Homesick? 5 Restaurant Meals for the Nostalgic Expat
Article by Rachael Leonie.
Empanadas and asados are great, but there comes a point when all you want is a stack of pancakes (or flakey croissant or crumbling lavash) and one of mom’s homemade dinners. Well, we can’t get your ma’ nor her cooking to Argentina, but we can offer a little taste of home. Check out our top picks for nostalgia-stirring meals, as we take you around the world in five Buenos Aires eateries.
The Full English Breakfast [at Full City Coffee House]
Full City already has a reputation for its deliciously strong Colombian coffee, and now it’s time to pay homage to the rest of their menu; more specifically, their full English breakfast. Come hungry (or hungover, as it is also the cure to every thirsty Brit’s morning after) and ready to smother yourself with baked beans, mushrooms, tomato, sausage, bacon, fried or scrambled eggs, and toast (whew!). Start with the lighter fare (mushrooms and tomato), then gorge on the good stuff, saving yourself a little bread to mop up the egg yolks and soup remaining after the baked beans are neatly tucked away in your tummy.
Chicken & Waffles [at NOLA]
Source: NOLA Facebook
NOLA has just added a whole new dimension to Buenos Aires eats by putting chicken and waffles on their poultry-loaded menu. In a city lacking waffles and on-target “American” cuisine, NOLA’s combination of the two disrupts the grub game and, frankly, just makes every gordo a happy gordo. Order a Broeder’s beer (craft brewed, another hard-to-find commodity in BsAs), chow down on your chicken and waffles, then attempt to squeeze a postre (blueberry pie, if you’re lucky) into your panza. Bonus tip: NOLA has recently launched a to-go service –so go ahead! order 2 of everything.
Hamburguesa Dellepiane [at Dellepiane Bar]
Source: Dellepiane Bar Facebook
A thick patty piled-high with double the cheese, double the panceta, and Dellepiane’s “special sauce” bursts out from a warm bun. Stop talking about how much you miss fat burgers “done right” and head to Dellepiane Bar in Congreso. Here, the burgers are no joke. The owners are global hamburger hunters, having tasted the likes of In-N-Out and Vegas’ Fat Burger (the proof is hanging on the wall in the form of T-shirts from both venues), so they know what meat lovers want.
Roast Quail [at Fleur de Sel]
Source: Fleur de Sel Facebook
If you’re lucky enough to be from the City of Lights or its surrounding areas, you know good food. Unfortunately, fresh, authentic French fare in Buenos Aires is not as easy to come by as crepes along the River Seine. But Fleur de Sel changes that for those craving a dish reminiscent of their traditional home-country cuisine. Say bonjour to roast quail at Fleur de Sel, where the restaurant’s Nantes-born chef wraps his quail in grape leaves, then pairs the poultry with vegetables and a truffle puree. The bird tastes gamey (a luxury to our hormone-saturated tongues which have almost forgotten what meat is supposed to taste like), the vegetables burst with flavor (and forgo the usual puddle of oil forming the circumference of other restaurants’ so-called “veggie” dishes) and the truffle puree proves itself as an indulgent, yet fresh compliment to the overall dish. One bite is all it will take to draw you back to your French roots.
Lamb with Yogurt Dressing [at U.G.A.B.]
Give Sarki’s a rest and order the lamb with yogurt dressing at Unión General Armenia de Beneficencia. Oh yea, the restaurant’s name is a mouthful; much like the heaps of flavorful Armenian grub you’ll be shoveling down. But the U.G.A.B isn’t just a restaurant –in fact, it’s not a restaurant at all. It’s an Armenian cultural institution that converts its auditorium into a dining room every Friday and Saturday night. Parents cook, bake, and brew authentic Armenian cuisine in the kitchen, while the apron-clad students serve. Proceeds from the meal help fund students’ end-of-the-year trip to Armenia, which is the icing on the cake –or in this case, the baklava—to a great meal. Now that’s a food coma you can feel good about.