is a classic Argentinian sauce for grilled meats, with parsley, oregano, peppers, garlic, vinegar and oil, and it is delicious. The fresh spinach side salad is topped with feta cheese and candied pecans. (You can get fries instead of a salad.) Buenos Aires is joining in Austin Restaurant Week next week, which means Monday-Wednesday you can get a three-course lunch for $15, a three-course dinner for $35.
With the weather cooling off a bit, you might opt to sit outside on the patio.
The tomato-basil soup was incredibly fresh-tasting. Believe it or not, this is just a cup of it – it’s huge!
Empanadas, or filled turnovers, are a specialty. There are four kinds – this one is Verdura, filled with spinach, ricotta and parmesan. That’s the addictive chimichurri sauce on the side.
The interior is roomy and open, with cozy touches like the unusual cowhide-framed mirrors, below.
There’s an extensive wine list exclusively featuring reasonably priced wines from Argentina. It’s a great opportunity to try some names that might be new.
You could taste the anchovies in the fresh Caesar Salad dressing. In back is a tuna empanada, a savory mix of tuna, onion, tomato, and black and green olives.
A typical snack in Argentina is the tostada: extremely thin slices of bread with ham and cheese in the middle. They can be eaten cold or toasted, like this one. Crisp and deceptively light!