From snails to frogs: the 5 still lifes in Buenos Aires where you can eat the best portea food

Winter outings usually have a clear motivation that pushes cross the door of the house on nights when the temperature is less than 10C. We can go to the theater or the cinema, but the question will always be the same: “What do we eat next?”

The motivation grows even more if it is a steaming casserole, full of flavor, with a hearty bread pan accompanied by a glass of house red wine. Ace, the still lifes they turn into the best option to spend cold nights as a couple, with friends or with family.

From Chacarita to San Telmo: the 5 still lifes in Buenos Aires where you can eat the best portea food

1 – Albamonte (Av. Corrientes 6735, Chacarita)

It is difficult to find a restaurant in which the specialties are as diverse as the fusilli al fierritothe fried calamarithe ricotta meatballs with filetto and the pizzas (among the richest in the city). In Albamonte it happens, because practically everything is a specialty.

In front of the Chacarita Cemetery and behind a facade that goes completely unnoticedAlbamonte awaits with its immaculate tablecloths, its waiters attentive to every detail and large tables of friends and families for whom this room founded in 1958 it is his second home.

Rice with squid, one of Albamonte’s specialties

Beyond the dishes already mentioned, they offer winter meals that arrive at the table in big steaming pots to share: like the rice with squid ($1850), the casserole of squid, prawns and mussels ($2350) and the Calabrian half chicken ($1920).

2 – Miramar (Av. San Juan 1999, San Cristóbal)

The white napkins bear his embroidered name: Miramar, a classic still life with a spanish imprint inaugurated 72 years ago, back in 1950.

The windows decorated with portage filleting and the signs that indicate what type of dishes they serve (“Ask for suckling pig all year round”) indicate that we are in the right place to spend a comfortable winter night. In Miramar, the pot foods like the lentils ($1100) and the Spanish tripe ($1100) are listed among the specialties.

Miramar, the still life with a Spanish imprint where Portean cuisine has been worshiped since 1950

However, in this room also survive classic dishes of yesteryear such as escargot ($1,300) and frogs Provençal ($3,200). A trip to the past in a restaurant more alive than ever. Traditions are respected here, and good food is one of them.

3 – Cantina Rondinella (Av. Álvarez Thomas 12, Colegiales)

A long and always full room, at the back the kitchen. any of the hysterical young men, with their impeccable white jackets and loaded with steel plateswelcomes and indicates a table.

In Rondinella there are hysterical young men, with their impeccable white jackets and loaded with steel plates

In this bar that recently celebrated its first 30 years, everything is correct, without luxuries or sophistication. Rich and simple, what we all expect from a portage bodegn.

In winter, some of the most popular dishes are rice with shrimp or squid and seafood casserole. However, the whole chickens calabresa or portuguesewhich arrive at the table cut into large serving dishes and surrounded by Spanish potatoes, are a hit all year round.

4 – Spiagge Di Napoli (Av. Independencia 3527, Boedo)

The history of Spiagge Di Napoli dates back to 1926, when Juan Ranieri arrived in Argentina from Peschici, a small town on the shores of the Adriatic, to seek a future in these lands. So it was that he found a place to fulfill his dream of opening a restaurant and bringing his wife and children to the country. Today, Don Juan’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren keep their traditions alive in this bodegn specialized in pasta.

Juan Ranieri arrived from Peschici, a small town on the shores of the Adriatic, in 1924 and opened Spiagge in Boedo

beyond the fucciles to iron and the homemade ravioli with spinach doughThey offer many typical winter foods such as stew with potatoes ($990), polenta with meatballs ($740), and escargot ($1,140). Without a doubt, this is one of the Emblematic still lifes of a historic area of ​​the city of Buenos Aires.

5 – Pulpera Quilapán (Defense 1344, San Telmo)

A grocery store like the ones from before, in which the aroma of pot food mixes with music and dance. In a historic mansion in San Telmo, Quilapán is the right place to enjoy a night of pea, tango or live jazz accompanied by the house specialty: Creole meals.

In San Telmo, Quilapán offers pot dishes and live tango, folklore and jazz shows

Although a ticket or show fee is paid to participate in the activities, the prices of the winter menu are very popular: vegetarian pot ($420), locro ($680) and hunter stew based on lentils, pine mushrooms, deer meat and wild boar ($1150). All accompanied by sautéed homemade empanadas and wine penguins, as it should be.